Canadian Man Teaches Internet Commenters A Lesson … In Being Neighborly
As a person who works on the internet for a living, I am given to the occasional internet-commenter revenge fantasy. The furthest I’ve ever gone was Googling this Ron Paul Libertarian dude who harassed me constantly and finding out he had scammed a bunch of people and then posting the Rip-Off report about it every time he commented on my stuff.
Yet, even in my wildest daydreams, I don’t think I’ve ever gone as far as Neil McDonald.
McDonald, a resident of Regina, Saskatchewan, was growing frustrated with comments on the City of Regina Facebook page–many of which were from people complaining that their cars were essentially encased in snow after a recent snowstorm and plowing.
Despite his New Year’s resolution to not read internet comments or get involved in internet fights, McDonald decided to take action. He figured out where some of these people lived through the pictures they’d posted of their cars and went to go dig them out. He then posted the pictures online.
McDonald, overwhelmed by the response, told CBC:
“I was taken aback by some of the things these people were saying,” he said. “Some people were suggesting that I was Father Winter, or some sort of yeti messiah. One guy even wrote that I was like Batman with a shovel — all very flattering but couldn’t be further from the truth.”
“Everything that I love — sunshine, bicycle rides, picnics, bare feet — are all lost to me for six months of the year. And by me suggesting online that people just get out there and dig each other out after a snowfall, the last thing that I wanted to suggest is that we enjoy it. Winter sucks without a doubt, but just do it.”
“I wanted people to stop filling the City of Regina’s Facebook page with posts about snow so that we can all go back to the important things like arguing online about the terrible funding model they decided on for the new stadium,” he said.
“I just couldn’t let everyone go on thinking that I was some kind of winter-loving, goodwill ambassador.”
BRB. Moving to Canada.