Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Man getting revenge on rogue internet seller by texting the entire works of Shakespeare

A Bristol man who was ripped off by an internet seller has turned to Shakespeare to get his revenge. Edd Joseph, 24, was furious when he bought a PS3 games console for £80 and the seller failed to deliver the goods. So Edd decided to take his revenge by sending him the entire works of the Bard - by text. Edd bought the console and a bundle of games from a seller in Derby two weeks ago. But Edd paid by direct bank transfer - giving him no protection when the seller failed to send the goods or provide a refund.

He complained to the police who said his chances of catching the crook were slim, and Gumtree, which posts free classified ads, said bank transfers were against its terms and conditions. So Edd found a Shakespeare play on his iPhone internet browser and then copied and pasted it into a text message with just a few presses of a button. Despite the length of the text, Edd only has to press 'send' once for each play and his phone then processes them into individual texts. And because he is on an unlimited texts and calls package with O2 at £37 a month, his stunt is not costing him a penny.

Edd discovered he could copy the words from the internet and paste them into a text message without costing him a penny on his unlimited mobile phone package. He sends it as one text but his victim can only receive them in 160 character chunks - meaning the 37 works of Shakespeare will buzz through in 29,305 individual texts. So far Edd has sent 22 plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello which have been delivered in 17,424 texts. He reckons the remaining 15 works will take another few days to send - meaning his adversary's phone will have been constantly beeping for nearly a week.

The longest play, Hamlet, took 1,143 text messages and Edd has also sent Macbeth (600 texts), Cymbeline (847) and All's Well That Ends Well taking 861 messages. Edd has now started getting abusive replies from the seller. He said: "I got the first reply after an hour, and then a few more abusive messages after that. His phone must have been going off pretty constantly for hours. But 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."


Brixter said...

Sure it's a nuisance but not so much. All he has to do is turn off his phone for a few days. In my country, unsent text messages will be stored by the carrier for a few hours, rarely up to 1 day, then it gets cleared after.

Anonymous said...

Using a telephone to harass is also an offense--at least a misdemeanor. Mr. Edd must have very understanding police where he lives. But then, who arrests a horse? (Mixed allusion!) ;)