Angry man sends con-artist Complete Works Of Shakespeare via text

19 March 2014

shakespeare Hell hath no fury like a geek scorned and, in the case of one chap who was conned out of £80 by an online ne'er-do-well, the revenge was rather wordy.

Edd Joseph thought he'd bought a PS3 on Gumtree, but it didn't arrive. Out of pocket and annoyed, Joseph decided to get back at the online vendor by sending him the Complete Works of Shakespeare by text message.

All 29,000 of them.

Mercifully for Edd, he was on an unlimited contract, which meant he didn't have to fork out for the dizzying amount of SMS messages he was sending. It didn't take him an age to cut and paste the whole thing either, thanks to copying the entire text with a single click on an iPhone app.

Of course, Joseph went through the process of trying to get a refund, going to the police and contacting the seller (a certain 'David Williams', so keep an eye out for him), but it was to no avail.

Talking about his revenge, Edd Joseph said: "I was really annoyed and I was trying to think of ways of being more in the position of power because I felt so helpless about it. My first thought was that I could try and pretend I had found out where he lived but it was all a bit of a cliche and it wasn't going to worry him really."

"Then it just occurred to me you can copy and paste things from the internet and into a text message. It got me thinking, 'what can I sent to him' which turned to 'what is a really long book', which ended with me sending him Macbeth."

Naturally, since this bombardment of Shakespeare started, the vendor has been replying with angry messages of his own.

"I got the first reply after an hour, and then a few more abusive messages after that," Edd said. "Recently he has taken to calling me and giving me abuse on the phone. I tried to ask him if he was enjoying the plays, but he was very confused. I'm going to keep doing it. If nothing else I'm sharing a little bit of culture with someone who probably doesn't have much experience of it."

TOPICS:   Scams


  • jo
    wouldnt it have been more practical to just do a chargeback? unless he paid in cash and knowingly walked away without the goods which would just be stupid.
  • amazon s.
    ...UNTIL he changes his sim card with the £80 he got.
  • Ali B.
    Reported to the Police? So Action Fraud then, who do nothing about Fraud.
  • David
    He might get into trouble for harassment if he keeps on sending the texts
  • Jack S.
    Yeah David, sod the victim of crime eh, the loser.
  • Alaba
    re jo: He can't do a chargeback because he did a bank transfer. That's what the article on Yahoo said. Unlimited texts have truly found their use :D
  • James E.
    Apart from most providers have a FUP on 'Unlimited' texts, so he'll probably get booted off his contact.

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