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One Last Paul Christoforo Post

Posted in News with tags , , , , on December 29, 2011 by thedavewsc

Bar anything ridiculous happening, I will stop with the posts about the Ocean Marketing story now.

I’m posting this to show you two links. One is one I tried to find when posting my original story, in which we find out Paul has been a douche for a long time. This is by no means his first step into the terrible customer service business, and these two instances are no doubt not the only two.

The other link I wanted to show you came from another blog which I have now lost the link to, which is a police report showing that Mr. Christoforo has been involved in a domestic abuse case. How neat is that? What’s worse than insulting customers? Beating women.

Any part of me that didn’t hate the person Paul is so much as his antics has now gone away.

More With Paul Christoforo (Ocean Marketing)

Posted in News on December 28, 2011 by thedavewsc

MSNBC has just put up an article about the incident.

If you’re like me and don’t really want to read what weaselly things Christoforo has to say for as long as he said them in the real article, here are some excerpts:

“I didn’t know who that guy at Penny Arcade was,” he admitted. “If I had known, I would have treated the situation a little better.” – So, if he had known he was dealing with someone so much in the public eye, he wouldn’t have been as douchebaggy. Not helping his cause.

“Not that I don’t have respect for anybody, but if someone’s badmouthing me or being a little punk or being a jerk, they don’t deserve respect.” – Yeah, a person whose money you took for a product you haven’t given them honestly asking where their product is and when they can expect it is suuuuch a jerk move! What a dick that guy was! (Not.)

“I don’t know the mayor of Boston,” he admitted. “That was taken totally out of context, I was just joking around.” – So, lying.

“Am I saying I care more about my reputation than money? Yes.” – …Because you think that will lead to more money down the road.

“If these people stick with me and follow me, a couple months down the road anything I say is news.” – If he thinks it’s positive, stop changing twitter names. It’s currently, as of writing this, @OceanDeepSea, by the way, which is the first of his Twitter names he managed to spell correctly.

In fairness not to Paul but to his family, here’s an important quote:

“My son’s two months old … that’s uncalled for, you don’t bring him into this situation.” – Agreed. Threats to his wife and child (and really, even threats to him) are uncalled for. Threats make you as bad as or worse than him. Just call him an idiot and move on. Maybe call him an idiot several times, whatever. Threats make us all look bad, though, especially ones against innocent people like his wife and two year-old son.

Basically what we take away from this article is what we take away from the ‘apology’ e-mails he sent Mike from Penny Arcade; he’s sorry someone with the power to get the word out there caught him.

The Ocean Marketing/Marketting/Stratagy Debacle Condensed

Posted in News with tags , , , on December 27, 2011 by thedavewsc

Hello everyone! I’ve decided to start a blog, we’ll see where it leads me.

Today’s episode features a villain, a hero, and their tale.

It all began with an e-mail sent by a customer wondering where the product he’d paid for was (his credit card was charged prior to his product being shipped, in fact). This e-mail quickly snowballed into a mudslinging adventure (click for transcript) by our featured villain. Along the way, Mike Krahulik, better known to most as Penny-Arcade’s Gabe, became involved thanks to the cutomer. Mike posted the whole transcript, and before heading to bed that night, the last thing he read was that he could expect legal action. Neat.

The next day, he received something that seemed to be a plea for help, and then what was almost but not quite an apology. In Gabe’s own words, it’s easy to apologise when you’ve been caught.

In doing some research, we find Paul pretending to be other people to defend his own name (and possibly having roid rage), his original Twitter account being abandoned, a Myspace account with the moniker ‘The Angry Pimp’, a new Twitter account (also spelled incorrectly), and so on.

Many of his “connections” have denounced him as well.

Let this be a lesson to anyone considering a career in “social media marketing”: Don’t be a douchebag. Especially not to gamers. We have a lot of free time and know how to use the internet to make you look like an idiot (especially when you help us prove that).