Woman whose ex- won't return her suitcase retaliates by auctioning the locations of his secret fishing holes

Angela Potter, a teacher in Waikato, NZ, has a funny definition of "vindictive":

"My ex-boyfriend is an avid and very successful fisherman who asked me to protect his collection of GPS fishing spot co-ordinates [with my life no less]. Not a problem," she wrote on the auction.

And sold secrets tend to make for an angry man - Miss Potter said her ex was less than pleased to find out they had been shared.

Miss Potter said she would never have sold the co-ordinates had it been an amicable breakup, however, the man packed his belongings into her suitcase, which had sentimental value, and fled the country.

"When he refused to return my suitcase that's when I sold his co-ordinates," she said. "I didn't list them to be vindictive. I listed them as a bit of a laugh."

OTOH, she's now dating a new fisherman and says that she has not shared her ex's fishin' holes with him.

Fishing spots sold on Trade Me after breakup [Jenna Lynch/Stuff.co.nz] (via Neatorama)


  1. Once again history is written to favor the winner.

    I can remember when knowing the locations of my mother’s favorite wild blackberry-picking spots were a closely held family secret.  Divulging that information to an ‘outsider’ would have gotten me a dressing down.

    1. To be fair, she got dressed down (so to speak) before she ever divulged any locations.

      (yes, there are some assumptions being made here)

  2. I think she was too quick to give the information away. She should have  contacted him and offered to withhold the locations of his fishin’ holes in exchange for the suitcase. 

  3. What an important suitcase to give up years of this guy’s greatest passion and hundreds of hours of searching and experimenting! I can see why he packed up and fled the country rather than be with this asshole for one more second!

    1. How prescient of him to know this would happen. Why, he kept the suitcase not in a fit of angry spite, but as compensation for the tens — nay, hundreds! — of hours he’ll have to spend looking for new fishing holes, rather than commute back to his old stomping grounds from whatever country he fled to.

    2. Cry me a river.

      He fled the country, as you have pointed out.  He has no use for those coordinates. She apparently wanted to keep that suitcase, though.

      I’d try to prosecute the thief.  HE’s the only asshole here.

    3. Who are you to judge what objects can and cannot hold sentimental value? Maybe the suitcase is a memento from a dead relative or holds memories of travels from her youth? Regardless, it is her property, he took it AND refused to return it which is pretty assholish right there. He’s in a bad position to call the kettle black.

  4. I traded my fishin’ hole coordinates to Newman, and all I got was a bunch of worthless bunion stories.

  5. Speaking of fishing, is it weird that I feel like I clicked on linkbait from somebody fishing for pageviews?

  6. ‘fled the country’ are her words. We dont know if miss potters ex was gone for good or (presumably since he got upset) planning to return after a while to resume his fishing lifestyle. She describes him as sucessful but doesn’t say if its a hobby or it could be tied to his profession. Either way the woman has a cruel sence of humor to ‘have a laugh’ by betraying a deeply held trust. my opinion is miss potter acted rashly, has regrets, and is now telling the story in such a way to gain support for her carelessness.

    Also, One does not simply return the suitcase.

  7. Now you’re the prettiest by far
    Is that what you’re into him and you in the nude
    It glittered and it gleamed
    That’s what he’s prepared to do
    It glittered and it gleamed
    Is that the kinda thing that you think you might be into
    In the buff being rude
    In the fountains pink champagne
    Doing stuff with the food
    Getting lewd with his food
    In the heart shaped pool of fame
    We heard that’s what you are into
    Kiss them for me — I may find myself delayed

  8. I’m confused why she didn’t start releasing one set of coordinates per day (or even just the lat or long to draw it out more) until he returned it.

    Someone hasn’t watched enough hostage movies.

Comments are closed.