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Heartwarming: The Worst Person You Know man did not know he was a meme

The famous image occured when Garcia's photog brother in law asked him to stand in a photograph so he could ajust for the light, and the image was uploaded to Getty Images Catalogue in 2014.

In 2018, his BIL got a notifcation that a 'satirical news site' used the image for their article. Of course, that site was the US-Based The Onion. Since the site is in English, his municipality near Barcelona weren't familiar with it, and didn't treat him differently.....

...Until a journalist dropped clues on how to find Garcia. He shrugged off some distasteful comments and proceeded to just live his life. The article is written oddly, as it begins to talk about another meme man halfway though.

Tags: meme, slow news day

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Idk why, but I always thought that was a pic of present-day Beans from Even Stevens. I guess I never really looked too hard.
Wasn't he working as a seasonal holiday mall helper
Hahaha, I feel somewhat vindicated now.
I used to work at The Onion and I'm pretty convinced that's their rooftop.
I could be misremembering, but I just feel like I know that view. 😂
wow, age dropkicked him in the head.
his ig name is "findmychin" lmaooo
2014? What does he look like now, do I click the source?
There's no picture 😑
Hope you learned your lesson. We never go to the source.

But also that sounds like a nightmare for me on a personal level as a POC tho. I’d feel icky knowing about this bc some lowlife people truly ain’t shit ie catfishing others with your stolen selfies on the internet…. just horrifying….


June 22 2022, 18:39:23 UTC 2 days ago Edited:  June 22 2022, 18:56:14 UTC

This is one of many reasons why I don't care for actual people becoming Internet memes. Not everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame.

edit: Apparently the brother-in-law sold the image to Getty for their stock collection and The Onion bought the image to use in their article. Nothing wrong with that, but his beef should be with the BIL for submitting that photograph to Getty in the first place. There's a huge difference in "Can you pose for me real quick so I can get a light reading for my camera" and "I'm planning on submitting some of my images to a stock photography company; would you mind posing for me?"
The photo of García, then 34, turned out well – so well that the pair decided to upload it to the Getty Images catalogue.

Hope Garcia got some money from it at some point.
Thank you for that bit of info!

Whether or not he got paid depends on what sort of deal the BIL has with Getty; for some of their photography they pay a one time commission while with others it's commission by how much the image gets sold.
Weird how every woman who became a meme ended up losing their jobs yet this guy's now getting acting gigs because of it.
Who lost a job?
Brittany Broski got fired over the kombucha video


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IIRC Kombucha Girl lost her job over it, but I think she's since landed on her feet.
This is old but the angry British tea man from vine lost his job over his SM too


June 22 2022, 18:44:43 UTC 2 days ago Edited:  June 22 2022, 18:45:17 UTC

It was confusing the way they wrote it but András Arató (Hide behind the pain Harold) is who started the FB page. It sounds like Garcia is just resigned to it.
i thought it was rory kinnear
"...Until a journalist dropped clues on how to find Garcia.

This is so fucked up and invasive, I would be suing.
I don't think I've ever seen that picture before but with that name I thought they were referring to one of those douche memes, like either the guy with the weird hat or the one with the cig
Garcia isn't the one who has a FB travel page and commercial, that's "Hide the Pain Harold" who is also mentioned in the article. Garcia has mostly avoided the spotlight but "mulls launching t-shirts that feature the meme".
I legit always thought that picture was some political commentator or something who I didn’t know but sucks
Me too. Just assumed it was some semi-famous asshole I hadn’t heard of and then didn’t pay any further attention
Fuck that journalist tho
I don't think I've ever seen it. I'd hate to become a meme!
He was basically doxxed by a journalist, it's fucked up
I feel like a new news outlet publishes a story about finding this guy every few months.
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