Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
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.
Source: The Guardian
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger