Someone named “Bob” (curiously with an email address of [email protected], which of course bounced as undeliverable) just sent me this from the blog contact form:
FYI your last post of sex offenders……search your name in public data base and your name comes up with numberous criminal records under Jay Thompson
JAY ELLIOTT THOMPSON
JAY GRANT THOMPSON
JAY J THOMPSON
JAY JEFF THOMPSON
You need to clean up your act. (my emphasis)
Let’s be real. How many “Jay Thompson’s” do you think exist out there? I don’t know the exact number, but it’s a whole lot. “Jay” is a pretty common name, and “Thompson” is a very common surname. For the record, my legal first name is James, which makes it even more common.
How common? Well, suffice it to say that there is a James/Jay Thompson on the Federal terrorist watch list. Trust me, I deal with it every time I fly. Yet they still let me on planes.
There are enough bankrupt Jay / James Thompson’s out there to make life difficult every time I apply for a mortgage or credit card.
According to this source, Thompson is the 17th most common surname in the US, and James is the most common male name. According to this site, around 672,500 people in the US have a last name of Thompson. Among first names only, 144,550 have the first name Jay and 4,064,550 have the first name James. Now I don’t know how many are named James or Jay Thompson, but I feel pretty safe saying it is “a big ol’ pile”.
I suspect there are tens of thousands of people named Jay / James Thompson out there. (Incidentally, none of those you listed are me. Not even close). And yes, some of those Jay Thompson’s are not good folk.
I don’t know whether to laugh or be afraid that you took the time to do a public record search on my name. If you are so inclined, please repeat the search using the name James Graham Thompson, Jr. While I can’t promise you that nothing will come up, I can assure you that this James Graham Thompson, Jr won’t.
I’ve been fingerprinted multiple times (not for those reasons people! For employment and licensing purposes – real estate sales, broker and substitute teacher), and passed numerous employment background checks. If any client is concerned that I might be some felon, terrorist or sex offender, I’ll be happy to provide evidence otherwise.
So, Bob, I really don’t feel compelled — in the least — to “clean up my act”.
But thanks for caring.
PS: I’m not complaining about my common name. It’s my Dad’s name, and my son’s name, and it means a lot to me to be named after my Dad and have my son named for both of us.