You're pulling RANK?????
I got an old-school style plagiarized paper today.
The paper ended abruptly. I thought: this isn't right. It also had really smooth style. Totally not right! So I googled the final sentence.
It didn't come from Wikipedia.
It didn't come from eCheaters.com
It didn't come from Facebook.
It came from a very slim 1958 book on the subject!! Dude had to type it up by hand, because only PDFs of the book exist through Google books. OLD SKOOL!! Part of me is impressed the guy worked so hard. The other part of me pissed, because it's the first plagiarized paper of the class and I thought that starting the semester off with a long discussion on this would nip it in the bud.
(I know, I was trying my damnedest to be naive)
I email the kid with my standard stern-ness, followed by a chance to come clean. Guy responds: AND PULLS RANK:
"Mrs Monkey" he begins (they ALL assume I'm married), "As a Ranking Colonel in the army protecting your life and freedom, I am appalled at your accusation of plagiarism.... I refuse to except [sic] your grade and will challenge the school about this." [Long discussion of paper, inaccurate explanation of what is IN the paper] And grand finale: "I work long and hard to keep you safe and I think you did the wrong to right [sic] me and accuse me of Plagiarism. Grammer [sic] and spelling I can stand, Sir, but not Plagiarism." End of communication. With a "sir" when he started with a "Mrs."
So I've done what he asked: I filed a formal plagiarism report. With a copy of the verbatim page. Colonel or not, this ranking officer is about to get a confirmation of "cheating" on his permanent record. And to think: all he had to do is apologize and rewrite the essay for 1/2 credit.
Fucker. Now I'm drinking in the late afternoon! I'm supposed to wait until after dinner, after the grading.