I had an interesting exchange as a result of the CraigsList ad I put out for writers this week. Apparently, and I did not know this, there are people out there who’s joy in life it is to answer ads and abuse the people trying to hire others. Witness this letter I got from casey ed in response to my well written and thorough ad placed in the writer’s section of Dallas Craigslist.

From: casey ed <birdmanhoo@gmail.com>
To: gigs-176579676@craigslist.org
Date: Jul 1, 2006 1:14 AM
Subject: the useless blog

why? and for what purpose

Mildly irritated, I tapped out a quick reply:

From: Rizzn Do’Urden
To: casey ed <birdmanhoo@gmail.com>
Date: Jul 1, 2006 1:16 AM
Subject: Re: the useless blog

If you have to ask, it doesn’t matter.

Late that evening, I got a cryptic email with a slightly different header – I almost immediately hit the spam button, but as I sometimes do, I hit the read button to verify it wasn’t spam (or if it was to see the clever way they defeated gmail’s spam filter).

From: eddie the baker <birdmanhoo@gmail.com>
To: rizzn.dourden@gmail.com
Date: Jul 1, 2006 11:47 PM
Subject: Your true father smashed his hands through the glass

You are probably the most pretentious/shallow person in existence;
acid needs to be flung into your eyes in copious quantities to perhaps
shed light on your dry emaciated soul. The world is completely
apathetic to you. Removing you from it really makes no difference but
skin cancer will nonetheless follow you into the dark my sad little
friend.

Love,
The sun

Of course, you Rizznites know me, never one to let sleeping dogs lay, I explained to him exactly why I thought his response was odd…

From: Rizzn Do’Urden
To: eddie the baker <birdmanhoo@gmail.com>
Date: Jul 1, 2006 11:58 PM
Subject: Re: Your true father smashed his hands through the glass

Just because your reading comprehension skills are below average isn’t any reason to get snippy with me. The ad I placed couldn’t have been any more clear, and to ask my why and to what end is not only redundant, nosey, but stupid and insulting. Your subsequent correspondence with me continues with this trend. It’s unfortunate that you have little else to do but troll the job boards for someone to unleash abuse upon.

I’m curious though – have I found a quirk (or just a unique jerk), or have any of you had a similar experience? Are there really people trolling unlikely sources such as CraigsList to just insult random people?

/rizzn