Participating in a opensource community has lot of advantages, you get to know really cool people. You learn lot of new things… but also strange anecdotes happen.
Some time ago I was talking with Will, and we both remembered one of the most funniest (now) things ever happened in
#kopete irc channel. We laughed a lot, until Will told me. “I still have those logs somewhere”. I said “Really! I think it is time to blog them.
April 3, probably 2003 or 2004. I was in Chile by then. It was sleeping time for Europa. In the channel you can see Sean Egan, GAIM’s lead developer, and myself. Until….
The following takes place between 5 am and 6 am… Events ocur in real time.
--> Lazlo ([HOST REMOVED].edu) has joined #kopete <Lazlo> uhh, hi all heh. I have a strange request. is that Sean Egan from New York (sorry kinda new to irc) <SeanEgan> hm? <Lazlo> hello ? <Lazlo> oh heh <SeanEgan> Um, yeah. I'm from New York <Lazlo> uh, hi -- I searched on google and it said a 'Sean Egan' was in this chat room. Do you know where Valley STream is? <SeanEgan> Yeah, that's where I live on Long Island <Lazlo> ehh, what's the zip code heh (sorry for these odd questions I have to protect an identity here, kinda iffy)? <SeanEgan> hehe, um, it's [ZIP CODE REMOVED]. Who are you? <Lazlo> uh, Are you at [ADDRESS REMOVED]? <SeanEgan> ok. Who are you? <Lazlo> can anyone here tell me if this is really Sean Egan? <SeanEgan> they're probably all asleep. This is a very European channel. <SeanEgan> being KDE and all ;) <Lazlo> uhh, hi all heh. I have a strange request. is that Sean Egan from New York (sorry <Lazlo> um, what's KDE? I don't use computers mujch <SeanEgan> It's alright. Why do you know m address? <Lazlo> whatever man -- look, are you really Sean Egan? <SeanEgan> Yeah. <Lazlo> um, I think I may have found your wallet near a truck stop <SeanEgan> really?! <SeanEgan> haha! <SeanEgan> I lost my wallet yesterda <SeanEgan> y <Lazlo> phew! hah, man i wasn't sure if I could find you heh <SeanEgan> well, you do have my address ;) <Lazlo> heh, true but i'm in west virginia. you're credit card is [CREDIT CARD REMOVED], right? <SeanEgan> ,,, <SeanEgan> Um, I'll take your word for it... <Lazlo> ?? heh, maybe I should buy some stuff haha * SeanEgan hopes you're joking. <SeanEgan> Ok. The address you have is my Long Island address, but I'm up at school in Binghamton <Lazlo> um, i can rent a car with the credit card and drive to drop it off if you like? <Lazlo> by the way, who's the hot girl in the picture ;-) heh <SeanEgan> Dude, that's my sister. <SeanEgan> Listen, just mail the wallet to me. I'll PM you my address. <Lazlo> man just calm down -- i'm trying to help here i didn't know <Lazlo> what about the cost to send it?!? <SeanEgan> no, it's alright. I'm going to PM you my address, and you can mail it to me? <SeanEgan> Um... I don't know. Maybe $2? <Lazlo> $2?!? i think more than that man <SeanEgan> If you want, I should have some cash in there, you can pay with my money. <SeanEgan> But I need my id and my credit cards and stuff. <Lazlo> look i took the time to search your name and stuff <SeanEgan> yeah, pay for postage with my own money, I don't care <Lazlo> i'm not even talking about postage man -- I'll use the card to buy stuff I think is right, seriously. you owe me big time <SeanEgan> you want a reward? <SeanEgan> How much cash do I have in there? $30? <duncanmv> oh, Americans <Lazlo> whatever dude -- you don't get it! How much do you have on your card, can i buy some stuff? <SeanEgan> No, you can't <SeanEgan> Are you serious? * duncanmv doesn't find it a funny joke <Lazlo> why wouldl i joke?! look, i'll just buy some stuff or you won't get your wallet <SeanEgan> Lazlo: I just called my bank and they've cancelled the credit card. <SeanEgan> I'll let you keep all the cash I have in there as a reward, but if you would please return it to the address I PMed you, I would really appreciate it. <Lazlo> ??!?!? <SeanEgan> And so would the Occidental University Police, if you catch my drift. <Lazlo> now you WONT GET YOUR FRIGGIN WALLET <Lazlo> uHGHGHG <duncanmv> ok, just call his college tomorrow <duncanmv> and tell them [NAME REMOVED] has your wallet <duncanmv> tell them the ip and time log <duncanmv> and tell them you offered him even a reward <SeanEgan> Lazlo: Let's not make a big deal out of it. Keep the cash, and mail the wallet to that address, ok? <Lazlo> what the f*XCKC wahta kinda platce is this??!? stay out of this duncanmv. dude don't you DARE TELL MY schools <Lazlo> SeanEgan: NO! crap there's only $24 dollars in the WALLET man <SeanEgan> Listen, that wallet has my drivers license in it, it has my social security card, it has my school id... I really need that. <SeanEgan> You can keep the $24, just mail it back to me, please. <SeanEgan> What do you think is a fair reward? <Lazlo> F*CUI@ NO!!! look, i could have sold your stuff already but i didn't. social security cards are expensive <SeanEgan> Listen, how much do you want from me? <duncanmv> I could have sold your social security card? wtf? gansters? <Lazlo> LISTEN! I'm talking a few hundred dude -- and some stuff. <Lazlo> all i know is the people on the internet always look for this identify stuff <SeanEgan> It's not worth a few hundred to me. I can just get the ID reissued for a hundred. <SeanEgan> at most <SeanEgan> OK, and you just told me that you're selling my social security number, so I can get new one and make sure it's worthless. <SeanEgan> I'll offer you $100. <SeanEgan> final offer. <Lazlo> F@#@! FINE dude, whatever -- how will you send me the money then? i definitely WONT send it until the money gets here. i'm no fool buddy <duncanmv> ok <duncanmv> I logged into [UNIVERSITY NAME REMOVED], and got all his data <duncanmv> ;) <SeanEgan> My ATM pin is [PIN REMOVED]. That's the Citibank one. If you withdraw anymore than $100, I report you to the police and they'll have your picture and everything and you'll go to jail, do you understand me? <SeanEgan> Also, I'm changing the PIN FIRST THING tomorrow, so you have to act on that quick. <SeanEgan> deal? <Lazlo> This is some world of shit dudes! i try to help and all you do is threaten police call!!@@ LISTEN I HAVE MY RIGHTS <SeanEgan> Lazlo: You have no clue how deep trouble you're in right now. <duncanmv> your rights is stealing Sean's money? come on <SeanEgan> 10 people have this conversation logged; we have all your personal data; you really are in no position to talk about your rights. <Lazlo> WHATEVER This is the LAST time i try to help some looser out who can't keep his wallet. Where's your gratitude man? <SeanEgan> Ok. Take $100. Send me my wallet. <Lazlo> f&%@ fine. you're lucky. <-- Lazlo has quit ("leaving")
I never knew what happened with Sean’s wallet. So today I emailed him and asked. This is the happy end of the story:
Ha! I didn’t think anyone remembered that! That guy was nuts. I was able to reason with him, though. It turned out I was able to promise him a feature request in Gaim and that sufficed for him. He sent the wallet back, and I never found any weird fraudulent charges on any of my cards ;)
My guess is that he wasn’t any older than 16.
Just remember, every time a Gaim user sends someone a file by dragging it into a conversation window, it’s because I lost my wallet.