Bogus Bolton bus seat sniffer story goes viral

The bogus Bolton bus seat sniffer

The bogus Bolton bus seat sniffer "story" as it appeared in the Sport.

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A FAKE news story about a "weirdo" who sniffs bus seats in Bolton has become an internet sensation.

The "story", headlined "WHO IS THE BOLTON BUS SEAT SNIFFER?", has been doing the rounds on social media such as Facebook and Twitter in the last few days, despite being almost two years old.

It appeared in the Sport in February 2012, and featured pictures purporting to be from CCTV footage of the man sniffing bus seats.

It also has quotes from Alfred Snitterthwaite, chairman of the the non-existent Bolton Municipal Bus and Tram Company.

The story says: "The weirdo – who always has the exact correct change – has been seen boarding the bus (pronounced “buzz” locally) from as far afield as Farnworth, Horwich and even Anglezarke."

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman confirmed that the force had no record of the incident.


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9:15am Wed 22 Jan 14

thankfully_not_from_here says...

To be honest, this is probably a regular thing some Bolton weirdo's/scum bags would do..... i wouldnt be surprised
To be honest, this is probably a regular thing some Bolton weirdo's/scum bags would do..... i wouldnt be surprised thankfully_not_from_here
  • Score: -3

9:26am Wed 22 Jan 14

RealisticMoi says...

thankfully_not_from_
here
wrote:
To be honest, this is probably a regular thing some Bolton weirdo's/scum bags would do..... i wouldnt be surprised
If your "thankfully not from here" why are you reading the BN? Equally although it seems the article is not true anyway, I wouldn't call the bloke a "scum bag" He obviously isn't "all there" to sniff seats anyway
[quote][p][bold]thankfully_not_from_ here[/bold] wrote: To be honest, this is probably a regular thing some Bolton weirdo's/scum bags would do..... i wouldnt be surprised[/p][/quote]If your "thankfully not from here" why are you reading the BN? Equally although it seems the article is not true anyway, I wouldn't call the bloke a "scum bag" He obviously isn't "all there" to sniff seats anyway RealisticMoi
  • Score: 8

9:49am Wed 22 Jan 14

guesty86 says...

but it must be true its in the sport, a highly respectable paper with a good track record of providing unbiased news from strong facts, oh wait its school boys and builders toilet relief material. sorry thought BN would have more brains to even bother running a story such as this.
but it must be true its in the sport, a highly respectable paper with a good track record of providing unbiased news from strong facts, oh wait its school boys and builders toilet relief material. sorry thought BN would have more brains to even bother running a story such as this. guesty86
  • Score: 3

5:06pm Wed 22 Jan 14

mr.mark.c says...

guesty86 wrote:
but it must be true its in the sport, a highly respectable paper with a good track record of providing unbiased news from strong facts, oh wait its school boys and builders toilet relief material. sorry thought BN would have more brains to even bother running a story such as this.
To me it looks like the BN are highlighting the trash that people share and believe on social networks.
[quote][p][bold]guesty86[/bold] wrote: but it must be true its in the sport, a highly respectable paper with a good track record of providing unbiased news from strong facts, oh wait its school boys and builders toilet relief material. sorry thought BN would have more brains to even bother running a story such as this.[/p][/quote]To me it looks like the BN are highlighting the trash that people share and believe on social networks. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 5

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