Oops: Google Docs' Filler Name Is a Real Person

Casey Baumer has been accused of hacking into people's Google accounts for 2 years
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2016 6:28 AM CDT
Oops: Google Docs' Filler Name Is a Real Person
Casey Baumer has been getting messages about her name for two years.   (Casey Baumer)

Google doesn't just use "lorem ipsum" as filler text. It has also used "Casey Baumer" as the randomly generated filler name on all its Google Docs prompts because, well, it's so much more personal than the ever popular Jane or John Doe, reports Gizmodo. But it's also become a major nuisance for Casey Baumer, an actual person who is 20, a food stylist, and fully fed up fielding the Facebook messages she gets on a daily basis from strangers accusing her of hacking into their accounts or having affairs with their husbands. As one user asks in the Google Docs help forum, "why do my docs have the name Casey Baumer attached to them? is this standard?"

"If you actually look at the documents, instead of just reading the name, it's clear that none of it's real," Baumer tells Business Insider. "But people clearly don't really read it!" (Indeed, a screenshot of a resume template shows Baumer's address as "123 Address St., Anytown, NY.") Instead, they take the time to tell her to knock it off, a request she's essentially forwarded to Google. A company spokesperson says the company will change the name to spare Baumer, and her two-year-long headache may be just about gone: The aforementioned template now features Your Name. (Check out the most adorable Google search ever, and how Google UK decided to respond.)

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