A young man fooled a security guard into letting him into a band’s green room by editing Wikipedia to say he was related to them.
Peking Duk fan, David Spargo, wanted to meet his favourite band when they played in Melbourne last night, and he wasn’t about to let a security guard stop him from getting backstage.
He told the guard that he was related to the band but the hapless security guard was sceptical at first, and asked him to prove his connection to the band’s musicians, Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles.
The fan pulled up the Peking Duk Wikipedia page on his phone, which listed David Spargo under ‘family’ thanks to a quick edit.
Speaking about the super-fan, Hyde said: “It was probably the most genius, mastermind move that I’ve ever witnessed… It’s crazy. He just did it on the spot, in a second on his phone.” He added: “He told the security guard he was our stepbrother or something, and showed them the Wikipedia page and his ID… It goes to show never trust Wikipedia.”
The fan introduced himself to the band, who were impressed by his ingenuity rather concerned by the security breach.
“We ended up having a bunch of beers with him and he was an absolute legend. He wasn’t a creep or anything. He was like the most normal dude we’ve ever met. That’s what makes it more hilarious,” said Hyde.
som1 edited our wiki 2 say he was our family. showed security, got in2 the green room and had a beer with the boys.. pic.twitter.com/DUZfki9hFS
— peking duk (@pekingduk) December 3, 2015
Afterwards the band shared a screenshot of the Wikipedia edit to their Twitter and Facebook, with a quote from the film Anchorman: “Actually, I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.”
Spargo posted a Facebook status thanking the lad for the evening.
The poor security guard probably didn’t expect people to lie on the internet.
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.