I decided to be really vain yesterday and gooled myself. Now most of us have done this as some point and I'm sure a lot of you got that ridiculous site or maybe even two or more that claims to have arrest records for you. Just click on their site to get all the dirt.
Well yesterday I got curious. I clicked on one of those damn sites.
Now if any of you have ever clicked on one of those damn things you just get the little message pay money and we will give you the dirt. There's nothing there but your name, yes I've done it before. Hey, I never said it was the first time I displayed any signs of vanity.
Yesterday when I clicked on this sight I nearly blew a blood vessel. There at the top of the page in big bold letters was '2 ARREST RECORDS FOR CATHY PACE MATTHEWS'. Below this of course was pay money to see records, now ready for this, was my picture from facebook. My picture with the declaration of two arrest records in big bold letters above my name. Are you f'n kidding me?
So, me not begin the type to let this stand, I decided to call this harbinger of lies and confront them.
What happens? I'm met with a short list of options that none of which included an option for what I needed which was someone to rip a new one. They had one for billing inquires, tech support, if you were a news agency wanting to sign up, and one for testimonials from people they had helped but only to leave a recorded message. I chose the news thing and that two was leave your name and agency and they would call you back. I tried punching '0' but that only got me back to that ridiculous list. I hung up.
I thought about this a few moments and decided to call back. I figured that if they were listing something regarding getting paid you would get a live body. I did and fairly quickly. Go figure right.
I get this rather pleasant voiced young man and when I told him what I wanted he started with the bull shit. Well he starts with, this is public information and freedom of speech garbage and I stopped him cold. "Listen son it's only freedom of speech if it's true and I don't have even one arrest record little on two." Then he starts trying to blame Google for the information and then it was well there is probably another Cathy Pace Matthews out there who has been arrested, blah blah blah.
I proceeded to tell this pleasant voiced young man, are you catching on to my sarcasm at this point, that there might be another Cathy Pace Matthews out there but it isn't her, or maybe even a his, picture under that defamatory declaration but mine. I gave him two options, one was he could find a way to take care of it or I could get my attorney to handle it.
Now during this conversation there was a hell of a lot more ridiculous crap that would only draw this out and make it tedious for all of us but basically we ended with him telling me that this would be handled and should be removed within 48 hours. Do I believe that? No, but I will give them that long and then if not I guess I will have to take legal actions but damn people.
My husband was cute about the whole thing. Was he calm, reasonable, and understanding? Hell no. He wants to take this all the way to the supreme court. He wants to take this all the way, HE WANTS TO DECLARE WAR on all these companies who pull this crap. He wants to make this a quest. My prince and knight in shining armor wants to battle the dark knight and take on the monster of mayhem and slay it. He's so cute.
Anyway people Google yourselves and check to see if you run into the same thing. Get it removed if you can. people do need to stop this because all it takes is for one person to see this and take it to some place you don't want it to go.