Top 10 SHAMINGS of the Internet that RUINED People’s LIVES

Top 10 Shamings of the Internet that Ruined
People’s Lives 10. Dog Poop Girl On June 5, 2005, a young woman with her small
dog boarded a subway in Seoul, South Korea. At some point during the trip, the dog defecated
on the floor of the subway. The owner of the dog made no attempt to clean it up, and when
people told her to clean it up, she apparently got belligerent. Someone snapped a picture
and details of the account were posted on a number of popular Internet forums. Within hours, personal information about the
young woman and her family were being shared online. Anything that might have been true
about her was posted and she became national news. She was recognized in the streets and
people sent her hate mail through her personal website. Out of humiliation, she had to drop
out of University. This was one of the first cases of Internet
shaming. At the time, John Krim with the Washington Post wrote that the response to the incident
“… was a remarkable show of Internet force, and a peek into an unsettling corner of the
future.” 9. Taylor Chapman On the morning of June 8, 2013, 27-year-old
Taylor Chapman walked into a Dunkin’ Donuts in Ocala, Florida. Armed with her iPhone,
Chapman recorded herself berating two employees who were working there. Chapman said she was
there the night before and didn’t get her receipt. She said that, as part of Dunkin’
Donut’s policy, she was entitled to free food due to the oversight. At first, she wants
the whole menu, before settling on what she apparently ordered the night before. Then
over the course of eight minutes and nine seconds, she berates two employees who were
unfailingly nice even though Chapman launched into a vile tirade that involved threats of
violence along with sexual and racial slurs. The amazing thing about this story is that
Chapman posted the video herself on her Facebook. It quickly became viral and has been viewed
almost a million times on YouTube and there are close to 12,000 comments on it. A lot
of the comments are vile in their own right and are directed at Chapman, who has been
suffering from mental illness since the age of 7 and has been hospitalized twice for it. Due to the video she lost her job as a PR
spokesperson. She also had to change her number because of threatening phone calls and deleted
her social media accounts because of the harassment. 8. Paul Christoforo All of us have had bad customer experiences
at some point in our life. Some of us have even taken to the Internet to complain about
it. However, not many customer service incidents have led to the end of a company via Internet
shaming. The whole fiasco started when “Dave,”
a gamer with disabilities, ordered and paid for two N-Control Avenger PlayStation 3 controllers
in November 2011. The controller was directed at intense gamers and gamers with disabilities.
Dave emailed the company on December 12, 2012, politely asking for an update, because the
controller was supposed to be released in early December. Ocean Marketing, who was hired
on to handle the public relations on the delayed controller, replied with a date and the name
of owner/manager of Ocean Marketing, Paul Christoforo. No apology or explanation for
the delay was given. That date also happened to be incorrect and by the end of December,
Dave had yet to receive the controller. Throughout December, Dave emailed Christoforo, trying
to get updates on his now month-long delayed controller. Also, Dave had an issue that the
company was now offering the controller for $10 off if a customer bought now, but Dave,
who hadn’t yet received his controllers that he ordered six weeks ago wasn’t entitled
to that discount. When Dave pointed that out, the emails from Christoforo got snarky and
condescending. Christoforo told Dave to put on his “big boy hat” and to be patient. At this point, Dave started including websites
like Penny Arcade, Kotaku and other news outlets in the email exchange. Things got more and
more bizarre when Christoforo started cursing and name-dropping in the emails. That is when
Mike Krahulik, co-founder of the webcomic Penny Arcade, got involved. The whole thing
was posted on Penny Arcade and you can read the email chain here. Due to all the attention, Ocean Marketing’s
web site crashed. Christoforo had to close his Twitter account because of how much hate
messages he was getting. N-Control had their Amazon reviews tank. This led to N-Control
firing Christoforo, and because of the PR firestorm, he was having problems getting
work. Christoforo sued N-Control for defamation of character. He also begged Krahulik to take
pity on him and to call off the attack. 7. Adria Richards On March 17, 2013, developer evangelist Adria
Richards was attending PyCon 2013, which was a computer programming conference. Behind
Richards, who writes under the blog, two men were joking about “big dongles”
and “forking the repo.” After hearing the jokes, Richards turned around and took
a picture of the two men. She immediately tweeted the picture and wrote, “Not cool.
Jokes about forking repo’s in a sexual way and “big” dongles. Right behind me #pycon
[.]” The two men and Richards were pulled aside.
The men who made the joke quickly apologized. They admitted that the “big dongle” joke
was a sexual reference (a dongle is something that plugs into a computer, like a thumb drive),
but “forking the repo” wasn’t. It was a form of compliment; they were excited about
a presenter’s project and said, “I would fork that guys repo.” Nevertheless, one
of the men, who was never identified and worked at a mobile gaming company called GameHaven,
was fired. The other man kept his job. An interesting twist in this case was that
Richards, who was doing the shaming, was also fired from her job at SendGrid. While she
did have a right to call out the men for their sexism, public shaming was not the proper
way to do so. 6. Melissa King In 2013, 18-year-old Melissa King was crowned
Miss Teen Delaware. The winner of a state teen beauty pageant is an interesting side
note for a small circle of people. Definitely not fodder for news networks or anyone outside
of Delware or the beauty pageant circuit. But that all changed when it was revealed
that King was involved in a pornographic movie for an amateur pornography website. The story
appeared on international syndications, like CNN and Fox News, broadcasting that a girl
in a pageant that is owned by Donald Trump made an adult movie. King, who was put into foster care when she
was 12, grew up fairly poor. When she did pageants, she made money and with the website
she saw it as another opportunity to use her looks to get ahead financially. In the end, King had to give up her crown
and she was publicly humiliated on an international level. Critics pointed out how antiquated
the whole situation was; that a woman’s real value is purity. Once they have proof
a woman isn’t pure, then it is okay to ridicule and humiliate her. This idea is something
that American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne was critical about in The Scarlet Letter, which
was published in 1850. 5. Michael Brutsch One of the great things about the Internet
is that it has given the world the greatest amount of free speech and freedom of expression
ever known. People can usually say or do what they please on the Internet; even hate speech
isn’t off limits, especially if the author keeps his or her identity a secret. So while
many things aren’t illegal to post, critics ask, can something be so offensive that, as
human beings living in a civilized society, shouldn’t we just find some things inherently
This brings us to reddit forum moderator violentacrez (pronounced violent acres). Reddit is a popular
social network where user content can be voted up or down. The content appears in subcategories,
known as subreddits, and users can set up their own subreddits. There are currently
over 440,000 of these subreddits. Reddit is a great tool, it bills itself as
the front page of the Internet, but it also has a darker side to it. There are subreddits
that are just set up to be offensive and these were often moderated and even set up by violentacrez.
In these subreddits pretty much anything shocking and offensive was posted. Some of the low-lights
include posts and pictures involving incest, rape, gore, racism, dead children, and violence
against women. Some people hailed violentacrez as a free speech hero of reddit, but a lot
of people found him deplorable. Things got a bit too edgy for reddit in 2011
when a subreddit called Jailbait that violentacrez didn’t create but was a moderator for and
contributed hundreds of pictures to, was featured on Anderson Cooper 360. Anderson Cooper criticized
reddit and violentacrez for allowing the subreddit that featured underage girls in bikinis or
skirts. Reddit ended up closing the subreddit after the segment. After it was shut down
a writer with the website Gawker tracked down violentacrez in real life. In October 2012, in an exposé on Gawker,
violentacrez was outed as 49-year-old Michael Brutsch, who worked as a programmer at a Texas
financial services company. After Gawker exposed him, Brutsch went on Anderson Cooper 360 and
it was a disaster. Brutsch defended himself, saying he just used the forum to blow off
some steam and he wasn’t doing anything illegal. Nevertheless, he was fired from his
job. This was especially unfortunate for Brutsch’s disabled wife, who relied on his benefits. 4. Justine Sacco In December 2013, then 30-year-old Justine
Sacco was travelling from New York City to South Africa to meet family for the holidays.
Along her trip, Sacco, who was the senior director of corporate communications at an
American media and Internet company called IAC, composed three tweets for her 170 followers. As she was taking off from New York, she tweeted
“ ‘Weird German Dude: You’re in First Class. It’s 2014. Get some deodorant.’
– Inner monologue as I inhale BO. Thank God for pharmaceuticals.” Then when she
was on a layover in England, her tweet was “Chilly – cucumber sandwiches – bad
teeth. Back in London!” Finally, her last, and most offensive tweet was, “Going to
Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” She then turned off her phone. As Sacco boarded her plane, she wasn’t aware
that her tweet was going viral. By the time she landed, she was the number one trending
topic on Twitter. Tens of thousands of people responded to her tweet, a lot of them said
she should be fired from her job and some even threatened her with death. People also
realized that Sacco was not aware what was happening on Twitter and #HasJustineLandedYet
started trending. Someone even went to the airport and took a picture of the oblivious
Sacco as she arrived in South Africa. As soon she turned on her phone, she discovered how
bad things had gotten. IAC, who owns such websites as OkCupid,,
CollegeHumor and Vimeo, fired Sacco immediately. Her family in South Africa, who were strong
supporters of Nelson Mandela’s political party, told her that she nearly tarnished
the whole family. After being fired, Sacco volunteered for a
month in Ethiopia doing public relations work for an NGO. Afterwards, she went to work for
the website HotOrNot. She also says that she has had problems dating people, because people
always Google the person they plan on dating and Sacco’s name is synonymous with a racist
tweet. 3. Lindsey Stone Lindsey Stone and a co-worker, identified
only as Jamie, had been working for a company called Life (Living Independently Forever)
for 18 months and according to the director of the organization, they were good employees.
In October 2012, they were supervising a trip of a group of adults with learning disabilities
to Washington, D.C. One of the stops on their trip was Arlington National Cemetery. At the
Tomb of the Unknown Solider, in front of a sign that said “Arlington National Cemetery”
and “Silence and Respect,” Jamie took a picture of 30-year-old Stone pretending
to yell while she held up her middle finger. Jamie posted it to Facebook, and with Stone’s
permission, tagged her. At first, a few people said the picture was
distasteful and Jamie asked Stone if she should take it down. Stone told her not to, it was
part of their sense of humor. For example, they would take pictures of themselves loitering
in front of a “No Loitering Sign.” Besides, after a few days no one would even remember
it. But Stone was dead wrong. Four weeks later,
everything came crashing down when the picture went viral. 30,000 people liked a Facebook
page demanding she should be fired; another 3,000 signed a petition asking for the same
thing. There were death and rape threats. Stone was fired immediately after it went
viral, and she fell into a deep depression and didn’t leave her house for a year. She
said she sat at home and read every vile and nasty comment about herself. Finally, after
a dark year of depression and insomnia, she got a job caring for kids with autism, but
she lives in fear that the picture may come back to haunt her. 2. Steve Bartman It was game six of the 2003 National League
Championship. The Chicago Cubs were at home, facing the Florida Marlins in Wrigley Field.
It was the top of the eighth inning and the Cubs were leading 3-0 with one out. The Cubs
were also leading the series 3-2 and they hadn’t won the Pennant since 1945. Cubs’
pitcher Mark Prior, who had allowed only three hits all game, pitched the ball and it was
a hit that was heading down the left field foul line. There, a number of fans, along
with Cubs left fielder Moises Alou, tried to catch the ball. If Alou had caught the
ball, it would have meant that the Cubs would have been four outs away from playing in the
World Series for the first time in 58 years. Sitting in the front row was a 26-year-old
man wearing a green turtleneck and headphones over a Cubs hat named Steve Bartman. Like
the other fans in the area, Bartman reached out to catch the ball, but he was the only
one to deflect it, effectively making it a foul ball. At first, only Alou and people
in the immediate area were aware of what happened. Alou was furious because he felt he could
have caught the ball. The game continued on, the next pitch was wild and the runner on
base made it to third and the batter walked to first. From there, the Cubs completely
fell apart and allowed eight runs, losing 8-3. In Wrigley Field, there were no Jumbotrons
for replays, but the television broadcast showed the replay of Bartman over and over
again while the Cubs collapsed on the field. Fans watching at home called people who were
at the game and told them what happened. That’s when the chants of “a**hole” started.
Security had to escort Bartman to safety before the game even ended, while fans threw trash
at him and dumped beer on him. He eventually had to be snuck out of the stadium. By the
time the game ended, Bartman had been identified by people on the internet and his personal
information was posted on MLB message boards. The police needed to guard his house, out
of fear that someone would harm him or his family. The next day, Bartman apologized, but Cubs
fans were irate and things didn’t get better for them. The Cubs lost the next two games
to the Marlins. Bartman had to go into hiding and changed his phone number of few times
because of harassing phone calls from Cubs fans. In the ensuing years after people had time
to reflect on the Bartman incident, they realized that he had been treated as a scapegoat. Bartman
has tried to keep out of the spotlight; he still works at the same financial services
consulting firm he worked at during the time of the incident. He is still a Cubs fan, but
hasn’t been spotted back at Wrigley Field, despite being invited back as a VIP. The Cubs,
on the other hand, still haven’t made it to the World Series. 1. Monica Lewinsky When Monica Lewinsky was 21-years-old, she
became an unpaid intern with the office of the Chief of Staff. In November 1995, she
started a sexual affair with then-President Bill Clinton and was then hired on full time
in a paid position. In April 1996, she is transferred to the Pentagon because of “inappropriate
and immature behavior” and inattention to work. While working at the Pentagon, Lewinsky
met a government worker named Linda Tripp. Tripp recorded conversations with Lewinsky
in which she talks about her affair with President Clinton. Tripp took the tapes to Newsweek,
who planned on doing a piece on it. The affair first came to light on the Internet
gossip column, the Drudge Report, on January 19, 1998, saying Newsweek planned on doing
a story about the affair, but had delayed printing it. Just two days later, several
news organizations started reporting the affair and it all went downhill from there. Lewinsky
became one of the most famous women in the whole world. She was the talk of both mainstream
news organizations and tabloid magazines. She was the butt of many jokes on all the
late night shows. Lewinsky was ridiculed for two different things. The first was the decision
she made as a 21-year-old woman who was in awe of the most powerful man in the world.
She was also body shamed because of her appearance. After the scandal, the Clintons were able
to move on, but Lewinsky’s name was still a joke. She moved to London and around the
United States trying to find a job, but never landed one for very long because of her “history.”
She was suicidal and her mother feared that she might be shamed to death. Then in March 2015, Lewinsky gave a highly
regarded and popular TED Talk in which she said that she was patient zero for viral web
scandals. Lewinsky also said that “Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop.”

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100 thoughts on “Top 10 SHAMINGS of the Internet that RUINED People’s LIVES

  1. never show who you are in the net, troll incognito! !😃😂😂it's more fun ,drives virtue signaling idiots crazy. lol

  2. Tripps tapes were done without Monica knowing about it that made it a crime to publish them yet she got away with it because the Prosicuter who was a Republican was going after a Democrat and broke the law himself by using them. There is no fair justice in America anymore.

  3. People who join in public shaming have zero self awareness we have all said or done something that if it had been posted on the internet we would have the exact same treatment so have a little empathy and leave the social direction and well being of people to themselves and the people that THEY know and love (friends and family) if what they did was wrong they will hear about it plenty without the soulless internet bringing in the court of public opinion i.e insane mob.

  4. of course a company who owns CollegeHumor would fire someone for making a funny but off color joke, they can't have humor.

  5. Not saying porn is a good thing but to publicly blame a girl as a terrible person for doing it is extremely hypocritical. Who was the people watching her and knew it was her?

  6. Internet shaming is such a strange thing. Granted the woman who berated the Dunkin Donut's kinda had it coming. But did she really deserve to have her life ruined? Prob not.

  7. ya the 'aids in africa' one had a post-interview on why she said some of those things too that should be included.

  8. There's a reason public shaming is a Bloodsport. It's been a Bloodsport long before the internet and it will be a blood sport for well into the future. There is an old saying, do stupid things, win stupid prizes. Have a nice day.

  9. dongle one was stupid but that woman got so much disgusting racist and life threatening hate from the gaming community because of it. Just call her an idiot and move on.

  10. I can't believe you at all didn't put the entire blame on #7. She ruined the life of a guy that she was basically spying on.

  11. What about Aaron Schlossberg (attorney) who complained about workers speaking Spanish at a Mexican restaurant and threatened to call ICE on them. His Lawfirm took a dive

  12. Men making jokes about their own anatomy …sexist..women joking about vaginas..groundbreaking comedy..brave..uncompromising ..what a fkn bunch of cunts.

  13. Man, these comments. As if no one realizes how ironic it is. Think of every single dumb thing you have ever said or done and imagine it went viral. Some of us thankfully learned from our mistakes and changed but now once a picture is snapped you have no chance. Bullying is not ok, accept their apologies, and leave them alone. Simple.

  14. Wait wait wait…She was having problems with inappropriate behavior and poor work….


  15. JUSTINE SACCO'S LIFE WAS RUINED OVER A JOKE! 1. She lost her job 2. Was publicly humiliated on a global scale 3. can't hold a job because no one will touch her 4. Now suffers from immense anxiety and depression. This would be awful even if she was racist…but she's not. The tweet that has now become synonymous with bigotry was a joke. A poor joke? Maybe. But nevertheless, this woman was proclaimed guilty by the court of public opinion and sentenced to a ruined life. This is just not okay, and I feel like more people should know.

  16. 4:18 So lady records people without their permission, and ruins their lives =-=

    She deserved to lose her job.

  17. While I watch with growing concern the amount of vitriol and spite directed toward seemingly regular people, along with the often overreaching reactions to their infamy, my concern and sympathy goes out to those people who are singled out for nothing save an unpopular opinion or some minor slip of character. Have we as people reduced ourselves to this senseless inhumanity? If so, we don't deserve the world we live in, but rather some new Dark Age, or perhaps one of the dystopian futures so popular in books and movies now. What happened to just saying "feck it" and leaving someone to their karmic fate, be it real or imagined?

  18. Women have made snarkey sexual jokes in public for years and years and will continue for years and years what gives us the right to eavesdrop on others conversation that wasnt aimed at you that also wasn't overly crude and raunchy and try to shame those guys? Why is it okay for women and not okay for guys? Why ? Oh for attention is my guess cause really its suppose to be a free country and again wasnt directed towards her and not crude. All for attention when did we become so self righteous that we need to constantly nit pick and shame for the same behavior we ourselves are guilty of sometime or another

  19. OK, whoever is doing the subtitles for this channel and several others that I watch is adding all sorts of personal opinions that no one in the video is actually SAYING. I get that you have your opinion of the world, and maybe you feel like this is the only way of being "heard", the only way you think you get to effect the world. It is not, and you need to stop doing this. I am not arguing with what you are saying, but what you are doing. You are negatively impacting videos for those who actually need the subtitles to understand what is being said.

    Do you have opinions that you feel Youtube needs? Make your own video instead of hijacking others' work. This behavior is awful. If this is all randomly generated by the population then we really are in trouble…

  20. I just never understood all the crap that people gave Monica Lewinsky. She had an affair with the president United States. Oh wow like that’s never happened before. I think everyone did monica wrong. The flipside, is that she should not have talk to anyone about it.

  21. I know you don't know anything about baseball, but it wasn't a 'hit'. The ball was 'hit', but was a foul ball.

  22. I'm pretty damned sure Monica didn't start that affair……Yes, for sure the Clinton's moved on….another one bites the dust!!!

  23. Anyone who wears a green turtleneck in public is obviously a huge douchebag that needs to be outed regardless if he ruined the baseball game or not.

  24. In regards of Adria, the guys did nothing wrong. They made a private joke, and she took offence, she deserved to be fired because instead of being an adult and asking them to stop she publicly shamed it.

  25. Most of the people here deserved to be shamed but not all. #1 for example. She didn't do anything wrong.

  26. Am I supposed to feel bad for these jerks? Because I don't. She didn't have to quit college. She's a quitter and a dog poo litterer.

  27. You missed all the middle-aged white Trump women who get videoed calling the cops on ordinary black families doing ordinary things like washing their cars or firing up a barbecue grill. A lot of them got deservedly shamed on the internet.

  28. 3:46 – Does no one else see a problem with the (seemingly increased manner) in which the victims interpretation of a situation is valued over the accused?…

    First off, in no way am I condoning, nor saying there aren't, a disgusting number of sexists out there… my dad was one, and I called him out everytime I saw it. Doesn't seem to have helped that much (lol)

    What I am saying is… if the situation, was, exactly as stated here; i.e. a female overheard two males speaking in euphamisms. Provided they weren't directed at anyone there, nor anyone related to the situation… what the heck is the issue?… Context, and intention should take precedence over interpretation and feelings.

  29. Taylor Chapman died by suicide. She had mental health issues and had been doing drugs and had been awake for two days before the incident. Lesson here: don’t do drugs, get some sleep, and do not record yourself going off on a racist tirade then post it.

  30. Some people are real idiots. They put things on public forums and complain when they get a backlash.

  31. Adria Richards 100% deserved it on all counts.
    She wanted what happened to her, to happen to those guys, who were just making stupid jokes privately.

  32. The behavior of these persons was bad. However, why would persons be sending threatening messages to them? Isn't that bad behavior too? People are losing their Jobs here. These people need an opportunity to atone and move on.
    For those of your who make it a sport to shame, are you so squeaky clean?

  33. Other than the baseball guy, they all got what they deserved. Lewinski was incredibly stupid and something as simple as a name change would have helped her but she chose to continue being spotlighted. She’s been nearly completely forgotten until she started telling her story for money.

  34. We had a viral shaming incident with a plot twist in a small suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

    A mother of 2 kids was freaked out by a man taking photos of himself and some Star Wars bedsheets at the local Kmart while her children were near the display. So she took a photo of him and denounced him as a creep on her Facebook page. It went viral with massive hate as you might expect. The shamed guy was none-the-wiser until a friend saw the viral post and informed him the next day.

    So he went straight to the police to give his side of the story, revealing that he was in fact taking a photo of the display for his own kids. When this truth was revealed, ironically, it went viral with the pendulum swinging the ther way, and the mother ended up receiving a lot of hate for jumping to conclusions and condeming men. She even received threats despite being publicly apologetic.

    Karma was ferocious!

  35. Public shaming is the fairest type of punishment in existence. You are giving everyone true information and letting everyone hate that person. Much more logical then assuming you have the right or power to dole out a real punishment

  36. Jon Ronson did a whole chapter on #7 in his book "So You've Been Publicly Shamed". Very interesting.
    He did #4 as well. AND #3! I know where you're getting your material from! 🤪

  37. I'm mentally ill (schizoeffective) and would never treat anyone like the first lady did. There's truly no excuse for treating anyone so badly.

  38. What the man who filmed himself and Chick filet, not sure I spelt it right, being rude to an employee as the company was anti gays and was protesting. He got fired and the last time I saw anything about it he couldn't get a job because he was too notorious and was in food stamps.

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