Over at the Philippine blogosphere, a certain John Candare has been labeled as a “serial cat killer” with his post on his Multiply site (in the PH, Multiply is one of the more popular social networks in conjunction with Facebook and Friendster). The original post was deleted, but for posterity’s sake, Rico from Technogra has found the cached version:
… On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It’s an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa (I don’t know why but whenever I try to stop myself, I really can’t because I get a kick out of doing these things to cats). I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it’s torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn’t die, well not yet. It ran for it’s life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: “Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!” (Can you just leave the cat alone?). It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there’s always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that’s what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain (we just went back to do whatever we needed to do). Then Tracy and Mel told me ” Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa” (Hey JC, I think you just killed the cat). Hours later, habang abala sa XRD, a guy came in. Tanong niya: “Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?” (Who killed the cat??) Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn’t see it die pero sabi ni Myles it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn’t realize I gave it a fatal hit. This isn’t the first time I’ve killed a cat but this time it’s different. It didn’t occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it. Well it’s very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it’s life. So there you go I’m sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it(a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That’s how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer?
The Philippines is an Asian country with a strong online community. Despite having more than 7,000 islands, most of the action happens in the capital of Manila where the biggest penetration of Internet users are. Actual meet ups are fairly common so there is always some sort of offline fulfillment from the blogs and forums. What makes this even more interesting is that Manila is very small — someone is always another friend’s family member or relative so it’s a pretty tight community. So here’s a situation where your online rep can really affect your close friends. His classmates, family and friends will all know.
Can your online reputation serve as an intervention? Maybe in this case it was.
Nota Bene: Bloggers have been posting photos from LOLCats to try to lighten up the situation. The guy did apologize, and hopefully this will teach him a lesson to be nicer to cats.