I’ve written in the past about people who must also have the first initial “T” and the last name “Patton” who have for some reason convinced themselves that “firstname.lastname@example.org” is their e-mail address. For the record, it’s mine, it’s been mine for years, and I’m not about to let it go. But for a couple of years, I’ve had people sign up for MySpace accounts using that e-mail, dating sites, kids game sites, real-estate listings, political tracts, car dealer information … pretty much you name it.
And I’ve gotten an increasing amount of misdirected e-mail. I’ve had to let employers know that whom ever it was that had given them the e-mail when applying for a job wasn’t going to make the interview. I’ve sent back communications from lawyers, inter-office e-mail, invitations to RV gatherings … it’s been a pretty amazing and eclectic collection of errors.
But today, I finally got what I knew would eventually come.
Someone sent me a picture taken in a bathroom of some woman’s fairly ample behind … a self-portrait, if you will, taken apparently with her iPhone or Blackberry in the bathroom mirror. Tramp Stamp plainly in evidence …
I’ve gotten other photos, family snapshots and such, all from African-American folks because the most frequent abuser of my e-mail address is a woman named Tamika, I think. I don’t know if she’s purposely using it or just doesn’t know any better. I don’t know if this is her butt, which she may have tried to e-mail to herself from her iPhone, or if it’s one of her friends trying to impress her, or a guy trying to make her jealous … or if it’s not connected with her at all.
But I did know this would eventually happen. It’s a cautionary tale, I suppose, and I resisted the urge to write “cautionary tail”. Be careful if you decide to use some fake e-mail to try to avoid getting spam in your inbox, because eventually somebody’s going to send you a picture of their butt.
And it might wind up here.