Nebbeling gets threatening phone call Mayor Ted Nebbeling believes his comments about crossing picket lines if unionized workers struck a local hotel was behind a threatening phone call he received last weekend. "The caller said I'd be a scab if I crossed a picket line and then said you know what we do to scabs," Nebbeling said. "He also used a bunch of profanity that under our nuisance bylaw would be a ticketable offence," Nebbeling added wryly. Last week Nebbeling said his biggest fear was that "if unions get enough power to always threaten strikes we are going to be held hostage and blackmailed by unions. That is not the way Whistler operates." He added: "If need be, I will be the first one to cross that picket line and pick up a vacuum cleaner." When the phone caller called Nebbeling a scab the mayor replied he would work for free. He believes the call originated from outside Whistler. "It's unfortunate the 932 and 938 exchanges don't have the technology to show the number a call is originating from, like they have in Vancouver," Nebbeling said. "It's always over the phone. They never confront you face to face."