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Threatening comments on the P-G Letters site

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ajbooth

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Jul 24 2013 at 4:49pm #

I reported John Strahs to the P-G Social Media department, and they’ve hidden his comments threatening to door cyclists, and to “loosen a few stems.” They said they will monitor the comments and will block him and follow up with the authorities if the threats continue.

One asshat at a time…


salty

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Jul 24 2013 at 4:59pm #

FWIW, I know there was some debate about whether he was real… my crack detective work (which consisted of clicking 4 or 5 times on his FB page) suggests his real name is “Strahsmeier” – maybe http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-strahsmeier/46/32b/2a2


salty

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Jul 24 2013 at 5:01pm #

Also I don’t understand the comment ranking algorithm, why do his comments end up near the top? Is it due to so many people responding to his idiocy?


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 24 2013 at 7:46pm #

I saw the door threat post, and responded by quoting the law (Sec. 3705), adding a line that he could kill someone by doing that.


Mikhail

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Jul 24 2013 at 9:19pm #

ajbooth wrote:I reported John Strahs to the P-G Social Media department, and they’ve hidden his comments threatening to door cyclists, and to “loosen a few stems.” They said they will monitor the comments and will block him and follow up with the authorities if the threats continue.

One asshat at a time…

Probably you should take it to Facebook also since all comments are made through them.


Drewbacca

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Jul 25 2013 at 12:04am #

the fun thing about facebook is that if enough people report an account as a fake, they will automatically ban the account without review… it takes faxing facebook a copy of your identification to undo. ;)

Sadly(?), the reason that I can’t see/read the comments is due to having facebook-connect blocked on all of my browsers. The only visible comments are the ones posted by fb friends which show up in my feed.


mlinwood25

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Jul 25 2013 at 7:38am #

Yeah, his name is Strahsmeier (not Strahs) and he lives in Rochester. 58 years old. I posted the same yesterday and it got removed, probably when they cleaned up his comments.


RustyRed

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Jul 25 2013 at 12:32pm #

salty wrote:Also I don’t understand the comment ranking algorithm, why do his comments end up near the top? Is it due to so many people responding to his idiocy?

It looks chronological to me, the first comments are at the top… and the crackpots wake up early.


Erica

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Jul 25 2013 at 2:47pm #

the fun thing about facebook is that if enough people report an account as a fake, they will automatically ban the account without review… it takes faxing facebook a copy of your identification to undo. ;)

I think I might report him as fake, see what happens.


J.Str.

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Jul 25 2013 at 3:09pm #

His Linked in is really professional. Says he went to LaRoach College. Must be a smarty.


Mikhail

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Jul 25 2013 at 4:36pm #

J.Str. wrote:His Linked in is really professional. Says he went to LaRoach College. Must be a smarty.

AFAIK he mentioned that he has masters (6 years).


Ahlir

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Jul 25 2013 at 5:25pm #

Strahsmeier went to LaRoach College? I thought that was just a motel. Maybe he meant LaRoche? I sympathize, life can be confusing for some of us…


buffalo buffalo

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Jul 25 2013 at 5:35pm #

RustyRed wrote:

salty wrote:Also I don’t understand the comment ranking algorithm, why do his comments end up near the top? Is it due to so many people responding to his idiocy?

It looks chronological to me, the first comments are at the top… and the crackpots wake up early.

Sometimes they sort by “social ranking”, which I think means by number of likes and responses. You can choose to sort chronologically, though, and for me at least this seems to be the default.


mjacobPGH

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Aug 4 2013 at 11:11am #

Today he threatened essentially to kill me. He said that he would “pull me over” and he also said that if I feel like I am equal to him on the road that he challenges me to a “head-on collision with his car” and to see how equal I feel “mangled in his rear tires.” Somehow, the ability of your car being able to kill a person makes one tougher… utter stupidity. Unfortunately, I didn’t do a screen grab and it was deleted. Most drivers seem to have one issue such as impatience, entitlement, anger, ignorance, and the list could go on. This guy apparently has them all. Although, I seriously question how often he even has to interact with bikers.


helen s

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Aug 4 2013 at 12:02pm #

Mjacob- My $.02- point out his comments to both the PG and to local law enforcement authorities. I do realize these are posted anonymously, but the PG should at least do something. And if you are found mangled in someones rear tires, they left a paper trail which was pointed out in advance.

I believe that if this were Florida, you might be justified by defending yourself at this point by using a weapon.


mjacobPGH

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Aug 4 2013 at 12:11pm #

The PG must be well-aware of it because his comment was almost immediately removed along with my follow up comment which just stated that he had threatened to hit me with his car(so it wasn’t deleted by him). I’ll consider the report to law enforcement although I’m not sure what good it would do since the comment has been removed. The guy is just a buffoon with nothing better to do. He knows he’s wrong because he is unwilling to listen to any reason so he just keeps plugging away with his unfounded and unture beliefs. My favorite quote is that he has never once seen a biker stop at a stop sign or signal in his 30 years of driving or that bikers increase overall healthcare costs which is backwards on so many levels it’s mind-boggling.


mjacobPGH

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Aug 9 2013 at 5:33pm #

It appears he has been banned following his threatening comment.


Mick

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Aug 9 2013 at 5:38pm #

Ahlir wrote:LaRoach College? I thought that was just a motel.

It’s true he didn’t stay there very long.

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