Andrew from the Internet strikes again

April 5th, 2013 · 141 comments

You might recall the letter that Bill and Mara received from a stranger informing that “no one cares about your damn wedding.” Despite Andrew from the Internet’s professed apathy, it seems he had enough time on his hands to not just comb through Bill’s blog, but Bill and Mara’s wedding guestbook as well.

Bill says a family member, mistakenly assuming that the guestbook entries could only be viewed by friends and family, left a note about having moved, including their new address. “We soon caught the message and removed the address,” Bill says, “but not before Andrew saw the page.”

Dear [redacted], Hi there. My name is Andrew and I’m from the internet. I saw that you posted your and your husband’s home address publicly on Bill and Mara’s awful little wedding website for the whole internet to see. Don’t do that. I mean you no harm, but there are people on the internet who might. Now, fingers crossed, hopefully all that will become of this is that you get this snarky letter from an anonymous stranger. But, if some nutcase came after y’all with ease because you were too lazy to send Bill and Mara an email or a letter with your home address, how would you feel? The internet is a big, scary place that anyone in the world can access. Don’t be stupid. Protect yourself by keeping private information private. GOOD LUCK P.S. Your address is 9TH AVE, not “9 Ave”. P.P.S. Kudos for knowing your zip 4 though.

 

related: My name is Andrew, and I’m from the Internet.

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141 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Jodi

    Oh my.. I wonder if “Andrew” spends hours and hours writing people whose addresses are on http://www.whitepages.com? Poor guy. I’m betting his hand cramps up daily and he gets very little sleep worrying about everyone else :(

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm   rating: 92  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   sockpuppet

      this is a great point lol …if I were Bill or Mara I would create a whole page on the wedding blog dedicated to Andrew

      Apr 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm   rating: 50  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   Tesselara

      The thing that amazes me is the fact that this guy uses snail mail. Hand-writing a letter, putting it in an envelope, finding a stamp and then posting it…ugh…it exhausts me just thinking about it. I have a Christmas package that I still haven’t sent (the box now includes Valentine’s, St. Paddy’s and Easter stuff–sigh), because going to the post office is such a pain in the ass. And he did this TWICE. Epic.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   pooham

      Did Andrew use a return address? Maybe they could put his address on the Andrew page of their blog.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   BillP bang

      Sadly no return address, just an @ sign in the corner of the envelope.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 12:23 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.5   H for Toy

      His return address is @? Oh my goodness, he really does live on the Internet!

      Apr 6, 2013 at 10:02 am   rating: 54  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.6   Kellso

      An @ sign for a return address?! Super creepy.

      The first letter was odd enough but with the second one now, I’d move. He sounds like a complete psycho.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.7   jdaniel

      I am reasonably certain Andrew is a 5-8 year employee of the U.S. Postal Service who has discovered that Saturday mail delivery, and perhaps his hours, are being phased out.

      I feel sorry for you kid. My career didn’t go sour until I was too old to start another one. Adderall, Cymbalta, Hydrocodone, Naproxen, and Xanax have helped fill the void for me though.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Judith

    Yeah, Andrew DEFINITELY DOES NOT CARE about Bill and Mara’s wedding. AT ALL.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm   rating: 107  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   AMoparGirl

      They newlyweds need to post these two PAN pages on their wedding site so Andrew can see how famous he is!

      Apr 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   just me

    it’s time to call the police asap

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm   rating: 62  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Bee Good

      Hello police! – Someone sent me a letter after I posted my address online and it wasn’t a credit card offer, a mortgage refi offer or the Pennysaver… He calls himself Andrew and I want him arrested for doing less than what Facebook, Yahoo, Bing, Google, etc. do all day.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm   rating: 62  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   mitte

      ^The smugness is strong in this one.^

      Calling the police isn’t such a bad idea, if only to ask their opinion. Unless you live in a crime-ridden city where they just don’t give a f–k about anything.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Chug

      At the very least you can investigate the requirements for a restraining order, in case this turns into a full-on stalk.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Sarah

    omg LOL! I am sorry, but I actually snorted when I read this.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Melissa

      I think this is rather funny too! Call the dumb people out!

      Apr 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   The Elf

      Andrew From The Internet is many things, but I don’t think “dumb” is among them.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Rene

      Creepy. Andrew from the internet is creepy.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm   rating: 94  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   redheadwglasses

      I think it’s amazing he has this much time to devote to this hobby, given that it likely takes away from viewing porn and playing Skyrim.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   Amelia

      hey, don’t knock the joys of porn and skyrim

      Apr 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   L

      Maybe if Andrew spent more time on porn and Skyrim, he wouldn’t be so neurotic.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 4:15 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   L

      Maybe if he spent more time with porn and Skyrim, he wouldn’t be so fascinated with random strangers on the internet.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 4:17 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.8   L

      Ugh, I didn’t mean to post that twice, sorry.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 4:18 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.9   PSAT

      Elf: I believe Melissa was referring to the recipients of Andrew’s missives as “dumb,” not Andrew from the Internet himself.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   megr

    i think i kinda love Andrew from the internet

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   momthecoach

    at this point, this is a pattern of behavior that constitutes stalking, harassment, and (at least in my home state) is criminal misdemeanor. the police take it pretty seriously. there may also be some kind of federal violation since he used USPS.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm   rating: 50  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Darthlawyer

      This isn’t a pattern of behavior; this is one singular act. Sending a letter isn’t a federal violation, its using the post office for its intended purpose.

      It’d be like claiming that I’m harassing or stalking you, just because I posted a reply saying that your comment was dumb.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   The Elf

      Did you see the previous PAN? This is the second act.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm   rating: 37  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   Bee Good

      That was a letter written to someone else. Two letters addressed to two different couples isn’t stalking, but is hilarious. If you are weirded out by Andrew then it shows you are asserting your idealization over reality. Andrew is just a reflection of a vulnerability that some choose to ignore. Its your choice to go with Andrew is telling you view or to go with what Honey Boo Boo and Buck Wild is selling you.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   Bee Good

      That was a letter written to someone else. Two letters addressed to two different couples isn’t stalking, but is hilarious. If you are weirded out by Andrew then it shows you are asserting your idealization over reality. Andrew is just a reflection of a vulnerability that some choose to ignore. Its your choice to go with what Andrew is telling you view or to go with what Honey Boo Boo and Buck Wild is selling you.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   Bee Good

      That was a letter written to someone else. Two letters addressed to two different couples isn’t stalking, but is hilarious. If you are weirded out by Andrew then it shows you are asserting your idealization over reality. Andrew is just a reflection of a vulnerability that some choose to ignore. Its your choice to go with what Andrew is telling you or to go with what Honey Boo Boo and Buck Wild are selling you.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   Bee Good

      Sorry – PA Notes crashed while I was trying to fix my obvious mistakes…

      Apr 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.7   redheadwglasses

      It doesn’t matter that the two letters are to two different people; they are part of one act, legally speaking. They can be considered linked and treated as repeated behavior.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.8   The Elf

      Three posts to one person, hmmmm…… Andrew? Is that you?

      Apr 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.9   JK

      A bit of an overreaction to go to the police. Andrew’s just bored and obnoxious–a snail mail troll, if you will. If he sends another letter to either couple, then go to the cops. I’m guessing they’ll roll their eyes at the situation if this is all that’s going on with it. One of the notes constitutes a helpful suggestion even if it’s delivered in a weird way. Good luck getting Andrew (who’s still a total weirdo) in trouble for that.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.10   Rachel

      The police have much, much better things to do. Take it as the fair call it is, and stop being so precious.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.11   t-rex

      Yeah, so not stalking. Now, if he’s watching where she goes, and what she does, and is showing up at her work, it would be stalking.

      In fact, Andrew (or whatever his real name is) did the two of them a favor.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 7:47 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.12   Aitch

      It is pretty weird and a bit creepy. And, very funny (we’ve all thought such things, just perhaps stopped short of an actual letter. I personally wonder if “Andrew” KNOWS Bill??). However I think at the moment it stops short of being criminal though. There is no threat to the recipients. I think you could report it to the police, if you were concerned, but at this stage the report would likely be logged and not much more could realistically be done (we aren’t on an episode of CSI). You should keep the letters and envelopes safe, clean and untouched if you are that concerned , and if anything else came of it, such as another letter or a threat of some kind, perhaps then consider reporting him again. Think of this – he’s really only *just* on the very border line of stalking – two letters to two different people is VERY tenuous – albeit linked via a website . He has pointed out pretty careless online behaviour in an, um, shall we say unnecessarily detailed way. No threats, etc. Stalking is a strange way of behaving anyway, and acknowledging his notes would encourage further engagement from him in my opinion (even posting it on here, bet he’s loving it).
      What, realistically, would you expect the police to do, in order to trace him? DNA from the stamp? Fingerprints on the letter? I’d put it down to experience and ignore it unless he contacts you again.

      (Though whether being as smug as Andrew should be criminal, is another matter)

      Apr 8, 2013 at 6:04 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Parker

    Andrew From The Internet has my spidey sense tingling. Like a jackhammer.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   SharonCville

    Nah, I don’t think this is stalking, or even harassment. The police aren’t there to protect our delicate sensibilities, and on its face there is nothing threatening about the letters. A bit creepy, but not threatening. My guess? Andrew is socially unaware, probably lonely, and probably thinks he’s helping. Can’t Bob and Mara block him from their website?

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   The Elf

      There’s no overt threat here, I agree. And two letters doesn’t constitute harrassment. It would be a hard case to prove.

      But this is getting pretty darn creepy, and it wouldn’t take much for somebody like Andrew (who doesn’t care about the wedding AT ALL yet continues to read it) to make sure these people really learn the lesson of not posting private information on the internet by, I dunno, showing up at their place and breaking in. Obviously teaching this lesson is horribly important to Andrew, as is continuing to read about a wedding he’s not even invited to and takes the extra step of sending snail mail letters to prove his point.

      Honestly, Bill and Mara, I’d take the site down.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm   rating: 54  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   The Elf

      Meant to add…. I know someone who is very, very helpful. At least, he thinks he’s helping even though his help is completely unasked for and rarely wanted. I’ve realized it’s part of his psyche – that being helpful somehow validates his worth to himself. It’s sad, really. FWIW, also lonely, socially unaware, etc. And he’d be the type to correct “9 ave”. Honestly, if the handwriting matched…..

      Anyway, I could completely see this person turning up in person if the “wrong” behavior continued, all in the name of helpfulness, and creeping the fuck out of everyone else.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   pooham

      Elf, I didn’t realize you knew my Dad. Oh wait, he is all of those things, but doesn’t know how to use the internet very well. And he fluctuates by being the unwanted “helper” and the helpless “can you look this up for me” or “I locked the bathroom door and then shut it (for the third time)” person.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   Jami

      I wouldn’t take the site down because that’s what Andrew wants. And then he wins.

      I would go with the suggestion of making an “Andrew” page. So people can say where he’ll actually ready it that he’s a creepy little busy body and needs some deep psychological help.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   The Elf

      I don’t care much about winning and losing. I would care more about this ass losing interest.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   AMoparGirl

      I say post a bunch of fake address so Andrew can write more letters!

      Apr 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.7   Jami

      Actually, Elf, I’ve found in my own case it increases interest. I’ve got a cyber bully – though I really do have good reason to suspect it’s my brother Mark and his wife, Skankarella, cause it’s the kind of crap Skankarella gets off on. And I’ve had to hide some of my blogs, turn comments off on my YouTube videos, go protected on Twitter, etc. And that actually made things worse, not better.

      So when they started in on me on Tumblr, including sending me threatening e-mails about how they were going to tell my parents about the fact I was – GASP! – ROLE PLAYING – if I didn’t tell my RP buddies goodbye and delete my Tumblr, I just told them to go ahead and do that. My friends want me around, my parents don’t care if I RP, and I’m 36 years old anyway so no one has any right to tell me I can’t role play.

      Only time I’ve bothered to reply to them. Normally I just block and ignore.

      They shut up for a couple of months, then started in again.

      This has been going on for nearly two years now. They haven’t gotten bored or lost interest even though I’ve made it clear I don’t give a flying squirrel’s butt what they think of me. Though they’ve been a lot quieter since I wrote an open letter to them listing all the reasons why I’m superior to them. Main one being that I don’t hide behind fake names.

      Andrew won’t quit if the blog’s taken down. Only humiliating him works. Like the time in 5th grade I sat on the school bully. The next year he won a citizenship award.

      Bill needs to do the internet version of sitting on the school bully.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 10:54 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.8   KGURL

      This has become quite an interesting thread. “Andrew” is probably loving the attention he/she is getting. @Jami, I am surprised you didn’t report them for sending you threatening emails, thats probably a no no.

      That just sux have relatives who want to quash your internet fun! But you got them good in the end! :)

      Apr 6, 2013 at 8:58 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.9   Jami

      I know I should report them. But they constantly make fake e-mail addresses so I’m not sure how traceable they are seeing how I’ve seen spammers use Russian servers and all that.

      I figure sooner or later she’ll either divorce him and marry someone else, or they’ll eventually slip up and both end up in jail. She’s already said, “Once my Iraqi money comes in I’m getting sports car, a boob job, and a divorce.” (Apparently they bought a lot of money in Iraq because they think it’ll be very valuable. *snorts*)

      Apr 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.10   The Elf

      I defer to your personal experience, Jami. I haven’t been stalked on the internet. Not having any sort of blog, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube channel probably makes the job a lot harder!

      Apr 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.11   Jami

      Probably.

      Trying to get my name out there means I have to try and have various ways to promote myself. Though my Tumblr turned into a role play blog. Heh. But I love RPing. It’s a way for me to be creative with a great number of people.

      I actually have come to the conclusion that after years of teachers and parents advising kids “If you’re being bullied, ignore it, they’ll get bored and go away” that the bullies have adapted and now the more you ignore them, the more likely they are to bully. And the only real way to deal with them is to fight back and/or publicly humiliate them.

      Therefore, I still think whomever said “Make an Andrew page” is right.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 12:47 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.12   Jodi

      I’ve not had the pleasure of a cyber stalker, but I have a real life stalker. The police advised me to pretend I didn’t see him and call them whenever he approached me. I can tell you, it is tons of fun, and I’m effectively stuck in the single mode because guys just don’t want to deal with all that crazy. I can’t say as I blame them, I don’t want to deal with it either. I just have no choice. :(

      So my advice is to just ignore Andrew on the page, don’t throw up a page about him or change anything. Just pretend his letters never arrived.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 11:37 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   fuzzbutt

    Holy shit! can you stay “stalker?”

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Yup

    Andrew from the Internet is a creeper. For someone that doesn’t care about their wedding he sure did spend a lot of time going through their page. I’d call the police because that is just down right creepy.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Parker

      Yup, I agree. Most of our addresses can be found one way or another just through accessing 3rd-party websites. I don’t like it, but I know that someone who’s really determined can probably find me.

      This just feels wrong. It’s not about correcting dumb people. Both mistakes seemed to have been innocent, especially in the case of the guest log. Andrew from the Internet went out of his way to target a specific couple and their friends to a) mock their “stupid” wedding; and b) to let them know he knows where to find them.

      This isn’t just some poor lonely guy with bad social skills. This is creepy and stalkerish. Harmless, lonely, awkward people don’t do that. We post anonymous messages on the blog’s comment section.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm   rating: 63  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Roto13

    Andrew is the meatspace incarnation of all of those horrible internet monsters.

    If we kill him, we can fix the internet forever.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   greg house md

    Hi my name is Andrew from the internet and I am REALLY creepy…

    Apr 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Laura

    Any chance these people know him? Might he be a past boyfriend obscuring his real name or something? He’s not acting like a normal person.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Captain Awesome

    Hi Andrew,

    I live in Texas where we have “Castle Doctrine”. If anyone was so foolish to come over to my house with malicious intent, they would find out quickly how ill-advised that decision was. You make far too many assumptions about the capabilities of other people. Grow up, go outside, and get a life.

    love,
    Captain Awesome

    Apr 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Lythande bang

      Is “Castle Doctrine” similar to Colorado’s Make My Day laws?

      Apr 5, 2013 at 4:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Nunavut Guy

      I’ve been made to understand that you guys in Texas more often than not end up killing your own family members more often than the intruder.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm   rating: 66  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   AMoparGirl

      Lythande, Pretty much.
      Nunavut Guy, you understand incorrectly. As well as the 3 fools that gave you a thumbs up.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   L

      Never mess with anybody who cuts an animal’s balls off and then eats them.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 4:23 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   Nunavut Guy

      Glad you set me straight there “Amo”, oh and the three(17) other idiots.My opinion has been sculpted from various medical journals and police statistics.

      The general consensus being that accidental shooting fatalities (especially for children under 18),suicides and domestic violence as a result of guns in a home far outweigh the benefits of keeping a gun in the home.

      I use my rifle strictly for hunting (ammunition stored in another part of the house,gun lock on)If I hear a scary noise at the door I will reach for my bat,or more likely, just look out the window.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 10:28 am   rating: 35  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.6   The Elf

      Suit yourself. I will be reaching for my shotgun.

      My opinion has been sculpted by actual police, with whom I’ve discussed the subject. One pointed out something fundamental: a lot can happen in the time it takes for police to arrive. When seconds count, the police are minutes away.

      I’ll take my chances.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.7   Nunavut Guy

      Fair enough.When I hunt and find an animal I take a good long time to make sure I have a clear shot and that there is nothing in front of or behind my prey.When I am satisfied that I can take a clear safe shot I do.

      I can’t imagine ripping off a couple of panicked rounds in a dark house.What about the spread pattern?It’s not hitting what you’re aiming at that you have to worry about……..It’s about hitting what (who) you are not aiming at.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 9:25 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.8   The Elf

      Honestly, if I’m being attacked and feeling like my life is in danger and having no other option but to fight back, the “spread pattern” will be secondary in my thoughts. We’re talking about life and death here! Failure to act *will* mean my death. Acting *might* mean an errant shot hits an innocent party.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 7:52 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.9   nunavut guy

      Like the person you are trying to protect.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 12:53 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.10   Pixy

      HOW DID THIS ESCALATE SO QUICKLY?!

      Apr 10, 2013 at 9:57 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.11   The Elf

      Yes, Nunavut. A stray bullet *might* hit someone I’m trying to protect. Or I could do nothing, and both of us *will* die. Remember, the underlying assumption of an act of self-defense is that the person defending themselves reasonably feels that their life is in peril. That alternative makes pretty much any risk worth it.

      Apr 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.12   nunavut guy

      Escalating is what we do.

      Apr 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   ramentastic

    Andrew from the internet has just proven that he is, in fact, one of those nutcases!

    The first letter was just bizarre, this is downright CREEPY AS FUCK.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   kermit

    If you have to keep repeating “I mean you no harm”, that becomes less convincing with each utterance, not more convincing.

    My money is that Andrew will send them a wedding present next time, like this http[:]//xkcd[.]com/325/

    Apr 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   it's naptime

      That is one of those xkcd’s that kills me every time I see it.

      The ones that are beyond my comprehension are a little depressing.

      LOVED the chin-up bar at the top of the escalator one. Oh, how I laughed.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Sally

    Andrew should write a letter to the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…

    Apr 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Wait..what?

      He probably is well known to them.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Wait..what?

    Maybe they should just invite the guy. Sounds like he needs a friend or two.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   kbee

    Yeah, this is getting beyond creepy. If I started getting letters from some stranger on the net, I’d be barring my windows and doors.

    Though, I have a girl friend who checks in via FourSquare every hour on the hour. She’s always touring around, eating out, checking into hotels, businesses. I’m 110% positive if I should ever need to fly out and surprise her, I wouldn’t need to fish for where she’s at – it’s all there on FourSquare. I could follow her around the city on a daily basis without her knowing I was there.

    It’s awful to say but I had the thought that a run-in with Andrew from the Internet would make her stop that crap pronto.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   AP

      I don’t understand the “check-in” compulsion. I thought one of the privileges of adulthood was that you could come and go without needing to check in with someone every time you arrived at a new location.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   Jami

      Some places give you discounts and/or free stuff when you check in on Foursquare. Hence checking in a lot so you can hopefully save money.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   AMoparGirl

      The ones I know that “check-in” only do it to compete with their friends & become “mayor”.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.4   Jami

      Well, *I* do it for the discounts and free stuff.

      Though I will admit, if I ever go missing, you could easily trace my footsteps by my Foursquare.

      But that could be a good thing. Imagine, using Foursquare to help police find you if you’re kidnapped.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.5   kbee

      I didn’t know about the deals and discounts; but I’m a fuddy duddy, so I never go out anyway. And if I did, I wouldn’t advertise it constantly. Besides, as AP said, I’m an adult. I don’t ever want to “check-in” with anybody again. ;)

      Touche, Jami. That is about the only pro I can think of with incessant FourSquaring!

      Apr 8, 2013 at 5:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.6   juju_skittles

      Plus, it lets “Andrew from the Internet” know you’re not home!

      Apr 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Snowflame

    I have to admit, I find myself intrigued by the fact that Andrew from the internet seems to think that not having your address on the internet makes you crime proof. Why is someone more likely to take your address off the internet and break in and kill you than just follow you home from the pub and break into your house and kill you?
    …Maybe I drink in the wrong pubs.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   kermit

      Well, for one thing you may express “controversial” opinions on the Internet – opinions which people may very objectionable indeed.

      If you express “controversial” opinions in a pub, you presumably know your audience or at least the vibe of the place. So before saying anything, you can estimate if they’re going to kick your ass or not.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   Snowflame

      There’s a kind of logic there, I just think that a lot more people are killed or permanently injured or whatever in pub or street fights in a year than in internet stalkers. I figure you get the same people in the real world than you do on the internet, only in the real world they have knives.

      Hell, think about the number of utility companies, takeaways, delivery companies, post office workers, civil servants etc who all have access to your name and address. Any one of them could turn out to be some “nutcase who’ll come after y’all.” No one is safe from that, but it’s very rare, so Andrew from the internet should probably lock his doors, bar his windows and calm the eff down.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   Judith

      Yes, see, I don’t get this either.

      Back in the olden days, everybody’s address and phone number was in the white pages–that was how I got my friends’ phone numbers and addresses. It wasn’t a secret. In fact, your address still is public domain.

      There’s this myth that the most dangerous people are psychotic strangers. You’re actually WAY more likely to have a crime committed against you by someone you know personally, because there is actual shit between you. As far as taking a hit on your house, having a big nice house and no security system is what’s gonna make you a target–and actual burglars scope those neighborhoods, they don’t wait around on the Internet for dopes to post their address. You can’t even steal someone’s identity with just an address. It’s like, seriously an irrelevant piece of information, unless you’re terrified of junk mail. Or Andrew.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.4   kermit

      Er, even in the olden days I think it was creepy if a semi-stranger called you up without you expressly giving them permission to do so.

      Honestly, it’s not so much about the fear of axe-wielding maniacs. It’s about how Andrew comes across.

      If he’s hoping to come across as Harmless Concerned Internet Citizen, sending anonymous mail pieces with jabs at the recipient isn’t a good way to do that.

      If he had sent something like below, Bob (and the rest of us) would have reacted far more positively.

      “Hi, I’m Andrew from the Internet. I like snail mail and readin your blog. By the way, you posted your real address on your blog. I think it’s a good idea if you took it down. Andrew [real last name and address]“

      Apr 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.5   Jami

      Thing is, Andrew hates their blog. So why he reads it I don’t know. See how in this second letter he refers to it as “awful”?

      He’s got some sort of sick obsession. There’s something wrong with him.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.6   Gwan

      Yeah,I was a bit annoyed/concerned when I realised my home address and phone number were in multiple places online (I registered as self-employed and didn’t realise the govt here apparently releases that info to everybody in the world), but then took a step back and realised that having one’s ph no and address publicly available is not exactly some glaring new security risk, even if it is on a much larger scale than the past.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 1:19 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.7   Tom

      Well, if I were to channel the will of Andrew I would probably think
      “A nice comment on a website won’t make them think twice about anything. It won’t scare them. They should be scared. If I write them an actual letter I bet that’ll knock some REAL sense into them, and they’ll pay attention next time!”

      At least, that’s the sort of path I can draw from “they posted their address on the internet” to “I’ll send them a vaguely creepy letter”. I’d imagine the whole point is to come off somewhat creepy.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Captain Hampton

    Yes, the Internet is a big, scary, presumptuous, meddlesome, nit-picky, and creepy place THAT ANYONE IN THE WORLD can access.

    Remind you of someone?

    Apr 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   cheri

    What a DICK!!

    Apr 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Tard

    I got a letter in the mail from someone threatening to kill my dog and me.
    The police looked at me like I was a bug on the wall when I complained.
    The police have no duty to protect you.

    Personally, I put a little note in my wedding planning website making it look like I accidentally kept it public that said that the DNA testing from the stamp from Andrew had come back and there was a hit in CODIS.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   SilentPsycho

      I’m really glad I don’t live where you live. The police there sound horrible. In my area, stuff like that is taken seriously, especially if it’s a written note like that. Physical proof, after all.

      Apr 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Dana

      We found blood in our hallway, under the carpet, when we moved in, and the cops here literally couldn’t have cared less about it . . .

      Apr 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   H for Toy

      In our little town, my neighbor’s pet rabbit got ripped apart by the neighbor’s dog/a coyote/a small bear (we’re still not sure which) and the police chief came out to check on it for us.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 9:42 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.4   laurmay_2

      Well, to be honest Dana, blood on the floor doesn’t mean a crime has happened. It could be as simple as someone having a (serious) accident with a kitchen knife. And if it’s old, dried blood, what would you expect them to do? If it was a crime and went unreported, the trail is long past cold. If it was a crime and was reported, it’s been dealt with long ago already.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.5   Lil'

      I would think large amounts of blood under the hallway carpet is at least worth a report, maybe a DNA test. It could be the break a cold case needs. I was watching one of those crime shows (Snapped, I think) and that exact thing happened. A new tenant uncovered a blood stain under a carpet and called the cops. A DNA test confirmed it was a missing man who lived there 20 years earlier. They tracked down his then wife and she confessed to the murder. It could be something that deserves attention.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   minka

    This guy sounds like a psycho stalker.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   makfan bang

    So all those street signs in NYC that read “5 Av” or “42 St” are wrong. Thanks, Andrew!

    Apr 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Nicola

    Time to call the police already? Andrew forgot to take his medication again…

    Apr 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Jami

    Dear Andrew,

    Here’s the thing – you’re not FORCED to read Bill’s WONDERFUL wedding blog. There’s no gun to your head. You don’t need to read it for a school project.

    See that “X” in the corner? Click it and close the website and NEVER VISIT IT AGAIN!

    Then you don’t have to be bothered by the beauty and creativity.

    Also, you’re not helpful. You’re a creepy little putz who needs psychological help. Please get on some medication, Andrew.

    Sincerely,
    The Entire Internet

    Apr 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Rocket J

    Not really sure why Andrew has got his creepy boxers in such a twist over Bill & Mara. In the old days you could get anyone’s home address by using a little thing called the White Pages. I don’t remember a whole lot of people breaking into my house back then

    Apr 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Jennifer

    Andrew has given me a great idea! I am currently housebound with my right foot in a cast. I am going to spend my time productively – I am going to write to everyone whose address is published ANYWHERE and send them a stern warning. Thanks for having everyone’s back, Andrew.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   chili

    Hi, I’m Andrew from the internet and I just love winding you all up and reading about your psychoanalysis of a piss-taking geek. You are right about about a lot of things but especially how little I care about whatsisname and whatshername’s wedding. Unlike you, I look at a lot of stuff on the internet I don’t care about; this site being a good example.
    love ya, Andrew from the internet (not my real name because I know how scary the internet can be)

    Apr 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   donut

      That’s all well and good, whatever your name is. Except for the fact that by choosing to read this site, you actively express an interest in it, which is what is commonly meant by “caring.” Not to mention, if you don’t care about Bill and Mara’s wedding, then why is it so important to you to make it known that you don’t care about their wedding? Oh you poor poor mishmash of self-unawareness.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.2   H for Toy

      Hey everyone! This guy, who claims to be Andrew, said we’re especially right in what we’ve said about how much he cares about Bill and Mara’s blog. Which means he really does care a lot about their blog. That brings a tear to my eye.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.3   Tom

      Everyone throws “caring” around like it’s an epithet. Is it bad to be laugh at something that, every time you feed it, it feeds comedy back? Is that even “caring”? I would define “caring” as something you’d miss if it went away, but there are plenty of times I’ve kept up with something for base entertainment value and when it went away it didn’t make any difference to me. When this peters out, Andrew will just mail somebody else and the fun starts all over again. If you define that as “caring”, that’s a pretty broad estimation to me. That’s like saying people care about grapes because they eat them, but that’s not necessarily the case.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   LI

    I’m surprised Andrew hasn’t written to me. My address, telephone number and all kinds of private information are available all over the Internet. Because that’s how it works if you run a home business (or do silly things like run for public office). Ever had out a business card? I get strangers emailing/phoning/stopping by for farm visits all the time. You know what? Most people are not like Andrew. Most people are just normal people. Life is too short and too full of things that really matter to worry about being targeted by an ax murderer that found me on the Internet.

    Apr 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   JoDa

    If someone knew my name, they could find my address on the internet easily. I’ve never posted it, but between public records and white pages, it wouldn’t take much effort. If someone knew my address (as simple as seeing me walk into my house), they could find my name the same way. I guess I just don’t get why he thinks this is such a great public service?

    Apr 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Turbo

    Am I the only one who reads Andrew’s letters in Sheldon’s voice (from Big Bang Theory)?

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   Kelsey

    Creepy as fuck. They have a legit stalker, who doesn’t think he is the scary stalker he speaks of.

    He sounds so jealous and bitter that they were happy about their wedding and what they did for it that he had to squash anyone who could possibly want to join in on their happiness. Andrew needs a life and a restraining order!

    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Mem

    Maybe it’s someone the couple actually knows who wants to be a jerk anonymously. Maybe posting addresses online is his pet peeve and made him snap.

    Apr 6, 2013 at 12:48 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   SilentPsycho

    I’ve just realised, I hand out leaflets with the address to one of my normal locations to hundreds of people each day! Plus it’s posted on the Internet! ZOMGTFBBQ!!1oneeleventyone. I could be mugged or shot or raped or murdered or forced to read Andrew’s inane written babbling every time I go to work! Someone, help me!

    Apr 6, 2013 at 6:56 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   Smokey

    Is Andrew single…he sounds like a catch!

    Apr 6, 2013 at 7:09 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   merc

    I actually think Andrew is a little funny. I’ve always joked with my kids about leaving messages for neighbors regarding their houses and yards and just signing them with my first name. They would go something like this:

    “It is June. I understand that the Christmas lights in the tree are difficult to place and remove BUT COME ON the flag hanging on the front door. Take it down for God’s sake!”

    “My young children fondly yell out “Hot Dog House!” every time we drive by your home. Why? Well, because you painted it the color of a hot dog bun, accented it with an ugly red/brown, and then trimmed it with yellow. I know you think you were being “creative” but there is a reason why paint manufacturers put together all the chips and sample colors. Your house would be an example of a “don’t”. By the way, the PURPLE door confuses my children. They want to know why you like grape jelly on your hot dog with mustard.”

    Apr 6, 2013 at 7:47 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   bug

      *sigh* Way to instill your judgmental, PA beliefs in your kids. Kids who only wanted to laugh and enjoy the humor of an oddly painted house. You might thank your neighbor for making your kids’ day.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #39   yolanda

    I’ve met people like Andrew. What’s mostly creepy about them is the fear that you’ll have to interact with them more, because they’re so bloody rude! It’s none of his business. He thinks himself smart/important enough to warrant bothering strangers. It’s a form of abuse, frankly, because in spite of the “topic” it’s all about Andrew and no consideration for how the others may feel about things.
    Anytime one’s agenda becomes more important than the concerns of others, it is abuse. Don’t steamroll others, and don’t stand down for others’ petty drama to steamroll you.

    Apr 6, 2013 at 11:32 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   H for Toy

    What we don’t see on the back of the letters is: PS – I love passiveaggressivenotes.com. It’s always been my dream to have a note posted there. Would you mind? Thx, Andrew.

    Apr 6, 2013 at 11:39 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Dana

    Andrew from the Internet could be any of the above posters !!

    We just wouldn’t know !!!!!!!!

    Apr 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   47of74 bang

    We have got to get Andrew and THX Sandra together! That would be a match made in heaven!

    Apr 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   jen

    i don’t know about you guys, but i live in a secret underground bunker that requires a password to even reveal the hidden passage to the door, because lord knows what would happen if STRANGERS knew you lived!!! somewhere!!! in a house!!!

    Apr 7, 2013 at 4:24 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   Raichu

    I think the creepiest thing is that he obviously spends a bunch of time perusing the blog for this wedding that he DOESN’T CARE ABOUT AT ALL!!! I think he’s got a few issues and I hope he addresses them. He’s starting to come off as a bit obsessive.

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:05 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #45   Prisoner416

    Damn it, now I want a letter from Andrew. Who knows, maybe there will be a bunch of Andrew copycats now.

    Apr 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #45.1   Jami

      It might be interesting if someone from here was to accidently on purpose post their address to Bill & Mara’s site or if we all chipped in we could get a PO Box, post it along with a fake name, and give it a month and see if Andrew sends a letter.

      The latter would require one of us being willing to rent the PO Box, a way we could all chip in a dollar or two for the rental, and finding a logical reason the address would be posted to Bill & Mara’s site.

      The former would just require someone willing to give out their real address on the site.

      As for fake names, I suggest Patrica Ann Nottingham.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.2   H for Toy

      How ’bout we post the name and address of Mark and Skankarella?

      Apr 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.3   Jami

      ROFL

      Actually, they already give out our phone numbers to telemarketers – I don’t even answer my phone anymore. And mom keeps getting sent magazines along with bills that she never signed up for. We can’t prove it’s them, but we know it’s them.

      Sometimes I swear my life could make a good soap opera or reality show.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.4   H for Toy

      So, you let all of us know their name and address, and we’ll all go around the internet, posting it in the worst places we can think of. We’ll say “these people hate gays, send them a letter!” on gay-rights websites, we’ll say they’re all for gun control on the NRA websites. We’ll say (truthfully) that they never voluntarily pay child support on single-parents-support sites. It’ll be great! And they’ll never trace it back to you, because it’ll be coming from servers all over the country/world. Except maybe if they find this comment…

      Apr 8, 2013 at 9:58 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.5   kermit

      Whoa, there torch-wielding mob. Avast and hold yer horses.

      Seriously though – falsely claiming they hate gays can get real ugly real quick, and it’s not a form of retaliation I can support.

      Check out the archives of Regretsy to see Helen (the lady who runs that blog) devote an entire post apologizing to a lady on Facebook for falsely trashing her in such a way. The FB lady received death threats and the police became involved after an unruly FB mob started a hate-group about her.

      Seriously not ok.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #46   valerie

    What a jerk. :P

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   Ted

    It’s Bill or Mara writing these letters. They’re just loving all the attention they and their crappy wedding blog thingy has gotten since posting this; and they just can’t give it up. There never was or is any ‘Andrew’. Expect another post, soon. Sheesh, bored people buy into anything.

    Apr 8, 2013 at 1:25 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #47.1   BillP bang

      Not us, and we’ve taken ‘the crappy blog thingy’ down because of the attention (and the fact that it’s after the wedding). Don’t expect another post unless ‘Andrew’ sends us another letter.

      Also because of the new information from the second letter I’ve been able to find him in my server logs. I could send you a copy if you like.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #48   a

    although he is most likely a harmless internet weirdo, in all seriousness, if I were you, I would give your wedding venue a heads up on the security front. can’t hurt

    Apr 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #49   Concerned

    This guy is a sociopath. If I were the people he wrote to I’d turn the letters over to the FBI. Nothing would probably happen to him, but I’m sure he’d be put on a watch list of sorts. It’s people like this that end up shooting innocent people.

    Apr 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   Ann

    Andrew must know these people. That or he just has a lot of time on his hands. Maybe this is a new “thing” on the internet (not that I’ve seen mention of it on 4chan)–you know, find someone online and randomly (but sort of politely) postal-stalk them?

    Also, “I’m from the internet”…that’s a meme.

    Apr 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   Bugsie

    Andrew sounds like a prick. A hilarious prick, but a prick nontheless.

    Apr 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   Nope

    Rant incoming….Man, it annoys the hell out of me when people can’t be bothered to tell me their correct address. Happens at my job all the time. They’ll say 9 Elm…really? Elm what? Elm Tree? Elm Street? Elm Road? Elm Avenue? How the fuck am I supposed to know which it is? Last I checked I’m not a map, nor do I live with you, therefore it’s your fucking job to known your own damn address, jeez! And then you have the geniuses who don’t provide their area code when giving their phone #…they’ll say 123-4567…okay that’s great….do you know how many 123-4567s there are? 100s…give me a freaking area code idiots!!! /rant

    Apr 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   Hastor

    I think this person should go through all the printed phone books in the country and notify them all that their name and address is publicly available.

    Apr 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   Andrew

    Hi, my name is Andrew, and I’m from the internet. I can’t believe how many of you are using your names to post in the comment section of this blog. You should know better.

    And those of you using pseudonyms? Not much better. “The Elf”? “H for Toy”? These are easily trackable.

    You make me sad.

    Apr 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     

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