Method Of Modern Love: Twitter-Style

Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

The Happy Couple: Farthing For Your Thoughts Mrs. Puddick?

London plumber, Ian Puddick, was aghast after reading a text message on his wife’s cell phone. It seems  Leena, was having an affair with Tim Haynes, an insurance broker at one of London’s hoary financial houses and a City Director. The affair began at a company Christmas Party (don’t they all) and continued for ten years.   Rather than an immediate face-to-face confrontation with all the messiness that involves, Puddick set up several websites and then began to Twitter the racy cyber-dialog between the illicit lovers. One read, “Where do you want to have sex next? The office, al fresco, the flat or all three you greedy girl?”  He supplemented the shorthand with videos and a blog– all dedicated to the affair.

The morally questionable Mr. Haynes was not amused and pressed charges alleging that Twittering wasn’t the half of it. Puddick, Haynes claimed, also contacted clients, employers, neighbors, and colleagues inviting them in on the fun.  The electronic barrage was so bad that Haynes was forced to give up his job.  Using company funds to finance some of the rendezvous  might have contributed too, Haynes conceded.

Following a three-day trial in the Westminster Magistrate’s Court, true love triumphed and Puddick was exonerated. District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe ruled the defendant’s actions did not form a “course of conduct” and dismissed the charges. Puddick was elated.  ” A victory for free speech and the small man,” he crowed. It’s a little unclear what the second adjectival phrase refers to, but regardless, Puddick was a free man.

As students of human nature probably guessed, Leena returned to her cyber-white knight. To complete the love story, Haynes’ wife returned to him, too.

The End.

Source: The Guardian

~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

26 thoughts on “Method Of Modern Love: Twitter-Style”

  1. The real story that was discussed in court …
    My website ( the one that got me arrested 4 times)
    I have never ever (not once) sent any personal info re mr Haynes on twitter or facebook. On day 1 of the trial the police said I had sent 1000’s messages, day 2 they conceded that I had never, however dc Mayo said that I had a twitter and fbook acct and she believed I intended too send messages.
    My wife had 4 month affair, not 10 as reported.
    Kindest regards
    Ian Puddick

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