Dead roach in Utah man’s milkshake becomes Twitter hero

Dead roach in Utah man’s milkshake becomes Twitter hero


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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.

> Watch out [@derbycon](! This is the roach I sucked up the straw of my milkshake from [@Smashburger]( I'm gonna name him 'Trevor'. [\#derbycon]( [\#yum]( []( > > — Grifter (@Grifter801) [September 23, 2017](

It wasn’t long after that a hashtag was created: #trevorforget. And Trevor would become the most famous dead roach in Twitter history.

> [\#RIPTrevor]( [\#DerbyCon]( [\#TrevorForget]( []( > > — Knarphie (@knarphie) [September 24, 2017](

With that rallying cry, conference-goers came together, and a memorial to Trevor began to materialize in front of the infamous Smashburger. Passersby left everything from a box of tissues to a bottle of Mountain Dew as tributes to the deceased roach.

> We made a memorial for Trevor. He will be missed. [\#trevorforget]( [\#derbycon]( [@DerbyCon]( []( > > — Grifter (@Grifter801) [September 24, 2017](

> Hackers create memorial for a cockroach named Trevor - [\#TrevorForget]( []( > > — Steve Ragan (@SteveD3) [September 25, 2017](

As the memorial grew, even the Louisville Metro police were caught at the scene.

> Louisville Metro stops by to pay their respects to [@TrevorTheRoach]( [\#Trevorforget]( []( > > — godminusone (@godminusone) [September 25, 2017](

Grifter received a call from Smashburger after finding the roach and later tweeted, “they’re awesome,” though the restaurant ultimately turned down his request to set up a college fund for Trevor’s thousands of fatherless children.

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.

> Trevor The Roach: A Tribute Movie.[\#TrevorForget]( [@Smashburger]( []( > > — Khalil Sehnaoui (@sehnaoui) [September 25, 2017](

Trevor fan Jim Kennedy has since started a [\#TrevorForget memorial fund\*](, which has raised over $3,000 in two days.

“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.

* does not assure that the monies deposited to the accounts will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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