I get this a lot, when I am quoting what people say on the internet. On one video thread on YouTube, I was describing people who threaten others over the internet, and the person I was speaking to told me he does it because "it's fun". He then proceeded to imply that people who take what others say on the internet so seriously are idiotic. Um, excuse me, whether it is on the internet, over the phone, or face-to-face, threats are not acceptable! I take threats seriously, unless I happen to know the person and I know they are kidding. But I cannot afford to not take any threat seriously. People can laugh and scoff because I do, I don't care. But I take all threats seriously, whether they are delivered on the internet, or to my face. Wouldn't you? If not, I might suggest you read up on how many people have actually carried out threats of violence that started off as "simple little innocent comments on the internet".
I remember back in 2005, someone who I once considered an internet buddy turned on me because I said her chihuahuas were very poor quality and should be kept only as pets, and not bred. She was a teenager on my old chihuahua forum, and at one time I did like her, and I wanted to help her because I thought she wanted to do the right thing by the breed. We had been e-mailing each other back and forth, on and off for about 2 years prior to this "break-up". I didn't tell her that her dogs were very poor quality chis until early in 2005, when she got a chi puppy from a pet store that she named Chloe, and I said it looked more like a GSD puppy, not a chihuahua. Well, that pissed her off, and she got belligerent. I told her not to take it the wrong way, but she still insisted that she had the perfect specimens of chihuahuas (all Taco Bell lookalikes). I realized that it was partly my fault! I should have told her on day 1 when she first wrote to me that her dogs were poor quality. But I was trying to be subtle, and ease it into the conversation when she would become a little more comfortable with me. Unfortunately I found that did her more harm than good. Well, she got belligerent, and I admit I got a little bit belligerent (though my aversion was nowhere near as bad as her's as I always try to remain professional and tolerant), and she started cussing and talking shit about me and my sis, and she also started calling in some of her cronies to come to my forum and tell me what a rotten, cruel person I am, and blah-blah-blah. Then she got cynnical, and taunting, and so I banned her from my forum. I also wrote about it on my chihuahua blog the next day, telling people to watch out for this person.
Well, like 2 days after I wrote that blog, I got an angry message from her on my MSN Messenger, saying "The police are on their way and I have every intention of filing a police report if you don't take that blog down!" and again, blah-blah-blah! LOL! Oh yes, I was laughing at her! Then she called my home. Anna answered the phone, and said that this person sounded really angry, and was telling me she has a police report filled out and a case number, and all that BS. I kept telling Anna to hang up on her, but she wouldn't. Then I said "Well, if it'll get her off my phone, I'll delete the post!" so I did. She wasn't satisfied with that, and wanted to end the buddyhood with me by saying "Yeah, you're a responsible breeder alright, living in your little trailor with your 2 fucking dogs! Good bye!" and hung the phone up! LOL! I didn't delete that post as any favor to her, I'd have kept it up if she hadn't called and screamed in my sis's ear! I deleted it to get her the f*** off my phone! She was annoying, she had an annoying voice and everything. Well, I wrote a follow-up story telling my viewers why I took that post down and mentioning the very "classy" quip she gave me as her closing argument. Well, the next day I heard from her again in an e-mail. She was telling me she had called the police on me, and was now threatening a lawsuit against me, and telling me that the police said I cannot talk about her or her dogs. She did apologize for her closing argument over the phone the day before, so that was why I took down the follow-up post. That was a favor in turn for her because she said she was sorry. But, I also decided to do some research of my own. I spoke to a sheriffs deputy, and he told me that there was no way she could sue me, or have me arrested unless I made threats of physical harm to her. Since she was out of luck in that department, because I never make threats over the internet, and everything I said about her was true, and it was all on my forum for everyone to see, I found out I never had to delete any of my posts, because they qualified as free speech. She had the option to ignore me.
I truly believe that same person came into the Pluba forums under the name Mcgillicutty, lied about her age, lied about her being a man, either that or lied about knowing me, just to be an anonymous asshole. One way or another, she LIED! Which is not unusual for this person. I totally doubted she even got the police to accept her complaint for any other reason except to maybe just get rid of her and to get her to stop annoying them with such petty bullshit! I mean really! What police man, in his right mind, is going to give a rabbit's ghost of a shit what I say about her dogs??? My father and one of my cousins are police men, and I can tell you, they wouldn't care! But you notice, even the sheriffs deputy I spoke to said that you can be arrested for emailing threats of violence. I kinda think the reason Mcgillicutty did it was to get me to threaten her on the forum, so she really could get me in trouble. If that was her ambition, it didn't work. I don't believe in making threats I have no intention of carrying out. Doesn't mean I didn't wish I could slap her face raw, it just means that I don't believe in making threats over the internet. I don't think it's "fun" at all. It makes the person posting the threat look like a low-class dumbass.
I think people who make threatening comments over the internet are fulfilling some kind of twisted fantasy to "get even" with society in general. And unless you know the person on the other side of the screen, how do you know that person won't in some way carry out those threats? You never know! That person making the threats could be in a position to hire a hitman to hunt you down and kill you. You really cannot tell if someone will or won't do that. That is why I take every threat seriously. I don't care about people calling me names and stuff like that. But when someone says somethings to the effect of "I want you to die" or "You need to die" or "I'm going to hunt you down and shoot you" or anything to that effect, I take those as threats. It's not funny, and it's not cute.
I think I've really learned how to laugh at some people. I came home from a long day, to find someone who calls herself ifartinhats has sent me a video response to my Fat People Suck video. They claim they are right and I am wrong. LOL! I watched their little video, and it was hilarious. They were just a couple of teen and preteen girls, calling me "you big, fat bitch" and responding to every little thing I said in my video. I accepted their video response, but deep inside, I think they might be vegan fanatics. Not quite sure just yet. I need to do a little more research on this user. If I find she is a vegan fanatic, down her video goes! I'll add it to my favorites though. LOL! I thought it was funny, how they were calling me every name that deals with fat, and making comments about me being fat, and blah-blah-blah. To me, it just goes in one ear and out the other. :)