T In The Park is Scotland’s biggest music festival. But this year, it will be remembered for something a little different.
Scott Johnston, an attendee, was trapped inside a tent bag by a gaggle of friends with a very unfortunate sense of humor. Alone and unable to extricate himself, Johnston turned to his dying phone for help.
Instead of calling the police, his mom, his former friends, Johnston used the last dregs of his battery life to send a tweet to T In the Park’s twitter account.
@Tinthepark hi im somewhere in green 7 someone has packed me into a tent bag for a joke and I can't get out I don't have much battery left— Scott Johnston (@ScottJohnston8) July 13, 2015
Bafflingly, the Scotland police noticed this obscure homing signal…and tweeted back.
@ScottJohnston8 Hi Scott please tweet us with more info if you can. We have officers with stewards in the area looking for you now.— Police Scotland (@policescotland) July 13, 2015
The Twitter verse, now wise to the promise of real-time Twitter drama, watched/tweeted with bated breath.
WestFMNews, which we’ve since dubbed the news station with the worst sense of appropriate timing and/or discretion, asked Scott for an interview. While he was still stuck in his tent. With a dying phone.
Needless to say, Johnston did not “send a DM.”
The Twitter common folk, meanwhile, were moved by a combination of concern and amusement.
Johnston soon tweeted out a second message, assuring everyone that his friends had freed him. Though not before he had launched a Twitter storm, of course.
It's okay everyone my friends unzipped me earlier never been so happy to see the rain— Scott Johnston (@ScottJohnston8) July 13, 2015
The storm did not abate. Other news channels and publications pressed the tent-bag-survivor for a follow-up.
@ScottJohnston8 Hi Scott, I'm a reporter at the Guardian. Please follow for DM?— Aisha S Gani (@aishagani) July 13, 2015
@ScottJohnston8 hi Scott - are you ok?? Can you give us a follow?— Heart Scotland News (@HeartScotNews) July 13, 2015
Scotland Police was less enthused.
@ScottJohnston8 please call us on 101— Police Scotland (@policescotland) July 13, 2015
Now, like any minor celebrity on a day when not much else is happening, Johnston is being besmirched by various tabloids and hounded by alleged baby mamas.
We wish we were joking.
Someone claiming to have mothered the child of the man who got stuck in a bag with T in the Park has got in touch with me.— Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) July 13, 2015
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