in which crow is eaten and the chickens head home

Today is all about the power of the web. There was a very interesting flame war about plagiarism a few days ago involving someone gaffling Sara's work and putting it up on their site as their own. And today there was a similar situation at Squishy, and a resulting flame war on the boards. At press time, the offending girl is backing off in a bizarre, "Okay, yeah I stole. But see, wasn't this fun?" manner that I'm not buying.

Well, y'all remember last week when I got a really nasty email in which someone got mad at me for having complained eight months ago about my cell phone company changing my service contract without warning me? If you don't, here's a brief recap:

Upon receiving the email, I wrote him back, warning him that I'd be posting the email along with his address, (and told him to suck my ass, or something like that.) He didn't respond, so I indeed did post it the note and his address. Sara promptly realized he'd written from his work email and used it to find his company's web page, complete with the dude's photo and work phone number. Naturally, he got a lot of nasty emails from you vigilant and fun-loving readers -- something I anticipated and appreciated. I imagine y'all did everything short of putting him on amihotornot? (Don't do it now, even though it would be funny as shit.)

Well, a week later, I finally hear back from him. He's had enough.

Here's the original piece of mail:

here's a suggestion--would you like some cheese with your whine, you tedious little shit. every-fucking-one knows that having a mobile phone is always going to be more expensive than a land line phone. you should have studied every single line of the fine print on the contract before signing. I guess for you whining is a great way to cover up you own stupidity.
Have a nice day.

Okay, mean, huh? Pointlessly mean. Not a personal attack or anything, but just psychotically aggressive and angry-at-the-world. Every time I read it, I get hung up on "…you tedious little shit." What hostility. Anyway, so upon posting his note, here's what I wrote to him:

oh, and uh, Peter, you might want to use a hotmail account next time you find yourself so bored you have to send hate mail to people you don't even know... especially people who have a large online following who are more than happy to alert them to this:

[the link to his work site]

Good job, dude.

And so today he's had enough. He emailed me this:

I want to apologize for the nasty message I sent to you. I was totally out of line, I admit that completely. I don't know you, and it was not cool of me to be malicious like that. I normally don't do that kind of thing, I was having a bad day.
Having said that, there's the matter of my email address and picture etc. posted on your site. I've gotten some nasty emails from total strangers, so now I know how unpleasant it is. OK, what goes around comes around.
In the spirit of camaraderie, would please take that stuff off your site. I hope that by apologizing I'm demonstrating here that I'm not a jerk, and I hope that you will reciprocate and be cool about this.


While I don't, Peter, understand what you mean by "camaraderie" -- for what reason would I feel camaraderie with you? -- I'm happy to be a good sport about it now. But seriously, your apology would have been a lot more sincere and well received if you'd done it right away after you cooled off, rather than after you got harassed by my readers. (Incidentally, I suggest you quit your job or move or get rid of whatever it is that makes you get mad over someone you don't know not enjoying being ripped-off by their cell phone company. Seriously, that's just weird, to be filled with so much rage. I'd look into it.)

So while I accept the apology, I'm not going to pull down your email address. I have a rule to at least attempt not to go back and edit myself, and I'm not going to do it for you. I never posted your photo, so I'm not sure what you're talking about there.

But I will say this: Dear Readers, please leave Peter Brun alone. Thanks for helping out. It was fun. But it's time to let sleeping whatever do whatever it is they do up in Minnesota.

OK? Chapter closed, Peter. Good luck.

The Robert Downey Jr. Happy Song Corner


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