Dear Tell All: This is in regard to the guy who amuses himself by engaging in romantic chats on Omegle.com in the persona of a 32-year-old woman named "Susan" ("I'm a Fake Online Girlfriend," 1/31/2013). Getting one's amusement from anonymous cruelty to other people is beyond reprehensible. You're a heartless, self-absorbed coward, probably spending so much time at your computer because no sentient female would want anything to do with you.
No doubt many of the people you chat with are jerks, just like you. But there are hopeful folks out there who are sincerely trying to find friendship, possibly more. And despite your trying to "let the guys down gently," there are people who are disappointed, hurt and angry. But what the hell do you care?
You excuse your behavior by "not taking it to the next level." Here's a newsflash: You crossed the border into immorality long ago. My reaction is far beyond Tell All's "ewww." But what I'd really like to call you probably wouldn't be printable here.
A Real Person
Dear Tell All: I'm writing in response to Mr. Clean, who asked for advice about dealing with his insufferable roommate ("I Live with a Fat, Lazy Pig," 1/25/2013). Mr. Clean says this roommate from hell does nothing but lie in front of the TV while leaving dirty dishes in the sink and trash all over the apartment. You suggested that he devise a complicated strategy for keeping her away from the apartment.
I have a better idea: How about manning up? Mr. Clean says that "the sight of her slumped on the couch irritates me so much that I spend most of my time at home in my area of the apartment." Instead of hiding out, you should simply confront her. Lay down the law. Say that "this behavior is not acceptable," and keep on her ass until she changes.
I've roomed with slobs, and believe me, you don't have to live with their mess. But if you're a coward about it, you'll be doomed to dirty dishes in the sink until you two part ways.
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