Relationship on a Train

"I signed up to those sites just so I wouldn't get anymore emails asking me to join."

My partner and I were riding a train into the city to see a movie and were among many people to overhear a mobile phone conversation from a young man, behind us, to his girlfriend, 'Claire'. Claire was very suspicious.

I don't know the man's name so I'll choose one... 'Gareth'.

Gareth initially denied accusations of having joined some web sites but then he changed his story to this article's opening line - "I signed up to those sites just so I wouldn't get anymore emails asking me to join." Which is shady justification at best, as Claire queried why he didn't just block the emails? I'm sure everyone listening in thought that too. Both my partner and I did.

Gareth also denied that he knew any of the people asking him to join the sites and that he hadn't contacted anyone. All the suspect emails had been sent to him. He encouraged Claire to not only look in his spam folder at the emails but to also delete and block them. For some reason she conveyed that she wouldn't delete or block the emails and one has to wonder what she was doing looking at his email account in the first place (unless perhaps they share an account - which would make Gareth none too smart indeed).

One interesting excuse given for not joining a site was that "you have to be 13 or over and be born after 1982." That would make Gareth at least 24-25 years of age. I've never heard of that kind of restriction on a site before? He went on to say something along the lines of why would he be trying to pick up 17 year olds?

He said that he'd never lied to her, he loved her and that he wouldn't want to hurt her. Especially after all the trouble they'd had before...

Uh oh...there's a 'Dr. Phil' moment, "The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior." Well that crossed my mind at the time.

There's not a lot more to the conversation. Gareth cut the discussion short saying something along the lines of they would talk when he got home.

I don't know Gareth, I never even got a glimpse of what he looked like. He's just a voice in my memory. I don't even know what kind of web sites were under discussion. I made a joke to my partner that "he'd done nothing wrong by subscribing to the 'Toys-r-us' web site" (well you never know!).

What I found interesting about this conversation was that it was all technology based. Suspicious emails, suspect web site subscriptions, trying to pick up people over the internet. Even having such a discussion on a mobile phone whilst riding public transport.

It's all so now. No need to wait until your other half gets home before making accusations just ring their mobile.

I wonder if any one else wrote about it in their blog?

4 comments:

  1. I have to wonder...why Gareth? Why not Bob...

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  2. My first thought was 'John' but then I thought, I really should use a name that sounds more contemporary for a younger person...'Gareth' was the next name that came to mind. 'Bob' sounds like it comes from my generation.

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  3. 'Bob' sounds like it comes from my generation

    hahaha that sounds old and you cant be old coz then i am :)
    It was so funny lisenting to him trying to weedle his way out of the lies :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing this article. It is very interesting.

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