Royal Mail successfully intercepted a letter bomb intended for Celtic manager Neil Lennon earlier this week, an incident that provoked predictable disgust over the Celtic/Rangers rivalry. Not everyone opted for a lengthy editorial, however, as the 140 character limit imposed by Twitter proved more than enough room for one alleged prankster , as the Scotsman’s Alan McEwen explains :
Jim Hardie, 46, said his life had been an “absolute nightmare” for the last four days after a sick joke by one of his son’s friends.
Mr Hardie told today how he had decided to leave his home in Penicuik, and travel to the north of Scotland for a few days after saying the “hellish” ordeal had left him feeling “sick”.
His son James’ iPhone was taken by a friend who posted a message on the teenager’s Twitter account reading “to the absolute legend for trying to kill Neil Lennon <3”. The symbol represents a heart.
But the Twitter feed was somehow posted up on Mr Hardie’s business site, which contains his home and mobile phone numbers, as well as his family’s address.
Mr Hardie said he had received around a dozen e-mails stating, “We know where you live”, and “Don’t go to sleep”, along with nearly 30 phone calls and texts.
He said: “It’s just been hellish. I’ve been looking over my shoulder and wondering what is going to happen next. It’s left me afraid to answer the phone.”
At the risk of making light of a serious subject, at least we know Kurt Angle isn’t the only person who mysteriously has Twitter messages appear under his own name.