Facebook dumpee Michael Chopra or would-be closet racist Sam Deering can both vouch for the dangers posed by the social networking site. But there was nothing either of them could do to help Manchester United fan Stuart Slann who fell victim to a Facebook prank as hilarious as it was heartless, and as superb as it was psychotic!
Stuart had been on holiday to Mexico last November. Staying in the same resort were two Liverpool fans. Friendly banter was initially exchanged, but the Scousers soon grew tired of Stuart’s endless boasting about United. The Liverpool fans also claim that Stuart was generally being a bit of a nuisance and that one man took a swing at him over a comment made to his wife.
One night the Scousers decided enough was enough and demanded that Stuart sing them a few Liverpool anthems. When Stuart refused, the drunken duo (both professional Cage Fighters, by the way) decided to throw their Manc adversary into the pool but in the words of one of them: “we threw him in the shallow end by mistake I thought ‘Shit we’ve killed him’ because he just lay there motionless”. As it turned out they had just done some damage to his ankle.
You would think a possibly broken ankle could be considered revenge for a bit of mouthy Manc attitude, but this pair had other ideas. On their return to the UK they created a fake Facebook (or a Fakebook if you prefer) in the name of “Emma” and tracked down Stuart. In their own words, they “groomed” him for six weeks, starting with a bit of chit-chat and then in “the last two weeks I made him fall in love with me”.
On 31 January it was time for Stuart and Emma to meet-up for a bit of romance. Unfortunately for Sheffield-based Stuart it was a 10-hour drive to Emma’s fictional home north of Aberdeen, but it would be worth it surely? The Scousers got a female friend to adopt a Scottish accent and reassure Stuart before he set off and explain that she would be in work until he arrived so she would only be able to text him.
During the journey, Emma text Stuart complaining of boredom at work and requesting some saucy photos. He duly complied by sending a short video of himself sucking on a pink vibrator. The vibrator had apparently been the subject of much humour to the Scousers during the holiday since Stuart had taken it to Mexico despite travelling alone.
After eventually arriving in Aberdeen and waiting patiently at the deserted farm she where she supposedly lived, Stuart rang Emma to see where she was. He was greeted at the other end of the phone by his two holiday chums. Stuart was not best pleased and (one for the irony spotters) took solace in his Facebook updates! Unsurprisingly, his wife was not impressed either and has now left him.