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SALT LAKE CITY — Life can be tragic. But sometimes, it’s just tragically hilarious.
One Salt Lake City man, known on Twitter as “Grifter,” has found a way to see the beauty in the macabre.
On Sept. 23, Grifter sucked up a cockroach through the straw of his Smashburger milkshake while at the computer security conference Derbycon in Louisville, Kentucky. Unfazed, Grifter took a picture of the offending roach and tweeted it out to other conference-goers with a name for the insect.
And thus, Trevor the Roach was born.
Smashburger closed the day after the incident to fumigate the restaurant, but has been remarkably silent on Twitter, responding to grieving conference-goers with the simple plea to “please stop.” Despite the heartfelt appeal, conference-goers aren’t done yet.
“As you know, the Info Sec community lost a beloved member over the weekend. Trevor the Roach,” the GoFundMe campaign reads. “To make matters worse, his entire family is also caught up in the disaster in Puerto Rico. Funds contributed will go directly to 'Friends of Puerto Rico'. A long-standing and respected nonprofit working to better Puerto Rico.”
It seems Trevor the Roach may go down in history as the most influential cockroach in living memory. He died as he lived: a true hero.
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