Guy's Revenge: Texting Complete Works of Shakespeare
Alleged fraudster will receive more than 29K texts
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2014 7:27 AM CDT
A copy of the "Complete Works of Shakespeare" is displayed during the press view of the "Shakespeare: staging the world" exhibition at the British Museum in London, Wednesday, July 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

(Newser) – A man paid $133 for a PlayStation 3 on UK classifieds site Gumtree, but never received it—so he decided to get revenge on the fraudulent seller by texting him the complete works of Shakespeare. Edd Joseph, 24, discovered that it's easy for him to simply copy the text of an entire play from his iPhone's browser and paste it into a text message. He sends it as a single text, but it's then received in 160-character chunks on the seller's phone, the Telegraph reports. That means the 22 plays Joseph has sent so far have been delivered as 17,424 texts; by the time he's sent all 37, the seller will have received 29,305 texts. (Joseph has an unlimited texting plan.)

The seller's reaction? Texting back "abusive" messages and even calling to rant at Joseph. "I tried to ask him if he was enjoying the plays, but he was very confused," explains Joseph, who purchased the console and a number of games using a direct bank transfer (a no-no, according to the site's terms and conditions) and never got a refund from the seller. Neither the police nor Gumtree could help. Joseph, who's been sending the texts since last Thursday—often at night in order to be as annoying as possible—plans to continue for at least another few days, noting, "If nothing else I'm sharing a little bit of culture with someone who probably doesn't have much experience of it." CNET has just one question: Why doesn't the scammer just block Joseph's number? (Click for another quirky tale of revenge.)

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Mar 19, 2014 3:21 PM CDT
I knew a man in the country once that suffered the revenge of crows. He had shot one on his place, but, unfortunately for him, in front of a whole lot of other crows. In a small community, this poor soul suffered getting cawed at every time he got out of his pickup to get his mail at the post office, picking up his kid after football practice, the whole bit. For over twenty years.
Mar 19, 2014 11:32 AM CDT
Edd Joseph. My dumb hero.
Mar 19, 2014 10:48 AM CDT
I knew an old coot back in the day that got sick of AT&T calling him at dinner time to see if he wanted to change his plan. He asked them if he could fax the information to them, they gave him a fax number to use. He told them to stop calling him. He set up a computer (IBM 386) on a dedicated fax line and set his modem to dial their fax number every 30 seconds...for months. That's revenge.