Taking a Love of Spell Check Way Too Far.

In Crime, education, hahahas, off-beat on August 22, 2008 by Editor Z

I think the whole text message intentionally spelling things wrong is a sign of intellectual decay and laziness too, but these two guys are just plain annoying.

Boston Globe:

PHOENIX—A man from Somerville, Mass., and his friend who went around the country this year removing typographical errors from public signs have been banned from national parks after vandalizing a historic marker at the Grand Canyon.

Jeff Michael Deck of Somerville, and Benjamin Douglas Herson, of Virginia Beach, Va., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Flagstaff after damaging a rare, hand-painted sign in Grand Canyon National Park.

They were sentenced to a year’s probation, during which they cannot enter any national park, and were ordered to pay restitution.

Authorities said Deck and Herson, both 28, toured the United States from March to May, wiping out errors on government and private signs.

While at Desert View Watchtower on the South Rim on March 28, they were accused of using a whiteout product and a permanent marker to deface a sign that’s a National Historic Landmark.

An affidavit by National Park Service agent Christopher A. Smith said investigators learned of the vandalism from an Internet site operated by Deck on behalf of the Typo Eradication Advancement League, or TEAL.

According to the Internet posting, TEAL members agreed to stamp out as many typos as they could find in public signage and other venues.

Note to this Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid of grammar and spelling, your aim might be to try and correct some of the errors of society. But when you vandalize property in National Parks just to obnoxiously say “I am smarter than you”, you become the ass*&%es. And just for that, I am not going to correct any of my spelling or grammar errors on this post.



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