Don’t screw with 24-year-old Edd Joseph. The man, who resides in the United Kingdom, had $133 stolen by a scammer when he tried to purchase a PlayStation 3 online. That sucks, but Joseph figured if he couldn’t get his money back, he would at least have some fun. He decided to exact his revenge by texting the scammer the complete works of one William Shakespeare. That’s 37 plays that will add up to 29,305 texts when broken down into 160 character chunks. Wow.
Joseph explained his reasoning to The Telegraph:
I was really annoyed and I was trying to think of ways of being more in the position of power because I felt so helpless about it.
My first thought was that I could try and pretend I had found out where he lived but it was all a bit of a cliche and it wasn’t going to worry him really.
Then it just occurred to me you can copy and paste things from the internet and into a text message. It got me thinking, ‘what can I sent to him’ which turned to ‘what is a really long book’, which ended with me sending him Macbeth.”
So far, he’s sent over 17,000 messages, and he cleverly sends the plays at night and throughout the weekend. Ha! He is getting abusive calls from the seller, but as far as I can tell, the seller is just yelling at him and not necessarily offering a refund. The whole idea makes me want to give Joseph a gold star.