First there was road rage, brought on by appalling stupid drivers that try to either kill you with their recklessness, or wither you into a shell of a human due to boredom. Now there’s spam rage, the affliction caused by trying to take advantage of a wonderful form of communication, to stay in touch with families and friends, business partners, and the world of information, only to be greeted by porn, organ enlargement pills, insurances, bogus sales, and multitudes of other “get rich quick” scams.
Imagine, if you will, that you were sitting at home at the dinner table, eating dinner with your wife and kids, when the phone rang and the person on the other line tells you your penis is too small and they have the answer to your problem. And they do this multiple times a day, every day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That would piss off anyone. Sure, we can hang up on them, and delete the email, but that won’t make them go away.
One man got fed up, and sent death threats to a Canadian internet company that supposedly sent this man countless spam emails, which they claim is the wrong company responsible for the spams.
Booher was arrested Thursday and is charged with making threatening interstate or foreign communications, a crime punishable by up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Seeborg of San Jose released him on a $75,000 bond. He is due back in court Dec. 11.
Clearly they are going after the wrong person. They should be going after the people who send spam, to prevent this kind of “rage” from happening. Clearly the man went overboard, and he’s clearly a stupid boob trying to act like a bigshot. Most death threats are just forms of uncontrolled rage that’ll never materialize. It’s a shame to see someone being burned at the stake like this, when it’s the wrong person on the wrong end of the witchhunt.
In related news, the Senate is working on a bill that’ll help take the fight to the spammers. It’s about time. Here’s hoping it’s harsh enough to be effective.