On Saturday, I spent a wonderful afternoon and evening at Kavanagh's bar and venue for #CraftBeerUnLaoisD2 and for those that don't understand that hashtag, it's the second local craft beer festival in Laois, Ireland. The festival was organised by Wayne and Janice Dunne, The Irish Beer Snobs.
It was a lot of fun with some great beer and entertainment. At the end of the night, I purchased 4 bottles of White Gypsy beers. They are lovely 750ml bottles that I intended to share with my wife. I had already purchased one bottle earlier that evening and put it in my back pack. My back pack is split in two so I got 4 bottles in the main area and one in the smaller section.
When it was time to get the bus back home, nothing out of the ordinary happened. We just went home and had a good time on the bus talking to another group who had been to the festival.
The next morning, things took an unexpected turn when we discovered that my 4 bottles of white gypsy had been replaced with 6 smaller, empty Bulmers pint bottles. When it emerged it wasn't a prank by anyone in the house, I tweeted:
To the person who stole my @whitegypsy bottles from my bag and replaced with empty bulmers bottles, not cool. I paid good money for them.— Reuben Gray (@TaleOfAle) June 21, 2015
This was followed by:
And then:@beerfoodtravel @TaleOfAle @brian_con @whitegypsy @BoBristle @VanguardBC We have liberated your beer. Want it back? Do as we say.— Reubens Troll (@BringBackLager) June 21, 2015
The picture was brilliant. The game was on, what were the demands?
Your blog is shit @TaleOfAle. Start reviewing good beers. Starting w/ Dutch Gold. You have 3 days to do it or else the @whitegypsy gets it!— Reubens Troll (@BringBackLager) June 22, 2015
Hah, should I do it? Sure why not. It's a pretty funny request and I can have some fun with it. Not everyone will be familiar with Dutch Gold. It's a really cheap lager, one of the cheapest before you get to supermarket own brands. It's not the worst lager in the world by a long shot. It's just bland and boring.
Here's the problem. The prankster wasn't going to be content with just the blog post.
Here was demand #2:
#2: team up w your buddy @BeoirFinder. Add top 5 places in Dub pouring @Tuborg to app. Then you will receive your nasty beer back@TaleOfAle— Reubens Troll (@BringBackLager) June 23, 2015
Now this one was too far. I'm the Chairman of Beoir and it would be unethical of me to use Beoir resources for a private issue like this. There's also the technical issue of doing what was asked. It could involve days or even weeks of work by Andrew to update the code, adding in a new section of the app. It's not like it's a tick box. This would then likely be downloaded by thousands of people when they get the update notifications. All of this to satisfy one pranksters amusement? To me, that was just too far.
So I ended it and said I'm not playing any more. I simply consider it theft of property now.
Here's the thing, 4 bottles of white gypsy beer will €34 to replace. They are €8.50 each in drinkstore. The thief/prankster has essentially stolen €34 from me.
Kudos to White Gypsy who have actually offered to replace the beer for free. I thanked them but refused their kind offer as the theft of my beer isn't their fault and why should they be out of pocket?
I know that the prankster uses an iPhone and I believe they are either on the O2 or perhaps the Three network. That one is hard to tell because Three bought O2 but a baited link for the prankster revealed that info and I could confirm it because tweetdeck shows the device/app used. The prankster favourited my bait tweet at the same time his device IP address (O2 network) and device type was logged.
So, the real question now is. Does the prankster have the guts to come forward, admit they took it too far and return the beer to me? If returning the beer is too much hassle, I will take a paypal gift of €34 which is the cost of replacing the beer that was taken.
CCTV footage of the event will be checked, if it shows what happened, the culprit will be named and shamed if they don't come forward. If they do come forward, I will not use the CCTV footage but they must publicly apologise on twitter and accept their mistake. It was funny at first but then it just became tiresome and boring.
In the meantime, I can at least enjoy the fifth bottle that they missed.
Edit: This was just tweeted so I guess I will be doing a Dutch Gold review after all. Am I being a baby about this by refusing to give in to the second demand?
@TaleOfAle go ahead and post that Dutch Gold write up and we'll release the hostages. #LightenUp #LifesTooShort pic.twitter.com/pRu5G53Ffl— Reubens Troll (@BringBackLager) June 24, 2015
Edit2: This took another turn. The asshole demanded the empty Bulmers bottles back which I no longer have so has demanded the Dutch Gold review anyway. This person just doesn't know when to quit. They have admitted to theft, blackmail and are essentially cyber bullying / harassing me at this stage.
They might not even have my beer, I have no proof that they do, only that they posses at least one bottle of White Gypsy beer to take a picture of.
It's not worth it.