By The Omen
Hello, ladies and gentlemen. In the words of the esteemed Max Bygraves, “Let me tell you a story…”
Once upon a time, there was a forum – and pretty popular it was too. It gave decent advice and its members supported others along their journey, whatever or however hard it was.
One day, a new member appeared – we’ll call him Walter, after Walter Mitty. At first, this person seemed pretty au fait, and he claimed to be (amongst other things) a retired Head Teacher of some pretty posh schools, who now volunteered as a debt counsellor.
One day, he appeared in the chat box screaming “help me – I’m cutting myself, and going to commit hari kari !” So – obviously the caring members were pretty concerned about this person’s safety.
This started to happen on a regular basis…… here are a few examples:-
During the many months of this happening, a few people were duped into helping him and his family. Phone numbers were exchanged, and then the late night calls began – all screaming “Help me !”
Weirdly – through all of this – the wife insisted that this was all genuine, and was indeed happening.
During this time, this person had managed to get a man sacked from his job – therefore causing that man hardship.
He had gained the confidence of many, who shared private and personal information – but sadly he betrayed their trust – and has now shared some of those private emails with others, therefore causing the writers extreme embarrassment.
The above forum owners were warned time and again that this person was in fact a Walter Mitty character, but they absolutely denied it, and continued supporting this person. In fact, they removed a valuable resource for others whilst the person running this resource was on a flight to Hong Kong – all on Walter Mitty’s say so. The other people who used this valuable resource were left high and dry, with nowhere to go for help, consolation or support.
The site admin in their routine work kept finding out lots of things about Walter – and yes admittedly – they did a bit of investigating into the admin control panel after some strange ‘anomalies’ came to light. This is what an admin’s job entails, so this was nothing more than any responsible and diligent admin would be expected to do if they cared about a site. But one day shortly afterwards, these admin were demoted – and then next day were removed from the site completely.
So here’s a warning to you all, children. Next time you’re going for a walk in the hills and you meet up with a naked rambler – todger swinging around like mad, swigging bleach from a bottle, singing “I Love to go a-Wandering” and yodelling – then you had better run like hell, because this guy will cause you no end of trouble.
This is only a little story and any resemblance to any individuals, dead or alive, is purely coincidental. Also note that no animals of any kind (dogs, rats, or any other species), were harmed in the making of this story.