Guy Scammed Online Gets Revenge By Texting Entire Shakespeare Plays

Guy Scammed Online Gets Revenge By Texting Entire Shakespeare Plays

Edd Joseph bought a PS3 online from some stranger, and guess what? Despite paying for it, the PS3 never arrived. Edd could have just sulked and got on with his life, but no. Edd got revenge. And Edd's revenge was sweet.

"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", Joseph told the Bristol Post.

"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."

Well, it actually started with Macbeth, which took 600 text messages to send in its entirety. He then sent Cymbeline, at 847 texts, All's Well That Ends Well, at 861 messages, and Hamlet, which took 1143 texts to send.

Understandably, the scammer is pissed, his phone rendered unusable by the never-ending torrent of Shakespearian text messages. Edd's been getting abusive phone calls from the perplexed con artist, but he says he's not going to stop.

"I'm not a literary student, and I'm not an avid fan of Shakespeare but I've got a new appreciation you could say - especially for the long ones."

Bristol man gets revenge by texting works of Shakespeare to rogue internet seller [Bristol Post, via Daily Dot]


    Hilarious way to get back at someone although could potentially backfire if you end up getting massive phonebills due to a crappy phone plan.

      That was my first though too, but I've read the guy sending the texts has unlimited free texting with his provider. (This is one of the very few times I would ever read or link to the Courier, too)

        Same thought here - then again, when you have unlimited texts, by all means - spam ahead!

        I think its awesome way to get back at him but he may still get a massive bill.

        Normally these "unlimited plans" have an acceptable use policy which will start charging or stop your service if you go over some limit set by the provider. Unlimited is based on other users and generally what is considered max use by a normal user.

        Its stops people abusing the unlimited calls/SMS by i dunno, say sending the entire works of Shakespeare by SMS.

          1000 texts isn't too huge, SMS messages use absolutely next to no resources on the phone network, they cost the telco practically nothing.
          The fair use policies are usually in place to prevent commercial use of the service, such as communicating with hundreds/thousands of clients, or for advertising etc. Such purposes would use up many tens of thousands of text messages easily.
          Texting a single person constantly like this wouldn't be noticeable on the network really.

            When you have an overly attached partner, then you can easily rack up 1 - 2000 SMS a month.

              That's what I was thinking too! haha.....

              1000 messages a month is only around 30 per day.
              Around 1 every 30 minutes for 16 hours a day. That's not exorbitant by any means.

              Last edited 20/03/14 1:19 pm

            I had read this on a news site yesterday that said after hamlet he has continued on to the other works of Shakespear. He was 22 plays in so more like 22000 texts.

            Still your prob right and its not even going to be noticed.

    I've heard a few variations of this over the last few days and all of them have different details, this is the first version of it I have seen with a PlayStation. Either way I'm calling hoax.

      But, but.... I read it on the must be true..,,
      So my plans of being a well hung Nigerian millionaire Price are all false?!?!
      Next you'll be telling me that the Easter bunny and Santa aren't real either.

        Oh, no, they're definitely real. They were hanging out at my place the other day.

        If you'll send me $100 to cover developing/postage/handling/etc. costs I'll send you photographic evidence. I'll even get them to sign it.

    Scammer changes SIM Card/Phone number/blocks number.

    Problem solved.

      That is usually more hassle than it is worth it. People usually like to keep their number, they have it memorized, all your friends have it, you might even have other services hooked up to it too.

        "Hello phone company? I'm getting unsolicited text messages numbering 300+ daily from an unknown number. This is harassment. Please block this number on my service. Thanks, bye!"

    I'd laugh if the scanner actually starts to like Shakespeare and asks for more :D

    A cool way to get harassment charges, unlimited texting revoked, or dropped from carrier entirely.

      counter-sued with fraudulent transactions / scamming.

        You can't counter-sue something unrelated. Both cases would win, so yay he gets money back but he's in trouble for harassment etc.

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