This weekend I found out someone I’ve known for a super long time has been harassing people we used to know and their coworkers in a big way. I’d heard a while back that they were still up to their old pranking routine, and I assumed it was the same ole harmless shenanigans we got up to when we were kids—immature, sure, but I didn’t think much of it.

I guess now with the advancement of ~*TeChNoLoGy*~, there are services out there that really take it to a whole other level. While we were hanging out, they shared a story about how they hire this service where you can mask the phone number to make prank calls. So they started a beef between two people JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. And apparently it lead to an in-person confrontation.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, they told us how they actually got in trouble at work for pranking. They proudly told us they’ve built up a library of phone numbers they swipe from email signatures, and will instigate shit between coworkers in different departments. This is some next level shit that just BLEW MY MIND. I couldn’t imagine something like that happening at my work, OR someone still having a job after that.

I felt really uncomfortable hearing about it, and initially I thought it was just because of how proud they were of it and how it just seemed like one big joke to them. But on my drive home, I began to really process it and aside from it being extremely childish and unprofessional, it really struck me how similar it is to the unwarranted harassment I’ve had to deal with.

I’ve unfortunately been an easy target for anonymous people to fuck with, and it’s one of the worst feelings in the world. Aside from the obvious feelings of hurt and anger, it’s had many residual effects, like constant anxiety and paranoia. These are feelings I wouldn’t wish on ANYONE.

So to think that this is all a game to them, to see someone do what has been done to me, I can’t be apart of. I rationalize that they must be in a place of intense unhappiness, but it’s no excuse.

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