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Old 12-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #121
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I think I am most disappointed that the so excited Grandfather really didn't exist....

I felt really bad that someone would have to go through this saga. I know that people sometimes do, but it seems a little farfetched that this could be entertaining to someone?!?! I really don't get it, however, a lot of good advice was given & a lot of dis-sers showed how caring & supportive they can be.

The moderators got to prove that they are pretty wonderful & on top of things too. (Which is pretty cool considering the number of different posters you see on the boards daily!)

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:34 PM   #122
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Wow. I bought the story, though I stopped reading after a while. I did think it odd that someone would come back to give so many updates. Often people dump their problems on the Internet, but then go on with their lives.

I have had my tree up since the weekend after Halloween. That's all we're putting up. Only 2 more weeks till I fly to the lower 48 to be with family.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:34 PM   #123
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While we don't normally comment on these matters, a lot of you are invested in this one. I want to share a little background.

We've known for a long time that this was a regular poster using a new alias. I think she even stated that in her first post. Not a big deal; we frequently see "I'm using a new name for this embarrassing post."

The two usernames were telling vastly different stories. This one had all the drama and international moves. The other incarnation was sharing little details of normal, happy couple hood and nice little things her DH did for her.

Again, tall tales are not a big deal. But as the drama escalated and the "baby" arrived, generous and caring people started talking about sending gifts and cards. That was the tipping point where the entertaining tall tale leaned toward taking advantage of people in tangible, real-life ways.

And that's where I closed it.

The poster was never in Canada or California, there is no Henry. I was in contact with the poster in question, there is no doubt about this being a mistake.

So that's the story.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:35 PM   #124
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I was surprised how long that thread went on. I'd see it and feel bad that I didn't post any comforting words, but it just felt off.
I like DisneyDoll's thought that maybe the kind words helped someone else who really needed it.
As far as Christmas, I am working on finishing this coming week.
The grandkids are growing up, it's getting so much harder.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:56 PM   #125
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What did you buy? I got mine some lounge pants and a scarf. Not sure what else to get him. I need stocking stuffer ideas.
If there are new ideas I will take them , I am in a funk....
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:00 PM   #126
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Its really nice to know that the mods are lurking and keeping us safe from scammers. :]

Mods are awesome! Great job on the catch!
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:07 PM   #127
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While we don't normally comment on these matters, a lot of you are invested in this one. I want to share a little background.

We've known for a long time that this was a regular poster using a new alias. I think she even stated that in her first post. Not a big deal; we frequently see "I'm using a new name for this embarrassing post."

The two usernames were telling vastly different stories. This one had all the drama and international moves. The other incarnation was sharing little details of normal, happy couple hood and nice little things her DH did for her.

Again, tall tales are not a big deal. But as the drama escalated and the "baby" arrived, generous and caring people started talking about sending gifts and cards. That was the tipping point where the entertaining tall tale leaned toward taking advantage of people in tangible, real-life ways.

And that's where I closed it.

The poster was never in Canada or California, there is no Henry. I was in contact with the poster in question, there is no doubt about this being a mistake.

So that's the story.
OMG YOUR KIDDING? ITS ALL FAKE??????? Im just chiming in now. was away all day. Couldn't believe it!

WOW. I really dunno what to say! I totally bought it!

Im disgusted and disappointed that someone would go to great lengths to dupe so many ppl. Thats so low and disgusting. This person must be so bored with their life to orchestrate something like that.

Thank you webmasters for catching this before ppl started sending money and gifts!

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Old 12-07-2012, 05:15 PM   #128
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Thanks Webmaster Kathy for the update.


Despite being on the thread from the beginning, I was feeling a bit weirded out by the way people got invested in that particular poster. People were calling themselves cyber aunties, and that is not appropriate in this Internet venue, IMHO.

As for Christmas decorating - tree has been up for 1 month, as are outside decorations. Tree has lots of wrapped gifts under it, all gifts are purchased, except for a few gift cards, and waiting on donation cards to arrive for teachers (we donate to a charity in memory of the kids' classes).

Again, thanks to moderators for locking the thread so that no one else was anymore emotionally or financially invested in this particular person.

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Old 12-07-2012, 05:22 PM   #129
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I got some stuff for his favorite NFL Team, a sweater, some undergarments (exciting, I know) and I bot him Pez for his stocking, just the refills, not the dispenser.

I have a few more things to get for his stocking but at least I started.
He's getting socks, only because he asked for them.

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If there are new ideas I will take them , I am in a funk....
If I hear of anything I will let you know.

DH did ask for a kindling knife from Duluth Trading, maybe I can get that for his stocking. I tell ya, he is the hardest man to shop for!
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:49 PM   #130
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Why was the lie allowed to continue for so long?
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:02 PM   #131
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Well, they wrote a good story. I do not understand the sad lives of those who choose to make up stories on message boards...
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:20 PM   #132
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On Topic - kind of fits with the timing of that budget board post urging people not to give money to tragic thread posters
I never read the original post, which actually is quite surprising considering that whenever I see a thread that gets that long, I usually pop in to see what it's all about.

I have read this thread, though, and I have to admit that I thought maybe the poster on the other read had read the warnings about scammers and thought to herself, "Hey, I'm smart enough. Bet I can fool them all."

Sadly, there are some real nut jobs out there.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:34 PM   #133
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Thanks for the explanation Webmaster Kathy.

To those who thought something was up when the mom was going to visit...hmm, maybe, maybe not. In our experience, the mom was involved with her teen's "affair." If it had not been for pictures, etc., I would have wondered myself if the mom was involved with the BIL also. Very strange situations...
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:37 PM   #134
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Wow, I was totally buying it. Not enough to send a present, but bought it all hook, line, and sinker! As a nurse for many many years, most of it in OB, I have seen my share of drama around pregnancy! Why someone would make all that up is puzzling, to say the least.

Just heard on the news that the Nurse who took that prank call regarding Duchess Kate might have committed suicide! Hope those morons on the radio feel like the jerks they are now. Iin the US we have all those HIPAA laws that protect info, but give the Nurse a break, she is likely a British subject, and hearing the Queen put through on the phone probably made her forget whatever laws they might have in Britain.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:14 PM   #135
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Kerri, you'll have to share pics! I need to raid the suitcase with MIL's other decorations to see what other great vintage ornaments she had. The reindeer had sticks coming out the bottom to put them in plants, so I just pulled those out.
I have one lone red reindeer so I put that one in the dining room. I'll post pics of that when I'm done in there.
I'm looking forward to seeing photos. If I get the holly berries set up this year I'll post photos. We do have a cute mantle but I wanted a little more this year, just hadn't figured out what but I loved the berries on yours so maybe that's it.

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Why was the lie allowed to continue for so long?
The mods have other things going on, I'm sure it just took them that long to confirm this was a fake story.
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