A good troll story

March 25th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Dave Trott at The Gate blogs:

My favourite news story last week was about  Curtis Woodhouse.

He’s a light welterweight from Hull and he lost his title in a boxing match.

Immediately one particular anonymous person started insulting him on Twitter.

Someone called Jimmybob88.

“Retire immediately, can’t even defend a pathetic little title, you are a complete disgrace.”

At first Woodhouse tried to treat it like a joke.

But Jimmybob88’s insults got worse.

“Haha u lost u silly mug, fight a 10 year old next time if u want to actually win u waste of spunk.”

And this went on for months and months. So did Woodhouse do?

He turned the anonymity around.

He turned it from something to hide behind into a game.

He offered a Twitter bounty.

£1,000 to anyone who would give him Jimmybob88’s name and address.

Even that didn’t frighten Jimmybob88.

He knew he was anonymous and could do what he wanted.

So he kept on.

“What u going to do, knock me out like your last opponent? Ooops.”

But …

But someone did give him Jimmybob88’s address.

It was Mount View Road, Sheffield.

And his real name was James O’Brien.

And Sheffield was just 50 miles away from Hull, where Curtis Woodhouse lived.

So he got in his car and began driving over there. …

But then Woodhouse arrived at his street and tweeted a picture of it.

He tweeted that he was looking for the house number.

Suddenly Jimmybob88’s tweets became pleading.

“I am sorry. It’s getting a bit out of hand. I am in the wrong, I accept that.”

And then Woodhouse knocked on his door.

And finally, at that point, Jimmybob88 stopped tweeting.

In fact he practically stopped breathing.

He cowered inside his house and wouldn’t answer the door.

He even called a friend and begged and pleaded with him to find a way to make Woodhouse go away.

And when Woodhouse could see how pathetic the kind of person he’d been letting get to him was he got in his car and drove back home.

Leaving Jimmybob88 hiding behind the sofa.

I can just imagine him cowering at home refusing to answer the door, after he had so bravely spent months calling Woodhouse names and taunting him.

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28 Responses to “A good troll story”

  1. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    thats pretty funny.

    youd think the boxer would have just blocked him.. but all good

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  2. jims_whare (408 comments) says:

    Ah yes the arm chair warrior – plenty of those folks around.

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  3. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    Yes that is absolutely brilliant. :-D

    The internet and the information age have provided a platform allowing small inconsequential people to be c*nts like never before. Good on him for reminding that little maggot that good manners are still important.

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  4. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Hopefully Curtis can show the same creativity before his next fight. Maybe offer £1,000 to his opponent to take a dive. :)

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  5. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    But Jimmybob88’s insults got worse. “Haha u lost u silly mug, fight a 10 year old next time if u want to actually win u waste of spunk.”

    My God, Curtis must have been positively suicidal. What an insult! I’m amazed none of the Black Caps have topped themselves given the insults regularly thrown at them.

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  6. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    Q.E.D…

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  7. Pete George (23,798 comments) says:

    I’ve had many troll encounters, and have had the opportunity to confront one.

    When Occupy camped in the Octagon in Dunedin I was active online, discussing the pros and cons. On an Occupy Facebook thread I received some serious abuse (and that’s relative, I’ve had a wide range of abuse hurled at me).

    I responded that I was coming to the Octagon to talk to them about it. Fifteen minutes later I arrived. Two teenagers were there and stayed nearby but at a bit of a distance. At the main tent I asked to speak to someone with some site authority, and I said what I was there for. The two lingerers looked guilty, whispered to each other and disappeared.

    To Occupy’s credit they expressed dismay at what had happeend and quickly deleted the comments from their Facebook page. And I got an apology from the abuser, online, they hadn’t had the guts to face me.

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  8. kowtow (8,938 comments) says:

    Rudeness around sporting events has got out of hand.

    You can be anonymous in a crowd.

    Jeering the kicker,”She won’t get it”, and more recently “You fucked up”.

    Standards are falling everywhere.

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  9. Peter (1,694 comments) says:

    And here’s the troll and the live apology:

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  10. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    I wonder if Sonny Bill Williams will come around my house for me calling him out regarding the Botha disaster.

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  11. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Somewhere in Tauranga Redbaiter has gone a little paler….;-)

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  12. redeye (633 comments) says:

    Talking of keyboard warriors, your regular poster ‘Dime in the third person’ once called me a wife basher, told me he hoped I’d die of cancer or die in a house fire. All because I disagreed with his opinion of on rugby coaching.

    We’ve never met but I did invite him around to discuss it. He never turned up.

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  13. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    The Scorned (480) Says:

    Somewhere in Tauranga Redbaiter has gone a little paler….;-)

    LOL… I still remember the day Weddy told me he’d figured out who I was, and then in the same breath accused me of cowardice… all from behind the anonymous “redbaiter” handle.

    it just seemed like a pretty desperate, low ebb for such a proud keyboard warrior to stoop to…

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  14. Redbaiter (10,417 comments) says:

    I did not so much accuse you of cowardice you illiterate fool.

    I said you are a coward, and I know this because of the way you behave on this blog.

    Its not about isolated actions, its about regular behaviour.

    Just as I know the same thing about “The Scorned”..

    Cowardice is a big part of Progressivism in that you frequently have a gaping hole where most people have a moral code. You people will do anything if you think you can get away with it, where people who are not cowards act with restraint and faith and honour. You know nothing of these things, and you probably never will. Good examples for the theory that the human race is in a constant cycle of degeneration and regeneration and its your kind that is taking us all down eventually.

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  15. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    people who are not cowards act with restraint and faith and honour.

    :lol: LOL and that’s you in a nutshell, innit Weddy?

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  16. Redbaiter (10,417 comments) says:

    I try.

    I may not always succeed

    What ever, its not me who attaches a totally false smiley face to the end of each comment, no matter how vicious and or how cowardly a smear that comment might be.

    Odious, but you don’t even know that do you?

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  17. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    “Talking of keyboard warriors, your regular poster ‘Dime in the third person’ once called me a wife basher, told me he hoped I’d die of cancer or die in a house fire. All because I disagreed with his opinion of on rugby coaching.

    We’ve never met but I did invite him around to discuss it. He never turned up.”

    why on earth would i go to motueka?

    i think i also said on another site something about you getting caught in farming machinery and bleeding out in front of your kids.

    but Dime is far nicer on kiwiblog :)

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  18. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    “And I got an apology from the abuser, online, they hadn’t had the guts to face me.”

    I imagine you’re a pretty scary dude in real life PG :p

    Lets be honest, its easy to troll/ abuse/ taunt an online person. at the end of the day its just a name. not many of us would be as ruthless in person. face to face id feel guilty having a crack at you PG. id think you were too nice of a guy. but online, with some of the mediocre crap you post, its all too easy.

    then there are people like redeye. there would be no point in having a go at him in real life and arguing for hours on end. youd just think “what a shit head” and go about your business.

    when was the last time you had an argument that dragged on hours with someone? or days…

    different rules for online behaviour.

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  19. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    redeye – i was good enough to send you a bottle of champagne after losing that bet :(

    just in time for christmas in fact. what a good bastard Dime is.

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  20. redeye (633 comments) says:

    What happened to this years bottle? I though you’d bet he would be a one termer?

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  21. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    i dont recall an actual wager.

    besides, i would have been an asshole like you are and wanted odds rather than head to head

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  22. Pete George (23,798 comments) says:

    dime – guilty, but you don’t post mediocre crap?

    If I paid back the mediocre crap compliments to those who dish them out I’d double my comment count – but that would mooch up more blog mediocrity.

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  23. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    pete judging by my stellar ratings, Dime is anything but mediocre ;)

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  24. big bruv (14,217 comments) says:

    Dime

    You mean your ratings are higher than Bedwetter?

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  25. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    Tell me folks would I be considered as a troll?

    It’s just that I have never really understood the meaning of the title.

    Don’t hold back. Tell me like it is.

    I won’t be hurt…much! :)

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  26. Rodders (1,756 comments) says:

    Johnboy, you are not a troll (your liberal use of :)’s proves that.)

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  27. Kea (13,559 comments) says:

    redeye (583) Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    Talking of keyboard warriors, your regular poster ‘Dime in the third person’ once called me a wife basher, told me he hoped I’d die of cancer or die in a house fire. All because I disagreed with his opinion of on rugby coaching.

    I had a good laugh at that. Dime you nutter :)

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  28. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    I can’t believe the ‘you know who’ crowd who believe in ‘you know what’ haven’t hijacked this thread…..or is that the other way round. Never made sense to me either way.

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