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Hi Tricia,

Not sure what you intended here, but this is clearly lifted almost word-for-word from one of my articles. The similarities are more than incidental and more than cosmetic — entire paragraphs have been taken with just a few words changed around.

I would appreciate if you would either (a) make substantial changes to the story, such that it is no longer extremely similar from mine or (b) remove the story from this and any website altogether.

While I understand that there are finite concepts and ideas in the world, and many similar stories can be told about the same subject, that is clearly not the case here. I don’t believe you did this with any malicious intent. Mistakes happen. Maybe you didn’t know what you were doing was plagiarism, but it was indeed plagiarism. You took my article, changed a few things around, gave me no credit, and published it under your own name.

Actually, you took Thought Catalog’s article, but that is beside the point. The point is that you seem like a good kid, and I know you’re going to do the right thing and amend this article or take it down.

Thanks!

Kelly