In these disheartening times, it’s especially important for women to stick together, particularly where philandering and untrustworthy men are concerned.
Which is, perhaps, why one woman felt the need to come forward and publicly drag a random man for bragging about cheating on his girlfriend — and why Twitter became subsequently obsessed with tracking down the identity of this cretin.
It all began when Twitter user Emily was sitting on a Bournemouth-Manchester train and happened to overhear a guy named Ben boasting to his friends about cheating on his girlfriend. As a sort of mini-PSA, Emily decided to tweet about the guy, recommending that his girlfriend (whoever she is) dump him immediately.
Twitter immediately began an attempt to track down the Ben in question. Several British Bens were confronted, but plead their innocence.
Many people felt like the cheating Ben was besmirching the good names of the non-cheating Bens.
Others thought the whole thing was somewhat invasive, and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
Then again, if a guy is bragging about messing around on his girlfriend, doesn’t he deserve some sort of comeuppance?
Emily has since made her Twitter page private, due to some of the negative comments she’s received, but she corroborated her story to BBC.
“It was a fairly empty carriage and there was a group of boys talking and drinking and swearing as lads do, and they were going through girls’ Facebook profiles,” she told BBC.
She says that people have been persistent in trying to track down this anonymous Ben. “It’s been crazy – I’ve received so many comments from people supporting me and you get the usual trolls trying to bring you down … I’ve had a few people sending me pictures saying ‘does he look like this?’, ‘what does he look like?’ but there’s no sign yet.”
The last tweet Emily supposedly left on her public account apparently confirmed that the conniving Ben was still at large:
For everyone asking: Ben is yet to be found, I’ve had several messages but nothing yet. I’m now on the Manchester – Bournemouth train and no sign yet… thanks to everyone calling me a grass and a snake, you’re all great X
The whole thing might seem slightly far-fetched, particularly when it sounds so similar to doxxing. That said, if a guy boasts about cheating, doesn’t his girlfriend at least deserve to have all of the information and make any subsequent decisions for herself?
My guess is, if he’s the type to brag about it to his friends, there are already several red flags in that relationship.
Who knows what will come of this amateur sleuthing, but, in the meantime, I’d recommend that all Bens be on their best behavior.