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Tuesday, January 10, 2006
  Crying because they wouldn't give poor little Johnny his ball back. What a wanker!

Man sues over chatroom humiliation | The Register: "An Ohio man who claims that he was humiliated by two other participants in an AOL chatroom has sued the two men for causing emotional distress and the ISP for failing to stop the alleged abuse, according to a report from Law.com.

The case, which is due for a hearing in an Ohio court today, is said to be the first of its kind.

According to Law.com, Medina County resident George Gillespie sued Mike Marlowe of Alabama and Bob Charpentier of Oregon after the two men began teasing him online.

Reports suggest that the teasing then ventured out of the chat room and into the real world, with Marlowe travelling from Alabama to Ohio in order to disrupt Gillespie’s mail service by handing a change-of-address form into a post office.

Other reports suggest that Gillespie was himself indulging in a little “banter” in the chatroom, making fun of Charpentier’s girlfriend, and posting a picture of Charpentier’s home online.

'This guy is just a character, and his BS finally caught up with him,' Charpentier told the Akron Beacon Journal. 'This lawsuit is just another form of harassment.'

'I'm so flabbergasted with this because this has been blown out of proportion,' Marlowe told Law.com. 'We just made fun of the guy.'

AOL has not commented on the action, other than to point out that it has a code of conduct governing the behaviour of its members, and that this is strictly enforced."
 
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