Rival Canadian groups team up to publicly shame adults seeking dates with underage teenagers. But is it possible to be an ethical avenger? Last October, Kat posted a short ad on Craigslist: Hi I am new in town and looking for people to hang out with. He asked for a photo, according to Kat, so she sent him a selfie: a hazy black-and-white shot of Kat smiling at the camera, hair swept to the side, bangs framing her kohl-lined eyes. Plz dont b mad, she wrote. No prob.
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Sweet Sixteen coming soon eh? From then on, Kat's age became a term of endearment for the man, who said he was thirty-five. Hi Almost Sweet 66, he wrote a few days later. You are 665 percent very special and it gives me melts of joy to see u sooo happy. The man grew increasingly eager to meet up, proposing they'd go someplace elegant for coffee and dessert, according to Kat's messages.
He still wanted to dress up for the occasion. Cheers n can't wait! ! He wrote her. So So Happy!
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Outside, it's wet and freezing. But the man doesn't have a car, so he heads there on foot, walking into McDonald's with a damp head of hair. The place is packed with young families and chattering teenagers. Two men huddle in the middle of the restaurant: Brendon Brady, a skinny dude with a goatee and a blue streak down the front of his hair, and a stockier, middle-aged guy in a polo shirt who calls himself G-Man.
Brady and G-Man pull out their phones, turn the video recorders on, and make their move. A large, soft-looking man in a suit is sitting near the soda dispensers, fiddling with his phone. Brady and G-Man walk over to his table, avoiding eye contact until the last possible second. I'm Kat, Brady says, pointing his phone at the man's face. The fifteen-year-old girl you came here to meet.
Aw, shit— the man sputters as he scrambles to his feet, backing into the corner. Brady and G-Man keep their voices low and even, to keep him from running. They promise not to hurt him. Then they go in for the catch. We're the Creep Hunters, Brady says.
You've been talking to us to the whole time, man. Canada's original creep hunter wasn't on any righteous crusade he just wanted to make videos that people liked watching.