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Inmates Escape As Guard Plays Plants Vs. Zombies

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the prioritizing-priorities dept.

Crime 87

dotarray writes "Everybody knows that there's a certain risk one takes when playing addictive, engrossing games can be trouble when you're meant to be doing something else. The prevalence of awesome games on the iPhone hasn't helped that risk. A Plants Vs. Zombies loving police officer has learned this the hard way after an escape."

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There's an escapee on my lawn (5, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216016)

Don't want escapees on my lawn.

Re:There's an escapee on my lawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33218336)

I hear you. I went so far as to put up "Escapees, please keep of grass" signs. I think I've made my point.

well, that's a new one (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216030)

Well, I've seen a jailbroken iPhone, but this is the first I've heard of an iPhonen jailbreak..

Re:well, that's a new one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216042)

Congrats on being the first to make this joke. You win the prize.

Re:well, that's a new one (3, Insightful)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216066)

I'm a bit surprised that the prison allows the guards to keep their phones with them on duty. While not for this specific reason, there's all kinds of ways in which this can go wrong, from jail breaks to contacts with the outside world that aren't being monitored.

That being said, the fact that he put the keys down is the real issue. Security, LEOs and such are never under any circumstance to put their keys down, not even for a moment for this precise reason. People can get access to them without your knowledge.

Re:well, that's a new one (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216366)

Dude, have you ever been into a police department in a major city (mine shall remain nameless)....Last time I was in one, I waited 5 minuets while the metal detector operator replied to a text message. Then, at the records department, i waited 15 minuets while another officer finished a personal call on their cell phone (quite entertaining). Then on my way out, every officer sitting down at a post quickly tucked away the cell phone mid-text.

Re:well, that's a new one (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33217610)

Last time I was in one, I waited 5 minuets while the metal detector operator replied to a text message.

With an estimated average duration for a minuet by composers such as Bach and Beethoven to be about 2 minutes, 5 minuets would last about 10 minutes.

Re:well, that's a new one (5, Funny)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 3 years ago | (#33218154)

Last time I was in one, I waited 5 minuets while the metal detector operator replied to a text message.

With an estimated average duration for a minuet by composers such as Bach and Beethoven to be about 2 minutes, 5 minuets would last about 10 minutes.

That's nothing. I once had to wait an oratorio and two cantatas on hold with DLink.

Re:well, that's a new one (1)

underqualified (1318035) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216376)

I'm from the Philippines and what really surprises me is how the guard was able to afford the iPhone. The monthly plans that would've made the iPhone free would almost equal his net monthly income. And I can't really imagine him being able to afford to buy the unit by itself.

Re:well, that's a new one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216680)

Probably he have an "iPhone" instead of an iPhone

Re:well, that's a new one (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216852)

If he had an "iPhone" he wouldn't be able to play Plants vs. Zombies...

It's most likely a second hand older generation iPhone or iPod.

Re:well, that's a new one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33218660)

Blowing my mod points (+1 funny is sort of pointless anyway) to ask this:


If he had an "iPhone" he wouldn't be able to play Plants vs. Zombies...

It's most likely a second hand older generation iPhone or iPod.

???. I don't get it.

(1) I play Plants vs. Zombies on my iPhone. Often. Even have all the achievements except I can't seem to survive long enough for the endless 40 round wave of zombies one.

(2) Your either/or logic makes no sense. "If he had (x) he couldn't do this. It is most likely either has (x) or (y)."

There has to be some logic to what you posted. Just trying to figure out what...

Re:well, that's a new one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33218922)

The original poster was insinuating that it was a cheap chinese fake iPhone. Hence the "quotes" around the word.

The second poster pointed out that fake iphones wouldn't play real iphone app store games, and it's easier to explain the fact that a poor guard has an "expensive" phone if the phone was an older model bought used.

Of course it could also be explained with bribes, drug running, etc, but we wouldn't want to impugn the guard's stellar reputation.

Re:well, that's a new one (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 3 years ago | (#33258352)

I cannot help but wonder if maybe the Officer should have kept his eye from his iPhone, (pun intended).

Re:well, that's a new one (1)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 3 years ago | (#33219946)

You need to make an alley of death. Make two lines of gloom-shrooms with an empty alley between them. Put garlic along a front column to lead all of the zombies into the alley of death. Works great.

Add some magnets and other things to improve it.

Re:well, that's a new one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216768)

1st gen, jailbroken, i assume.

Re:well, that's a new one (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 3 years ago | (#33224684)

I'm from the Philippines and what really surprises me is how the guard was able to afford the iPhone.

I've been to the Phils a few times (cheap for an Aussie).

The cops, they are all on the take and quite openly. A lowly guard would be earning a pittance officially (actually it would be quite high for Philippine wages, maybe up to 200 USD a month) but he will always get his share of the graft *cough* sorry, I mean Tea Money.

Cops in third world nations can operate like the Mafia with little resistance. Asking for bribes/protection money is commonplace especially when you're white (white == money).

Re:well, that's a new one (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33230212)

When people want something bad enough, they'll find a way.

A company I used to work for had a large workforce, mostly modest-paying manufacturing wage jobs. They announced a 400% company match on 401(K) contributions up to 5%, and almost everyone bought in at the full 5%. The company announced how proud they were that their financial seminars had been met with resounding success, and how happy they were to contribute to their employee's retirement. Vesting period was 5 years, rule was that a withdrawal meant 5 years of disqualification from further contributions, followed by a new 5-year vesting period.

Five years and one week later, the parking lot of the plant filled up with gigantic 4WD dual-rear-tire trucks, Corvettes, Mustangs, Land Rovers, and SUVs. Participation in the 401(K) dropped to less than 30% of the company in less than a week. Turns out that a couple of folks had talked to relatives who owned car dealerships, and the really effective "financial seminars" were back-of-the-napkin math proving "(contribution + company match - taxes & penalties) > contribution". A whole lot ">".

A few people I chatted with said they figured they'd probably last about ten years then the "company will buy me a new one again".

A lot of them ended up selling off their new behemoths because of some other simple math.

long commutes + changing to a lower-mileage car + drastically higher insurance rates = no money at the end of the week to pay rent.

Re:well, that's a new one (1)

nicodoggie (1228876) | more than 3 years ago | (#33257206)

Taga pilipinas ka ba talaga? Parang di ka pa nakotongan ng pulis a?

For one thing, there's this place called Greenhills where you can get network unblocked phones for usually lower than what the carriers offer.

Considering his being a policeman, it could be that some other policeman friend of his could've just sold him a unit confiscated from a snatcher in Cubao.

Or it could be a more bland explanation, like being in the pay of someone. Corruption here in the Philippines is pretty in-your-face. If it surprises you that a low-income government employee can get expensive things, you might not be really from around here.

Re:well, that's a new one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216392)

Guess you've never seen a jail in the Philippines. I'm not surprised in the least bit. Visited a jail once in Baguio City. My favorite feature was the chalk board behind the guard desk listing the inmates names, their crimes, and the resulting sentences. Car thieves were in there longer than murderers and rapists...that is if they were able to pay off the guy with the chalk.

Re:well, that's a new one (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 3 years ago | (#33218954)

This was the Philippians. They likely didn't have the funding to pay for all of the guards to have work phones, but still wanted to be able to contact them quickly.

Re:well, that's a new one (1)

BigSes (1623417) | more than 3 years ago | (#33219894)

Actually, where I live (Pennsylvania), a friend of mine's husband is a guard at a state prison. He is not allowed to bring his phone any closer to the building than his car out in the parking lot.

Re:well, that's a new one (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 3 years ago | (#33224642)

I'm a bit surprised that the prison allows the guards to keep their phones with them on duty. While not for this specific reason, there's all kinds of ways in which this can go wrong,

It's the Philippines, stop applying western logic.

Seriously, competent police are hard to find over there and definitely not without a handout.

The fact the officer in question had an Iphone is proof he's getting income outside his regular wage. Police earn about 6, maybe 8000 PHP (sub 200 USD) a month for a lowly guard job. I reckon "distracted" is an excuse the press would buy.

Further more, clearly you've never tried to separate a Pinoy from their phone, you'll need the jaws of life just to try.

Re:well, that's a new one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216096)

2 frosty piss +5 funnies in 2 days your my hero

Re:well, that's a new one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33256178)

Well, I've seen a jailbroken iPhone, but this is the first I've heard of an iPhonen jailbreak..

lol, thats a good one. Well done. :D

Why was this even allowed? (4, Insightful)

mr_nazgul (1290102) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216104)

I work in an office environment and even I couldn't get away with playing games on my phone, unless on my lunch break and away from my desk. Even on lunch at my desk a manager would comment if you played a game on your phone (or PC).

How on earth was it allowed that a security guard was allowed to do this in a prison of all places? One would think that there would be basic rules about conduct for the officers, considering how many there are for the inmates.

why are they BS you on your lunch brake? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216232)

why are they BS you on your lunch brake?

I hope it's a payed lunch or they should not be telling you what you can do on your brake!

Re:why are they BS you on your lunch brake? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216398)

why are they BS you on your lunch brake?

I hope it's a payed lunch or they should not be telling you what you can do on your brake!

Why do they give you BS when you are on your lunch break?
I hope it's a paid lunch or they should not be telling you what you can do on your break!

I'm sorry, that was just too painful to read the way it was.

Re:why are they BS you on your lunch brake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33229386)

I hate to stereotype, but dragons have awful keyboard skills. I only let mine stay on as secretary because I love s'mores.

Re:why are they BS you on your lunch brake? (1)

cptdondo (59460) | more than 3 years ago | (#33219314)

1. It's their computer, not yours, they make the rules.

2. If it's a position where you interface with the public, you create the appearance of wasteful/incompetent behavior.

So, no personal use at any time.

so on launch you are not payed to just sit there? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#33219706)

so on launch you are not payed to just sit there?

Re:so on launch you are not payed to just sit ther (1)

boxwood (1742976) | more than 3 years ago | (#33219836)

he said he couldn't do those things while sitting at his desk. Implying he COULD do those things elsewhere. So if the company had a cafeteria or whatever he could go there and txt, make calls whatever.

Re:why are they BS you on your lunch brake? (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 3 years ago | (#33223260)

2. If it's a position where you interface with the public, you create the appearance of wasteful/incompetent behavior.

Appearance? That implies that what you're doing doesn't actually qualify as such.

Re:Why was this even allowed? (1)

Godskitchen (1017786) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216318)

What do rules have to do with what employees actually do?

I know most companies have rules regarding how much time you are to spend on sites like Facebook, Slashdot, &c.... We all know how well those work. ;)

Did you RTFA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216492)

Maybe that's just how they roll in the Philippines.

Re:Why was this even allowed? (1)

PingPongBoy (303994) | more than 3 years ago | (#33217102)

How on earth was it allowed that a security guard was allowed to do this in a prison of all places?

Government job?

Guarding a prison is about as exciting as being an inmate. With so many people taking the shittiest work to make a buck, some guards might have been used to a less boring workday. A game can keep a guard alert, but it should be done with a randomly provided game in a break room with frequent duty rotations

I've worked with law enforcement types... (1)

Benfea (1365845) | more than 3 years ago | (#33218970)

...and the older ones are staggeringly computer illiterate. He could have told his boss he was using the computer to monitor security cameras or that he was working on a spreadsheet and his boss likely would not have known the difference.

In other words... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216164)

Unarmed snacks leave fortified building as prison guard hones his zombie plan.

That's why (3, Funny)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216218)

You always have sniper towers on the corners. What a noob, leaking 5 inmates like that.

Re:That's why (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#33217720)

It's a joke, but in California prisons, because of budget cuts etc, there are not enough guards to man the guard towers. So at a lot of the prisons, you could drive a truck right through the fence and up to the yard, grab some prisoners and be gone before anyone knew what happened. Sad but true.

They Should Have (4, Funny)

MrTripps (1306469) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216240)

They should have put more pea shooters on the guard towers.

Re:They Should Have (2, Funny)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216306)

Nah, a few tall-nuts in the escape route would've stalled them long enough to get better defenses in place.

Re:They Should Have (1)

euyis (1521257) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216430)

Well... Does alive humans eat through the tall-nuts faster than the comical zombies? This might get tricky...

They've tried that... it didn't work (2, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216612)

"The wall was made higher, additional barbed wire was installed, security measures were tightened," said City Councilor Augustus "Jun" Pe, "but why was the inmate still able to escape?"

They've also tried putting onions in his path. That didn't work either.

If you ask the Department of Public Services (DPS), there was no way a man could be smuggled in the thin layer of trash that day without being noticed.
They said he would have surely collapsed from the stench of food slop collected from the jail.
But a convicted prisoner, who is due to be shipped out to the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinglupa, would surely find the will to endure a ride that smells to the high heavens.

Obviously, some caffeinated magnet-shrooms are needed (to stop them going over and under the defenses) along with some strategically placed winter melons and maybe a cactus somewhere.

Good thing he wasn't playing "Angry Birds" (1)

moxley (895517) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216496)

I guess it's a good thing he wasn't playing "Angry Birds," because while Plants vs Zombies is good, Angry Birds is likee the holy grail of Iphone games and certainly would have resulted in the entire jail being emptied.

Re:Good thing he wasn't playing "Angry Birds" (1)

ACAx1985 (989265) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216746)

Mod this. Angry Birds is the best iPhone game I've played yet.

Re:Good thing he wasn't playing "Angry Birds" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33217054)

Angry Birds is too fidgety for me. I can never duplicate the same behavior twice. If I was that guard, the prisoners would be scared off every couple seconds as I yelled "No! That explosion should have totally killed the pig!"

Now a puzzle game like Warehouse51 would have had me staring at my iPhone like a... well, zombie. Or a word game... for some reason I can't stop playing boggle-ish games.

Re:Good thing he wasn't playing "Angry Birds" (1)

whisking (1181729) | more than 3 years ago | (#33217906)

I own N900 and Angry Birds is pretty much the only native game available there. But frankly, I fail to see what's the point why it's so popular, there's a billion of similar flash games around the webs.

Oh, flash and iPhone, sorry...

In Soviet Russia... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216548)

iPhone jailbreaks YOU!

Re:In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33219186)

It was in the Philippines. This meme fails. Oh and yes, i know.. WHOOOSH, right?

Wonder (2, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216608)

I wonder what the author of this game thinks.

I it "Wow! Someone is actually playing my game!"

or is is "Oh no! My game is now going to be a question on Jeopardy."

Re:Wonder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33217150)

considering the iPhone version alone sold 300,000 copies in it's first 9 days in the App Store, I think that PopCap was already pretty well aware that people were actually playing their game.

Re:Wonder (1)

socsoc (1116769) | more than 3 years ago | (#33217186)

It's a very popular game that ranks high in the sales charts of iOS and is on many platforms. I doubt they ever wonder if anyone is playing their game.

Re:Wonder (2, Informative)

cgenman (325138) | more than 3 years ago | (#33219126)

PopCap is responsible for Bejeweled, which has sold over 50 million copies, and Peggle, which eats souls (and has sold about 50 million as well). They have about 200 employees.

They're probably thinking "Oh good, another batch of press impressions for the campaign recap binder."

In all seriousness... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216636)

It is a REALLY fun game to play.

News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216678)

Would there be the same kind of fevor if the guard would have been doing something else?
Reading a book.
Taking a nap.

Great comments... (1, Insightful)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216762)

...funny stuff, but all I can think is "My tax dollars at work."

Re:Great comments... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33218528)

You live in the Philippines?

Re:Great comments... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33218764)

Unless you are a Filipino, this is not your tax dollars at work.

Re:Great comments... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33219078)

...funny stuff, but all I can think is "My tax dollars at work."

Well, would you rather choose where they get spent? Here's a few options:

  • billion dollar war effort
  • lazy guard buying iphone games
  • rental car for some politician
  • bureaucracy

Choose wisely

Re:Great comments... (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 3 years ago | (#33224708)

...funny stuff, but all I can think is "My tax dollars at work."

You pay tax in the Philippines?

Wait, now I've stopped laughing, you pay tax in the Philippines and dont know how incompetent and corrupt the PNP (Philippine National Police) are.

That one will keep me chuckling all day.

Zombies on the iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33216786)

Cool new twist on the Zombie killing goodness. Check out www.brainarang.com

How? (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 3 years ago | (#33216890)

Did they catch him on tape playing games? Or did he confess? I can't imagine he would do that. Maybe the 3 that were recaptured were tattletales..

He had the layout all wrong. (1)

BForrester (946915) | more than 3 years ago | (#33217772)

If the guard had bothered to block the exit with his giant nuts right from the start, he would've bought himself more time to react.

PopCap's Plants Vs. Zombies now available (1)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 3 years ago | (#33218452)

Today, PopCap's got a new thing on the streets, Plants vs. Zombies they call it. For just $19.99 they'll get you high on their take on tower defense, and pretty much every dealer in the digital distribution game has it. They've even got a little song to help get the kids hooked. Hey, I wrote a song too. It's called "Oops, I Played Too Much Plants vs. Zombies And I Forgot to Eat and I Died and I Wish I'd Listened to TV and Film Star Robert Loggia."

It's a real catchy tune ... until I sing it about you. Stay smart -- stay away from PopCap.

-- PopCap's Plants Vs. Zombies now available [joystiq.com]

Guard was doing X, Y inmates escape (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33218492)

same old story...

Wow, news from a site called "GamePron" (3, Interesting)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 3 years ago | (#33219002)

Really? We're using a site called "GamePron" as a source for a story? Especially with grammar that bad? Ugh. I'll just sit here for the IT police to arrest me after going to a site with "pron" in the title. I'm sure that one red flagged my account.

mody up (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33222584)

80s, DARPA saw BSD Parties). At THE HANDY, YOU ARE FRRE during play, this I have a life to fucking numbers, anybody's guess right now. I tried, abysmal sales and invited back again.

Widespread Problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33229250)

A man in my guild (WoW) claims to be a security guard at a prison. He claims to play all day in a truck outside the prison grounds with his boss.

hope the anti-gaming lobby won't catch on. (1)

Major Downtime (1840554) | more than 3 years ago | (#33246986)

Before you know it one little incident gets blown out of proportion and are looking at a global ban on Zombies.

Oops, I RTFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33285724)

Five inmates recently escaped from a police precinct in Cagayan de Oro City, snatching up the officer’s keys where he’d left them while playing a quick few levels of Plants vs. Zombies.

Apparently it has nothing to do with his being inattentive -- at least, only so far as he seems to have LEFT HIS KEYS and walked away, leaving them in a location where the inmates could get them.

Whether he was on lunch, break, slacking off, or something else is not said. Given he FORGOT HIS KEYS somewhere where inmates could get them, somewhere where he WAS alledgedly playing games, it stands to reason that he WAS NOT playing games when the inmates aquired his keys.

Sorry for reading TFA. I guess I just broke all of the comments in this thread.

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