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Telegram Reporter Who Blatantly Copied Our Best Cut Through Streets Blog Just Blocked Turtleboy On Twitter Machine

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So today was obviously an interesting day for Turtleboy Sports. The Telegram and Gazette just sent a boatload of new readers our way, and we’d like to thank Clive McFarlane for that. But on a different note, this morning I got a Twitter notification that one of the Telegram’s newest reporters, Sam Allen, was jumping on the Clive bandwagon by tweeting out his story like it actually meant something:

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Now here’s the thing with this young lady. She’s new so I kind of feel bad for her. Right out of college, first job, trying to make a name for herself. Well she started following us on Twitter a couple months back. I had no idea who she was, but since she worked for the “newspaper” I followed her back.

I thought we were cool Sam.

Well you may recall that on January 6, 2015, we published one of our most viewed blogs we’ve ever written called, “Worcester’s Top 15 Cut Through Streets For 2015.” Generally whenever we drive around and take pictures of crap in Worcester people wanna read about it. Notice the date the blog was published:

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Januray 6, 2015.

So she started posting on our Facebook page and asking people if they wanted to share their favorite shortcuts with her, directly underneath our posted article about that same exact topic. It wasn’t a good look for the Telegram. We felt bad for her so we took it down.

Then a couple days later Turtleboy had a million notifications on Facebook because of this:

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January 11, 2015. That topic sounds familiar. Weird.

Well Sami Sweetheart was the author behind it. Because apparently no one at the Telegram told her this was a bad idea to publish five days after we published the exact same thing. The comments people were leaving on the article on the Telegram’s Facebook page were classic:

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It wouldn’t have been as bad if she didn’t blatantly use the same exact shortcuts we outlined in our list. Here’s what we wrote first:

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Then she wrote this five days later:

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Sounds familiar.

Now she claims it was her idea first because she “crowd-sourced” it on Facebook. Whatever that means. I “crowd-sourced” this when one of my friend’s wives told me she’d like to read a story about it. I told her it was gold. She was right.

Regardless. When someone publishes an original article on such a specific topic, it doesn’t matter if you “crowd-sourced” it first. You look like a dingleberry if you write the exact same story five days later. Complete rookie move on her part. Now I didn’t complain to her or anything like that, because like I said she seemed like a nice person. Honest rookie mistake.

I thought we were cool. Until today. After I saw she was jumping on the Jive-Clive train I went to go check out her Twitter and found this:

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What is it with people blocking us on the Twitter machine? Look, we’ve had to block some people before. Almost all of them are from upstate New York though. Some are hippies. I believe in free speech and don’t mind getting into a debate here and there, but if you’re just wasting my time with the same shit over and over again you become a nuisance. That’s why you have the block feature on Twitter.

But what’s the point of blocking someone who literally never even attempts to contact you? Like, you couldn’t possibly be more irrelevant to Turtleboy. If anything we should be blocking you. It’s gotta be a status thing right? Like, “I’m above Turtleboy.” Newsflash – you work for the Telegram. You’re not above anything. And blocking Turtleboy Sports isn’t a wise move on your part, since the newspaper you work for mainly gets their news from us. See last week’s assault on a North High principal for more details.

So yea, I was nice to you girl!! I thought we were cool. What happened? You’re new here so I don’t think you get Worcester. I’ll give you a hint though. Turtleboy Sports is the future. Clive McFarlane is the ghost of journalism past. He works for a dying industry and he’s really, really bad at his job. If you’re gonna make it in this town I suggest you hop off the Jive-Clive train and come ride the turtle some more.

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20 Comment(s)
  • Jen
    March 5, 2015 at 6:34 am

    This journalist who blatantly stole a story from someone who is quite a popular read sealed her own fate, Harold. I’m sure she is well aware that what she had done was pretty much a journalistic no-no. Good thing she blocked turtleboy. It will lessen the likelihood that she will “crowd source” again.

    • Harold
      March 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      I’m not talking nor do I give a shit about the telegram columnist who ripped off the riveting Worcester shortcuts piece. Worcester is one big shortcut as it is. An afterthought, at best.

    • JayC
      March 5, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Oh another fine example of how the millennial generation in action, using the term “crowd sourcing” as an excuse for plagiarizing someone else’s work which was very detailed and you even commented on.

      As bad as Clive is at least writing fiction he just makes stuff up and doesn’t search or I mean crowd source for others info/ideas to pass off as his own.

      • Scott Zolack
        March 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm

        TB is lying you know. Search Twitter. She said she was writing the story several times before his came out.

        • Finnish Goalie
          March 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

          Regardless of your claim, the blog produced a story with greater detail and humor, and it was quicker to the punch.

          No one can patent an idea of a story of road shortcuts, so first come first served. What was stopping her? Perhaps the T&G will have to accelerate its timeline.

  • Tutrtlefan732
    March 4, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    As an a person that reads blogs by an “ass clown cock sucker”-Harold (2015) don’t you have to give credit to people who you take info from or isn’t that plagiarism …

    • Harold
      March 4, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      So that justified attempting to ruin her life ? I specifically remember the blog stating in follow ups to her video that she should be wished good luck in trying to search for a job because any time a prospective employer googled her, they’d find turtleboy bashing her and her prospects would dissolve. How mature and noble that is.

      The fact people defend this blog blows my mind and dissolves any faith I have in human culture today. This blog represents all that is wrong with today’s society and the number of people faithfully and blindly following it is the perfect compliment.

      • March 4, 2015 at 11:39 pm

        Yet you’re still here.

        • Harold
          March 5, 2015 at 12:05 am

          Yes here to tell you what a quack piece of shit you are. To voice my disgust with you and everything you stand for. You change my comment and you repsond- clearly indicates you take notice and it’s gotten under your skin. I’ll sleep easier knowing I accomplished that. Especially considering you recently said you were above your trolls and they didn’t deserve your responses. Hypocrite much ?

          You lose, this battle at least.

          • Not-A-Hippie
            March 5, 2015 at 12:32 am


            Please drink battery acid, mkay?



            Turtle Riders

  • Fist
    March 4, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Who ruined her life? She’s a plagiarist, surprised she didn’t get caught before graduating college.

    • Harold
      March 5, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Not in reference to this story numbnuts. General voicing of my distaste for this ass clown based on the fact he took the time to alter one of my comments on another post because I called him out and insulted him. Dish it out but cant take it. Fucking loser.

  • Bumper Wolfthorn
    March 4, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Hey Harold…i banged your mom. just saying…she moo’ed like a cow ; )

  • Harold
    March 4, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    If you disagree with turtleboy and make a valid point and insult him he’ll change your comments. Even though he’s an asshat who only insults people who can’t defend themselves.

    Fuck you turtleboy. You’re the biggest fucking pice of shit fraud low life scum sucking hypocritical cowardly fuck face this side of the Mississippi. Karma or otherwise one day will make you pay for your bulkshit and I can’t wait. You fucking puss.

    And for those of you who will tell me I’m doing this anonymously- that’s cause turtleboy being the scumbag asswipe he is would slander me if I gave up my true identity. It’s what he does to people who call him out on his bullshit and expose him for the ass clown cocksucker that he is.

    • Harold
      March 4, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Margee Persikov case and point. Ruined the poor girls life cause she didn’t like your shithole of a city.

      • JayC
        March 5, 2015 at 8:01 am

        Looks like Margee has continued to follow the blog too. It destroyed her so much that she commented on the Finnish I93 protester. At least she’s showed some class since then and not spewed the vile language you have Harry.

        • Harold
          March 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm

          Are you so naïve you think that’s actually her you fucking retard

    • Toots
      March 4, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Harold is so obviously Clive.

  • Not-A-Hippie
    March 4, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    To hell with that coalburner.

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