Man's Identity Stolen by Bear
Andy Romansky was having an average day. He went to school in the morning. Headed to work during the evening. And when he got home, he plopped down in front of the computer to unwind for a bit. He clicked on MSN Messenger, and quickly began a conversation with his buddy Ray. But something wasn't quite right...
|Next time you're chatting online, realize that who you're talking to may not really be who you think it is. |
"If only I knew what I was getting myself into," Andy says with a sigh.
He started the conversation by saying 'Hey, how're you doing?', a simple and common phrase heard often on Messenger. After a few minutes, Ray finally responded with a poorly written message that read 'bringe mee honey'.
"Ray is allergic to honey, so I knew something was wrong right away. And he knows how to spell properly. And it doesn't usually take him a minute to write 3 words," Andy explains. "Yet, I still didn't really care too much and I kept the conversation going."
'come overr. i not eat u.' was the next message Andy received a few minutes later. He simply thought Ray was joking, pretending to be some sort of mentally challenged cannibal. He played along with the joke, replying to the message by saying 'Sure thing, Hannibal'.
But he didn't know how serious the situation was.
Ray Tyloss wasn't on the other end of the computer. In fact, he was unconscious on the floor of his living room, bashed over the head repeatedly with a picnic basket. Who was at the computer? Well, none other than a massive grizzly bear.
"I don't know how he had managed to do it, but the bear had logged into my MSN Messenger, and was trying to lure more victims to my home." Ray retells his harrowing story with fear. "How can a bear even manage to type with his massive paws? I just don't get it."
The bear continued his evil scheme. He sent messages to all of Ray's friends. Things like 'i not beare. come heree,' 'hungree. havve honey?' and 'i haave monney. comee over,' were laid as bait to all of his buddies. And surprisingly, one of them took it.
"Well, he said he wanted to give me money," says Jacob Lange. "I mean, at the time, it seemed like a good idea. I never thought it was a bear weaving a web of lies."
When Jacob arrived at Ray's house for the free cash, he was shocked to find Ray passed out on the floor, and a bear running straight at him. Not knowing what to do, he quickly thought of something he saw in a Steven Seagal movie the previous evening, and tried to uppercut the bear.
"Yeah...my suggestion for everyone who plans to uppercut a bear is...don't," Jacob warns.
With the punch doing nothing to the bear, Jacob froze in fear, awaiting his horrible fate. But luck was on his side, as a tranquilizer dart suddenly lodged itself into the bear's neck, and it fell down to the floor. But how?
Dale Peters, a famed hunter, was one of Ray's buddies on the net. When he started receiving instant messages like 'i likke fish' and 'i humann, no beare!' he instantly connected the dots, grabbed his tranq gun, and dashed over to his friend's house to save the day.
"A lot of people ask me how I knew it was a bear just from those few messages. You know what, wh
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