ENGLAND, UK - In the latest cruel twist to the tsunami story it turns out the entire disaster was in fact a hoax. A man from Huddersfield, UK , was arrested on new years day for his part in a scam which has left millions of people worrying about loved ones in the area surrounding the indian ocean.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has so far admitted to sending out hoax emails to every single email address in england, including the all major news networks telling them about the disaster. The television networks duly obliged and did the traditional act of setting up some scenery to pretend they had managed to get "on the scene" within ten minutes of hearing the news. The scenery workshops then had to rebuild the set as the hoaxer sent more detailed emails, including damage reports stating that - "everything in india had been washed away and it now looked like a very large version of belgium" we can only assume that by this he means flat and boring.
Other untrue and portentially worryiing reports coming from the man have included the fact that 140,000 are now feared dead. This is untrue as there was no tsunami in the first place.
It is not the first time this man has been arrested for "faking it." He was also arrested on the 11th of september 2001 just hours after sending out the emails which conned the country into believing that the WTC had been attacked. A senior police officer spoke to the spoof saying - "It is for the public good that this man, a repeat offender, is now behind bars. We hope that the case will be able to proceed without too much interference from the media." On the topic of how the man was caught he said " What gave it away was the extraordinary number of people this man was talking about - 140,000. Surely everyone knows that there are not 100,000 people in all of asia let alone 140,000! He took us for fools and we called his bluff." Damning words.
Television companies are considering suing the man for damages after their credibility was called into question. It is not expected for the cases to go ahead tho due to the huge amounts of revenue the companies have generated through selling advertising for water purifying tablets in between bulletins.