Crazy Man Drives 1,300 Miles to Burn Down a Dude's Trailer Because of an Online Feud

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Here's a friendly reminder: Don't screw with people on the internet, as they aren't all pasty, spineless nerds. Just most of them. If you're unlucky, you'll be like John G. Anderson. He had his trailer burned down after he called Russell Tavares a nerd online.

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Apparently, the line was really drawn when "Anderson called him a nerd and posted a digitally altered photo making Tavares look like a skinny boy in high-water pants, holding a gun and a laptop under a 'Revenge of the Nerds' sign." Holy crap, I hope Greg Packer doesn't have that kind of temper.

Tavares apparently really, really hates being called a nerd, as he drove 1,300 miles from Virginia to Texas, snapping pictures at each state line and posting them online to prove that he was insane and on his way. Even after he was sentenced to seven years in prison, he wouldn't let the flame war (pardon the pun) go.

Tavares would not let the feud go even at his sentencing. According to Pack, Tavares took cellphone photos of Anderson in the courtroom while the judge was hearing another case. Authorities ordered the photos erased.

Just be nice online, people! If you really need to be a jerk, do it in person so at least you'll know who you're up against. [Yahoo]

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@robinandtami: No, he actually lit the fire and did $50,000 worth of damage. The guy in the trailer is almost 60 and was inside at the time. He suffered smoke inhalation, according to the article.