Student Shocked After Now TV Accidentally Gives Her 'Nazi' Wi-Fi Name
That name? It was NOWTVNAZI5.
Yeah, that's pretty unlucky.
Twenty-six-year-old Lauren Long reckons that the name is automatically generated, but was surprised and dismayed to discover that she'd managed to draw the short straw against such long odds.
After all, what are the chances of that? Perhaps she should have bought a lottery ticket that week.
Anyway, as we all know nowadays, you can see other people's Wi-Fi router names when you try to log onto someone's network. That's why all student residences have some hilarious - or, at least that's what they think - name or other for their internet.
However, Lauren is worried that anyone living by her might already think that she holds beliefs that she simply does not.
So, in order to mitigate against that, she's changed the 'totally inappropriate' name to something else.
Lauren, who is originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but now lives in East Sussex, explained: "I changed my Wi-Fi name because I thought it was totally inappropriate and it's not the sort of word you'd want to stay with.
"It's a negative word from a negative period of history. It's definitely not a respectful way to remember that part of history. I changed my Wi-Fi name to avoid embarrassment.
"It's a word with really negative connotations and it's not the sort of word you would expect to find."
"At first I didn't really look at the name. I set the box up as you're supposed to, and then when it came to logging in for the first time I was a bit taken aback [when I saw it].
"It seemed like a really weird word to have been created by the random generator. I assume it's a random letter generator used to make up the names. I was shocked and embarrassed.
"I wondered, seeing as I live in an apartment building, what my neighbours might think if they saw that suddenly pop up on a list of available Wi-Fi networks. It isn't great."
She continued: "I personally wasn't offended by the name, but I was upset because there are people who have every right to be, if that makes sense.
"I was concerned someone who lived near me might be offended by the name, or shocked or hurt or upset. I didn't want to cause that negative experience for them."
"None of my neighbours have commented which is good. Maybe they were offended and were too upset to comment, I don't know, but there's no way of knowing which flat it belongs to, I suppose.
"It's now called 'Hogwarts Wi-Fi'. I'm a big Harry Potter fan and I thought it would be funny, the idea of having Wi-Fi in Hogwarts."
Now, Lauren wants Now TV and others to think on and eliminate the possibility for offensive words to be randomly generated.
She added: "I just want some reassurance from Now TV that they wouldn't give a name like that to anybody, and maybe just think about other four-letter words that might be inappropriate.
"There are lots of words which would be offensive. Four-letter swear words, for example. Something like 'bum' might be funny though.
"There's a line between what's a bit un-PC but amusing, and what's simply offensive."
A Now TV spokesperson said: "We are extremely sorry this offensive term was inadvertently applied to one of our hubs.
"All our wireless names are automatically generated letter by letter and although we already have an automatic screening check in place, we will be reviewing and expanding the list of blacklisted words to ensure this doesn't happen again."
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