Angry Internet Mob Attacks The Wrong Andrew Meyer

Angry Internet Mob Attacks The Wrong Andrew Meyer

Who would have thought an angry mob could go wrong?

 

I first heard about this story on The Consumerist earlier this week. Some guy named Andrew Meyer bought $28.38 worth of lunch at Seattle's Bimbo's Cantina restaurant. Instead of leaving a tip, this jerk wrote "P.S. you could stand to loose [sic] a few pounds."
 
Terible, right? Welcome to life in the service industry. Complete strangers insult you and stiff you for a tip. Plus, what gives Andrew Meyer the right to tell anyone to lose a few pounds? But hey, that's what it means to be female: everyone else feels like they have a right - nay, an obligation - to comment on your appearance.
 
But when I heard that the waitress, Victoria Liss, was going to post this on Facebook and reveal the client's real name I thought "That will end in tears." And lo, I was correct, because the angry internet mob has found the wrong Andrew Meyer and made his life a living Hell.

 
For the record, there are a lot of people with the same name. There are even a lot of famous guys named Andrew Meyer. One of them is the infamous "Don't Taze me, bro!" guy. So there's a lesson in here for all of us: when you incite an angry mob, make sure you're pointing it in the right direction.
 
Somehow, everyone latched onto some poor guy named Andrew Meyer who lives in Texas. He has been flooded with hate mail. Even so, it turns out that he's a pretty nice guy. He sent Liss a 100% tip for the bill, to cover the misdeeds of the other Andrew Meyer. Obviously The Innocent Andrew Meyer is enough of a gentleman that he doesn't want to see the good name "Andrew Meyer" besmirched.
 
You might think this would be just another case of "Oh that's a story I can laugh at now," just another anecdote for The Innocent Andrew Meyer to tell at parties. Except that The Innocent Andrew Meyer works in the club and restaurant industry, and has ties to Seattle. 
 
According to an interview in the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog (which broke the initial story, stoked the fires, and is now apologizing), The Innocent Andrew Meyer used to manage a Seattle-area Cheesecake Factory, before moving to Texas three years ago. And now he's on the news, and archived in Google searches until the end of time. This is the kind of incident which could literally destroy the career of a completely innocent person.
 
Just remember, kids: it's all fun and games until one of the villagers' pitchforks puts someone's eye out.
 
(Meanwhile, The Guilty Andrew Meyer remains at large!)