Last year, I had a similar experience. After only a few months of publishing on Medium, I discovered — to my utter shock — that someone had plagiarized an entire article I had written about a personal experience! In a halfhearted attempt to avoid being found, they replaced some words with synonyms. The best part was that the offender wasn’t even fluent in English, because the synonyms they used were nonsense! Clearly found using an internet thesaurus. I was appalled, but mostly amused by their utter incompetence. Talk about a stupid criminal!

Of course, I immediately sent them a cease-and-desist letter and reported it to Google, who promptly removed them from their search engine. In the aftermath, I was flattered. Funny experience, though.

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