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Australian police are cracking down on that stupid ‘Be Like Bill’ meme

He's a wanted man.


Elijah Watson

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 25, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 7:55 am CDT

If you frequent Facebook, chances are you’ve seen Be Like Bill, the latest sad excuse for a meme to infiltrate the social network. 

As we’ve written before, the concept for the crude stick figure character—who exists to passive-aggressively admonish people for various Internet behaviors—came from Eugeni Croituru, a digital entrepreneur whose idea has surprisingly (or maybe unsurprisingly) become a phenomenon. There’s now even a handy generator for the lazier meme-makers among us.

However, not everyone is trying to Be Like Bill. Some people realize that Bill is a contradictory pain in the ass who seems to reject social media while being shared on social media, and that’s profoundly annoying. That’s why the Queensland Police Service in Australia issued a notice on its Facebook on Monday. They’re looking for a wanted man who, well, sounds like Bill.

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“Queensland Police are searching for a man with a very slight build, dark hat and no nose who has been repeatedly disturbing people’s timelines. He answers to the name Bill,” the post reads.

See? Being like Bill is overrated, and possibly dangerous. Don’t be like Bill, guys. Bill is bad.

H/T Mashable | Photo via Diane Wellman/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2016, 3:06 pm CST