The poor woman — whom I will refer to as S. — is being very polite, but clearly desperate to get her name off the missing lists. She asked for my help and I decided to give it, since she was being nice.
I discovered that Brian of Brian’s Dreams — a self-proclaimed psychic who’s copied a lot of my website onto his own, though to be fair he does include a link at the bottom — was the one who had S. listed as missing. I tried to find Brian’s contact info and discovered — as near as I can tell — that you had to become a member of the site to get that information. And this costs $50.
I didn’t want to pay $50 and I didn’t think S. did either, so I looked up Brian’s domain registration and found a phone number. The woman who answered said she knew him. I told her about S.’s problem and she laughed and said “she needs to get over herself.”
I was a bit shocked. I don’t think S. should be blamed for getting upset that she’s listed as a missing person when she isn’t one. I said that. The woman said that, in any case, there was nothing she could do to help. Brian, she says, is in the hospital and nobody can update the site but him. Could she pass on a message? I asked. Well, yes, but it’s not going to do any good, because not even Brian’s wife knows how to update the site in his absence. Finally I said goodbye, wrote to S. and sent her the woman’s phone number. It’s really all I can do. I feel bad for her.
Why does this always happen to me?
I HATE THAT BRIAN PERSON. He’s copied my casefiles word for word (which really isn’t cool, even if he does put a link in) and he charges money for “psychic readings” and more money just for his stupid email address. *headdesk*
Good luck, S. I think you may have to struggle a bit more.
(Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I have some contingency plans in case I am not around to update my website. Got a friend who knows the password and can make alterations for me if I die or something.)