a thief among us. #plagiarism

wtfYes, I keep a stock image handy for occasions such as this…

Dear Thieving Wanker,

Seriously… what the fuck?

If you want to share a post of mine, the proper and polite thing to do is to ask if I mind if you reblog it. But even if you don’t ask first, at least use Reblog… or Press This.

DO NOT—under any circumstances—copy and paste my words and pass them off as your own.

What you stole from me wasn’t even a poem or anything like that where you wanted to pass off my creativity and talent as your own. It was a personal post! One where I was saying a heartfelt thank you to my friends… It doesn’t even make sense for you to take that as your own.

The “Thank you [list of specific names]” line was removed. The first sentence, “I have been overwhelmed by love, kindness and support over the last few days,” had the word days changed to months. Other than that, the post was identical to mine. WTF?

When things like this happen (and this isn’t the only time it’s happened to me), I lose a little more faith in humanity… and I question whether I should continue posting my personal feelings. Or anything else at all.

Thankfully, when I asked, you removed the post. But this really pissed me off. Hell, you even got a comment on the post and replied to it as though the words, thoughts, and feelings were your own! How can you steal someone’s emotions? Someone’s honest feelings? Maybe the better question is, why would you want to steal my emotions? They are generally unpleasant.

Of course, before you removed the post, I was so angry that not only did I comment asking that the post be taken down, but I also sent an email… and I notified WP. I guess I could have waited to see if the post was removed first. But I was really mad.

Kindly do not do it again. And do not do it to anyone else.

Have a nice day.


p.s. – Is this ↓ big enough?

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About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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64 Responses to a thief among us. #plagiarism

  1. jrvincente says:

    What the heck is wrong with people?!

    At least it was taken down. :/

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hunida says:

    What the hell?! I’m glad she took it down and you reported it to WP!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wholly crap, I can’t believe that happened. I’m so happy you reported it, and that your post was removed. People should be more respectful.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Marquessa says:

    Totally disrespectful. I left him a little comment…and I hope that he sees this post so that he thinks twice. Because if he did that to me…well, you kbow what I would do.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Mel Gutiér says:

    I’m sorry to hear about this. That worries me too. People need to be more respectful.

    HUGS! 💕💕💕

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Bartek D says:

    I love the first line haha, sorry it happens to you, but it seems you show them not to f**k with you so keep it up. Very nice posts.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Meg says:

    For real?!? That’s not just rotten, it’s lame because did this person really think no one would notice?

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Tony Burgess says:

    I am not a huge fan of reblogging because it seems to be a lazy way to add content to ones blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. gigglingfattie says:

    Oh wow! Im glad you found out about it!! Sone people!!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. That’s a little bizarre. Did you get an answer to “Why?”? 😒

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  11. That is bizarre! There is stealing, I just recently brought to the attention of a very popular blogger that she had taken credit for a quote of Winston Churchill’s. She says, O, sorry, and took it down.

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  12. Yep, that happened to me about a year ago. Fuckers. Thankfully I was alerted to it, however since then I still wonder how much of the crap I write is out there with some other bastards name at the top of it. Fuckers.

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    • I wonder the same thing. I doubt I catch them all. Should I be googling quotes from all my posts on a regular basis?? That’s nuts!

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      • I did that not long after I discovered that someone had ripped off my work. What I found spun me out a little bit, from the perspective of how easy it was to access anything I had produced/published, years worth, that had at one time or another featured on different social media sites, or in magazines, newspapers etc. And more importantly, how easy it was to cut and paste them to anything I chose. As a result, I don’t put anything onto my blog that I can’t afford to lose, which is generally quite a bit. Anyway, that’s my two cents, and I hope it has all been sorted without an issue. Stay groovy, N.

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  13. manyofus1980 says:

    thats fucking awful sandra! Im sorry that someone did this to you! stinks! glad you spoke up about it. xo

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Perhaps you might choose to treat it us something of a compliment. Your words are admired – they have value. They are worth stealing. Nobody seems interested in stealing any of my stuff, sadly.

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  15. The V Pub says:

    Scoundrel! Why would he do that on such a personal post? Perhaps he sees that your blog has a lot of followers and he’s trying to capture that? What escapes this person is that the post was relevant because it was about YOU.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Some people just want to take from others, I guess. I’m surprised every day that I have as many followers as I do since I’m generally a mess. But I got here by being myself. I don’t think being me will work for anyone else…

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  16. Crazy. And it’s not even flattering, it’s just wrong for someone to do that without crediting you. That one is kind of hard to understand. And kind of pathetic…

    Liked by 1 person

  17. calmkate says:

    ouch, that would imply the thief is devoid of emotion to do something so calculated and wrong … keep posting Sandra, don’t let them get to you … thank heavens you spotted it!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Wow! I am dumbfounded. Good for you but all the same I am sorry you’ve had to deal with this (and not just once!)

    Liked by 1 person

  19. I think this happened to me earlier. I blog I follow “linked” a post of mine to his own site—and only part of the first paragraph ended up going through—but they failed to identify either my site or myself as the author of the piece. I wrote a comment asking them to identify me but it went into moderation queue. So far it has not been approved or denied

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  20. Catherine says:

    Well done you, for speaking out. I haven’t had anyone steal my work (that I know of), but I am aware of bloggers who are very clearly copying and pasting their posts from other sources. They also seem to have an inordinately large number of followers who “like” these bullsh*t posts. Plagiarism + fake followers. Shameless.

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  21. For fucks sake what is wrong with people? Come on!!! Sorry this happened to you. Not sure if it’s a compliment that this person stole your personal thoughts but they should be seriously ashamed. Period.

    Liked by 1 person

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