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Man Reportedly Gets Revenge on Scammer by Texting Him Shakespeare’s Entire Works

The Cobbe portrait of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), c1610.
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An Englishman is trying to get revenge for being scammed by an online seller by texting him the entirety of various William Shakespeare plays after he failed to receive a PlayStation 3 he thought he ordered at a great price

An Englishman is trying to get even with an Internet seller who has not come through with an order by texting him entire William Shakespeare plays to annoy him, The Bristol Post and CNET.co.uk report via SWNS.

Edd Joseph, 24, of Bristol, England, reportedly has yet to receive an £80 PS3 that he ordered from the classifieds website Gumtree. He’s now taking revenge by copying the full text of plays like Hamlet, Macbeth, and Othello, and pasting them into text messages to the seller, which he sends online. So far, he’s texted 22 full plays, which amounts to 17, 424 texts. Joseph claims to have an unlimited data plan.

“If nothing else I’m sharing a little bit of culture with someone who probably doesn’t have much experience of it,” Joseph told The Bristol Post. “I’m not a literary student, and I’m not an avid fan of Shakespeare but I’ve got a new appreciation you could say – especially for the long ones.”

But if he read Hamlet as he was texting it, then he would know that “brevity is the soul of wit.”

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