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Thief Posts His Photo To Facebook Victim's Account

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the criminal-status-update dept.

Crime 222

An anonymous reader writes "Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher discovered his house had been burgled; money, a winter coat, an iPod and his son's laptop were stolen. Imagine his surprise when Facebook friends of his 15-year-old son reported that a photo of the apparent thief, wearing Fisher's coat and holding a wad of notes, had been uploaded to his son's Facebook account. How addicted do you have to be to a social network to post a status update and upload your photo *while* you're burgling someone's house?"

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Just more extreme (2)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 2 years ago | (#34590798)

There was a /. story a few months ago about a burglar who got busted because he used the victim's PC to check his FB status. But it is a new level of stupidity (arrogance? weirdness?) to go ahead and post a pic of yourself.

What's next, posting to the victim's wall before you break in? Maybe to the police's wall too?

Re:Just more extreme (1, Troll)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#34590850)

If that happened in the UK the thief would sue the homeowner for invading his human privacy or some shit like that and get 50 billion quid in compensation.

Re:Just more extreme (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591038)

Uh, yeah, sure. The UK is just a complete cesspit, and have you seen those darkies who've moved in next door? I don't like 'em, but it's better than them Irish. Shifty lot them Micks. Should have hung the lot of 'em after Birmingham. Just think what it'll do to the house prices if the street is full of Pakis! Someone should complain to the Daily Mail.

Re:Just more extreme (1)

scottv67 (731709) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591082)

...and get 50 billion quid in compensation.

Would that be 50 thousand million quid or 50 million million quid? We've seen here on /. the importance of keeping "Metric" vs. "US" straight. :^)

Re:Just more extreme (3, Informative)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591622)

Have you been marooned on a desert island or something?

The UK officially switched over to the short scale in 1974, the US was already on it, and everyone else can just fuck off.

Re:Just more extreme (2, Insightful)

quatin (1589389) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591012)

People who think this is stupid need to get real. This guy won't get caught. The cops aren't out on main street screening for his face. Unless he leaves his full name, birthday and SSN, the police aren't going to act on anything else. Burglary is just so low on the pecking order that they're basically ignored. Even the detectives "assigned" to this case probably have 5-6 other cases to work on.

Re:Just more extreme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591098)

Unless he turned off the new facial recognition, it'll automatically tag him, giving the police a name.

Re:Just more extreme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591258)

Unless he turned off the new facial recognition, it'll automatically tag him, and any other black people he knows.

ftfy.

Re:Just more extreme (5, Insightful)

Johnny5000 (451029) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591138)

Burglary is just so low on the pecking order that they're basically ignored. Even the detectives "assigned" to this case probably have 5-6 other cases to work on.

Usually this is the case. There's generally not a whole lot of leads in a burglary case, so a detective might not put a lot of effort into trying to solve a hopeless case.

However, a burglar doing something this stupid, leaving behind such a damning piece of evidence, that's the kind of case a detective would probably want to put a little effort into solving.

Re:Just more extreme (1)

DarkOx (621550) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591272)

Right burglary is considered a very serious crime, because of the potential for someone to get hurt or killed if the victim turns out to be home, its also usual done at night (must be done at night to meet some definitions of burglary) when people are usually home. Society wants people to feel safe in their homes as well which is another reason the crime is punished so strongly even when little of value is taken.

Most of the reason these cases are not solved as you say is often there is pretty little for a detective to work with. A picture of someone you know is probably both local and school aged though is a pretty easy lead to run down. All the cops got to do is stake out the local high schools for a while and they can probably nab this guy.

Re:Just more extreme (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591496)

And if a detective is sufficiently motivated and the victims were smart, there were probably some fingerprints on the laptop.

Re:Just more extreme (1)

egamma (572162) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591808)

And if a detective is sufficiently motivated and the victims were smart, there were probably some fingerprints on the laptop.

And how can they get those fingerprints when he stole the laptop?

Re:Just more extreme (5, Funny)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592276)

Brilliant! Now they just have to find the guy who took the laptop, get the laptop back, and dust it for prints!

Re:Just more extreme (1)

diskofish (1037768) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591810)

Wrong. It's not usually done at night, its done during the day when people ARE NOT HOME. Theifs want to take your crap, they don't want a confrontation.

Re:Just more extreme (4, Interesting)

sodul (833177) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591372)

My brother got several thousand euros worth of specialized equipment stolen from his work vehicle. The thief posted the equipment for sale online much lower than the going value. We found his name and address and told the cops. They know him as a drug addict who sells stolen goods ... nothing. The police told my brother that the best he could do was to show up at a meeting with the burglar (remember a hardcore drug addict), confront him and then call 911 (or local equivalent) after confirming the serial numbers match. French police.

Re:Just more extreme (1)

Johnny5000 (451029) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591448)

Wow.

See, I don't have a whole lot of faith in the police in general, but from my experience and what I've heard from others, generally if you do your own detective work and put together a case like that and hand it to the police, they're probably going to do something about it, if only so they have one less open case to worry about.

I think in the case you describe, they'd either have to be seriously lazy, seriously constrained by laws/regulations, or severely understaffed to not take advantage of a slam-dunk case like that.

Re:Just more extreme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591854)

Drug addict doesn't imply hard bastard. Quite the opposite. Most of them can hardly stand up.

Should have taken a baseball bat to the fucker's knees. And from my experience, the French police don't waste effort where the "victim" is a known crim.

Re:Just more extreme (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592330)

Depends on where you live I guess. I had (presumably) a kid go through my truck and he took about $5 in change and a couple of cheap tools. The sheriff actually dusted my truck for finger prints and wrote up a report. Of course, they never caught the guy as far as I know, at least for this, but they took an interest and did investigate it. We work out of our house, so there is little opportunity for burglars to steal our stuff, but they're welcome to try. They can have their choice of 3.5" 00 buckshot, .357 magnum or SW .40. From their point of view I'd recommend the .40 - the .357 makes a very nasty exit wound and the buckshot just makes a one helluva big mess to clean up.

Re:Just more extreme (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34592338)

I wish I could mod this 'sad' or 'disheartening'.

Re:Just more extreme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34592398)

(In America) If I would have gotten that advice from the "COPS" I would have told them never mind, I will just take my gun with me and handle it myself... making sure they had the address.

Re:Just more extreme (2)

Unequivocal (155957) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591162)

Yeah - great point. Thief was much smarter to post this photo on the victim's facebook page than on his own!

Re:Just more extreme (4, Funny)

croddy (659025) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591176)

Leads, yeah, sure. I'll just check with the boys down at the crime lab, they've got four more detectives working on the case. They got us working in shifts! Leads...

Re:Just more extreme (1)

MonChrMe (1849782) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591302)

I beg to differ : Most burglars are repeat offenders, and known to the police already. All it takes is one of the local police officers to recognise the guy and they *will* arrest him, since he was stupid enough to leave a calling card. They don't even need to investigate this one, just arrest him, stick him in a cell and call the prosecutors office.

Re:Just more extreme (0)

swb (14022) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591592)

The reason he's a repeat offender and the reason they won't work very hard to catch him are the same -- it's catch and release policing.

The prisons are full with "priority" offenders (like aging hippies growing pot for personal consumption) and consequently low-level burglaries, muggings, car break-ins and other small-time property crimes are almost universally plead down to gross misdemeanors and given "time served" jail sentences and some kind of probation.

This one will probably be solved due to the publicity associated with it (an enemy will phone in a hot tip that gets him arrested), but generally speaking they won't bother tracking this guy down for what amounts to 30 days in county jail.

Burglaries only really get "solved" when they evolve into a regional pattern and the police invest resources in catching the burglars in action.

Re:Just more extreme (1)

egamma (572162) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591926)

The reason he's a repeat offender and the reason they won't work very hard to catch him are the same -- it's catch and release policing.

The prisons are full with "priority" offenders (like aging hippies growing pot for personal consumption) and consequently low-level burglaries, muggings, car break-ins and other small-time property crimes are almost universally plead down to gross misdemeanors and given "time served" jail sentences and some kind of probation.

This one will probably be solved due to the publicity associated with it (an enemy will phone in a hot tip that gets him arrested), but generally speaking they won't bother tracking this guy down for what amounts to 30 days in county jail.

Burglaries only really get "solved" when they evolve into a regional pattern and the police invest resources in catching the burglars in action.

Really? I served on a jury this summer for an Aggravated Burglary with a deadly weapon. He received 8 years with no possibility of parole (note that the verdict was by jury, the sentence was worked out by the DA.)

Re:Just more extreme (1, Insightful)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591368)

Stealing used to be a hanging offense, now it is "meh". And people wonder why society has gone to hell.

Re:Just more extreme (3, Insightful)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591564)

Knee-jerk reactions leading to hanging people for simple theft would be an indicator, to me, that society has truly gone to hell.

They also use to think the world was flat, and there were dragons past the edges. Sometimes changing the way a society thinks over time is not a bad thing.

Re:Just more extreme (3, Funny)

sentientbeing (688713) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591062)

At BurglarCon2010, there was a Q&A panel of professional burglars to amend the RFC and petition its guild members to at least make sure the house is empty beforehand by checking FB accounts and status updates.

Re:Just more extreme (1)

tacarat (696339) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591130)

Sure he just didn't forget to log out on the original owner's account? I can see FB getting a ticket that "my uploaded pic didn't post to my page".

To quote Dr. Horrible: (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591294)

"The Freeze ray needs work. I also need to be a little more careful about what I say on this blog. Apparently the LAPD and Captain Hammer are among our viewers. . ."

Re:Just more extreme (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591376)

Nothing in this story suggests that the burglar even knew what he was doing. It might have been something automatically set up by the computer owner to snap a shot each time the cover is opened. Heck, maybe the son's school put that software on there.

A wad of hundreds and a new computer. Bait!

I wonder if there had been prior break-ins, and this was a trap intentionally set up by someone in the household? Anyone bright enough to turn on the camera, take a picture and upload it, would be bright enough NOT to do so. It seems far more likely that a few bad password attempts tripped some security routine designed to recover stolen laptops.

Re:Just more extreme (3, Insightful)

TaggartAleslayer (840739) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591558)

It's obvious he's posing. This is not a "caught in action" shot. Nor is it likely that someone set up a routine to capture a burglar and upload the picture to their son's facebook.

Your theory has a few holes.

The likely explanation is greed, avarice, idiocy, and theft roll in together and stupidity comes along for the ride.

Re:Just more extreme (0)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591840)

Not obvious at all that he is posing.

He's waiting for the computer to respond and wondering what that little blue light means.

If he were posing, he'd be flashing the finger or his ass.

Re:Just more extreme (2)

Score Whore (32328) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592310)

Contrary to the summary and the article at retardsecurity, the picture wasn't taken at the home of the victim. The dude is a total moron. Facebook is already involved:

Facebook is now awaiting a subpoena from D.C. police, after which the company will hand over information about when and where the burglar used my son's computer.

So they've got his IP address. They'll get the home address from the ISP. With the slightest effort this thing would be wrapped up in a day or two.

And he's plainly posing.

Re:Just more extreme (1)

sakasune (772886) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591472)

What's next, posting to the victim's wall before you break in? Maybe to the police's wall too?

Washington DC Police Dept Likes This

Re:Just more extreme (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592228)

They would...
You know there is a problem when your mayor gets caught for drug offenses.

behind the curve == me (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#34590842)

Wow, I feel totally out of it. Someone who looks like (posing with cash and handsign) that is doing facebook and I don't. On the other hand, the geeks have won if computing has become so pervasive.

He did it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34590916)

for the LULZ!

PS) Since when is two $100 bills and a bunch of $1s considered "a wad" worthy of bragging about?

Re:He did it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591134)

That's enough green to put some spinner hubcaps on the 'ol 1998 Accord Sedan.

Re:He did it (1)

LoP_XTC (312463) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591660)

That's enough green to put some spinner hubcaps on the 'ol 1998 Accord Sedan.

Not in my area, here it would be the amount required for them to put a down payment on a set of rent to own spinners. After which they then go to the local check into cash or title loan and put up the title of the car they just put the spinners on to make the next payment on the rims.

Amazing the number of cars in my area where the rims cost more than the car they are on, and the driver is making payments on both.

Re:He did it (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592264)

AC said hubcaps, not rims. Hubcaps are those things you put over the standard steel rim that comes on the base model cars.

Even the SCUM are implementing technology (1)

Agent__Smith (168715) | more than 2 years ago | (#34590958)

I'm sure that this fine upstanding young man was just doing it to show off and demonstrate that he was powerful. Marking his turf. Kind of like when my wife's chihuahua pisses around the house. The funny thing is that the chihuahua has more class than this looser.

Re:Even the SCUM are implementing technology (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34590990)

Which is why someone should find him, beat him within an inch of his life and post a picture of themselves hoisting his barely-breathing body into a dumpster.

Re:Even the SCUM are implementing technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591684)

+1

Guess we'll see if Darwin was right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34590974)

If this guy manages to successfully breed then Darwin might have been wrong but I think it also would weigh against "intelligent design".

Re:Guess we'll see if Darwin was right (5, Insightful)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591180)

If this guy manages to successfully breed then Darwin might have been wrong but I think it also would weigh against "intelligent design".

This fool will outbreed you. And make you pay for it.

Re:Guess we'll see if Darwin was right (4, Insightful)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591230)

This fool will outbreed you. And make you pay for it.

And that, my friends, is the welfare state in a nutshell.

Re:Guess we'll see if Darwin was right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591380)

WTF... welfare state? Burglary falls strictly under the category of individual enterprise, I'm afraid. Unless the state is offering some truly unique training and make-work programs these days.

Re:Guess we'll see if Darwin was right (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591666)

WTF... welfare state? Burglary falls strictly under the category of individual enterprise, I'm afraid.

Read more closely, were not talking about burglary at this point.

Re:Guess we'll see if Darwin was right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591760)

No, this happens world wide and has almost nothing to do with the welfare state. The welfare state only enables them 9 instead of 7 children vs. your 2 or 3.

Re:Guess we'll see if Darwin was right (1)

clone52431 (1805862) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591820)

The welfare state only enables them 9 instead of 7 children vs. your 2 or 3.

You missed the part about “And make you pay for it”.

Re:Guess we'll see if Darwin was right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591374)

Correct. He will outbreed us all - survival of the sexually fittest.

Re:Guess we'll see if Darwin was right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591532)

Oh *giggle*. I love... dangerous men. Come here. You're so hot. My husband will never find out. Ooh yeah, that's right. No, it's all right. Don't use a condom. It's not really that close to my time, and I want to feel such a strong man. Mmm... that was great. Wait, where are you going? "Whore? Bitch?" Don't you dare talk me like that. *giggle* I can't wait to see him again.

And this, Slashdot, is why I hate women.

Re:Guess we'll see if Darwin was right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34592422)

If this guy manages to successfully breed then Darwin might have been wrong but I think it also would weigh against "intelligent design".

He's a leech off of society. That's a fairly successful survival strategy; Darwin would approve.

"Show us you're down for the cause." (1)

Lashat (1041424) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591002)

I almost have to believe that someone put this theif up to the stunt. "Prove you got what it takes to be one of us." or some other "making your bones" testing of the new guy. "Do this, get caught, don't rat and we will have bigger and better things for you afterwards." Or maybe he just missed someone in jail that he really wanted to spend the holidays with. There is deifinately some unique logic at work here.

Re:"Show us you're down for the cause." (2)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592308)

Most likely possibility is that the victim had Facebook set to autologin and the thief forgot to log out when he was posting the pic.

Criminal Darwinism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591010)

Brought to you by incessant narcissism, thug mentality, and social networking.

Another Xfinity ad! (1)

lsmo (1106631) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591158)

So I am guessing the next pic will be of Ben Stein. Must have been a very large 15yr old, because the jacket fits Shaq o' so well. Lol

Re:Another Xfinity ad! (1)

HelioWalton (1821492) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592026)

The jacket did not belong to the kid, it belonged to the father. That was in TFA though, so I don't hold it against you!

Bloody taffers! (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591170)

I'll find you! ...oh well, it was probably nothing.

Re:Bloody taffers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591284)

So are you saying the guy from the Post should track down the thief tear out his eye and use it to start an age of darkness?

Because I am so down with that.

No backup? WTH? (4, Insightful)

scottv67 (731709) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591262)

From the fine article:

The good news, of course, is that no one was hurt, and virtually everything the burglar took is replaceable. One exception: On my son's computer, but never backed up, was one of the greatest documents ever, something he would have cherished all his life. He had meticulously kept a running list of every movie he had ever seen, hundreds and hundreds, with his comments on each. It's gone -- a reminder of the new reality that computers and Facebook have created, a world in which a document meant to last a lifetime can disappear in an instant, and a photograph meant as an impulsive gloat lives forever.

How is it that someone has a laptop where important files (files other than the OS and apps that can be re-installed from original media) aren't backed-up to removable media or a service like Carbonite, Mozy, etc.? This isn't 1995 when "backup" meant inserting and removing multiple 1.44MB floppies.

Re:No backup? WTH? (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591512)

How is it that someone has a laptop where important files aren't backed up...

People don't think about backups. I actually like Windows 7's backup nag... i think that's probably gotten more backups done than anything anyone else has done in the history of computers.

Re:No backup? WTH? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591802)

Or you could just use OSX and Time Machine and have it do auto backups for you. No need to nag unless it can't reach the backup server.

Re:No backup? WTH? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591518)

or, you know, actually keep that list on the internet somewhere, i'm pretty sure if you have an account on imdb you can do something like this. or go ahead and post on facebook that you watched movie x and blah blah blah

Re:No backup? WTH? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591546)

Where did you manage to get "original media" for your OS? My computer, sure as hell, didn't come with any!

Re:No backup? WTH? (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592350)

Don't buy your computers at BestBuy. Dell and HP allow you to select to have your media shipped with the computer, totally worth the $5 charge.

Re:No backup? WTH? (1)

flowwolf (1824892) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591584)

Because he's a 15 year old? Seriously, not everyone is a data hoarder. Removable media is no more safe a backup. A subscription based service isn't exactly what people want to do either. Nobody thinks "i need to back this file up" just as people wouldn't think they need multiple copies of important paper documents. Myself, I use Google Docs to back up personal documents. This is something I picked up from years of experience. In no way is practices like this considered common knowledge. Give the kid a break.

Re:No backup? WTH? (1)

clone52431 (1805862) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591610)

Removable media is no more safe a backup.

Keeping two up-to-date copies is always more safe than having just one, regardless of what sort of media it’s stored on. If there’s even a chance of reading it back off, it’s better than not having it at all.

Re:No backup? WTH? (1)

flowwolf (1824892) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591918)

The media it is stored on doesn't mean anything to the information itself. Backing it up on a home server or a cloud service are my recommended practices. No where did I say that backing up isn't a good idea. I only say that removable media is a volatile approach to backing up and subscription services aren't worth the money since there are free alternatives.

Also, did I mention this kid is a kid? You don't berate someone inexperienced for not knowing best practices. You encourage them to learn from those mistakes. Backing data up doesn't occur to most people, let alone a teenager on facebook, as being important.

Re:No backup? WTH? (1)

clone52431 (1805862) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592046)

No where did I say that backing up isn't a good idea. I only say that removable media is a volatile approach to backing up

Perhaps volatile, but still a perfectly good backup unless you’re expecting it to have a shelf life of years.

Also, did I mention this kid is a kid? You don't berate someone inexperienced for not knowing best practices. You encourage them to learn from those mistakes. Backing data up doesn't occur to most people, let alone a teenager on facebook, as being important.

And luckily all he lost in this learning experience was just a silly list of movies anyway, not really anything that’s truly valuable.

Re:No backup? WTH? (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591634)

was one of the greatest documents ever, something he would have cherished all his life. He had meticulously kept a running list of every movie he had ever seen, hundreds and hundreds, with his comments on each.

If you cherish this your whole life, you have no life.

Re:No backup? WTH? (2)

kubernet3s (1954672) | more than 2 years ago | (#34591896)

You see this all the time where I work (tech support for a small university): when people don't back stuff up, it's the computer's fault for not being a stone tablet keep in a salt-cavern in Siberia. If his son had been keeping a notebook with said list in it, the loss of that notebook to fire or water wouldn't be "a reminder of a new reality where paper and ink are no match for the whims of nature." People need to realize that expecting your computer never to be lost or to break is as unrealistic as, if not more so than, expecting a sheet of looseleaf to do the same.

Re:No backup? WTH? (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592268)

You, Sir, need to get out of your basement and mingle with the average computer user more often. We've got billion dollar social networks based on airing your humilitation.

No password protection.. helped? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591270)

So if Mark's 15 year old son had actually password protected his laptop, the thief most likely wouldn't have been able to post a picture of himself on the son's facebook page, and they wouldn't have any idea what he looked like.

This is by far the best argument I've heard for not protecting your computer & storing your facebook password in your web browser..

Idiot tag (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591328)

I presume the idiot tag is for the moron that wrote the summary and doesn't know how to conjugate the verb burglarize. Burgled indeed.

TNB, not news here. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591552)

Typical nigger behavior. No news, just what DC/Baltimore is filled with.

bah (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591576)

Fucking niggers!

typical subhuman behavior (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591648)

unga bunga bunga binga bonga banga boo!

a liberal is a conservative who hasn't been mugged (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34591974)

Scum like this need to be shot dead.

That's it.

There is no other solution.

Wait until you're a victim of such scum, and you will find yourself
agreeing. Just you wait and see.

Re:a liberal is a conservative who hasn't been mug (1, Interesting)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592196)

I happen to disagree entirely.

Not because I feel much sympathy for thieves... believe it or not, I have been robbed. In fact, some barbarian got into my car, went through the glove box, and stole my GPS, just last weekend. Not to mention the time my old apartment got broken into and laptop stolen, or the few other times I have been taken, robbed, etc. Hell about 10 years ago I was a drug dealer for all of 2 weeks.... got shut down and put out of business by a box that was supposed to be filled with weed, and instead ended up being the most expensive pack of marshmallows that I ever bought.

So why would I not be in favor of just killing them? Well... I have a friend who used to be a thief. He stole cars, he did all manner of bad things. What does he do now? Well... he spent the past 15 years turning his life around. He has been working as a professional Carpenter for almost 8 years before an unfortunate accident with a saw sent him home and back to school. (and showed him and all our friends that insurance companies can be bigger crooks than outright thieves.... seriously... the games they play are downright abusive)

People grow up, people change. Killing one doesn't stop the next one, its not even a particularly good deterrent (actually severity of punishment is easy to show is not a good deterrent) on the other hand, increasing the likelyhood of being caught, even with relatively minor punishment, turns out to be a far more effective deterrent. (lojack is more effective, for example, than long jail sentences at reducing theft rates).

So.... in the end, harsh punishments are really just petty attempts to make the victim FEEL better. They don't really lessen crime rates. Which makes them perfect for justification of increasing budgets.... a bureaucratic wet dream... an ineffective and expensive remedy that people like, and keep coming back for.... it is political crack.

-Steve

Re:a liberal is a conservative who hasn't been mug (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592294)

You're assuming that whenever the rest of us suffers misfortune at the hand of another person, we want their entire demographic obliterated. Thankfully, not many people think like you.

Welcome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34592312)

Welcome to Barak Obama's America. Since Obama gave permission for have-nots to confiscate wealth from the hard-working, productive Americans, these crimes with no remorse are to be expected. Who do you think this burglar voted for?

My last straw for ACs (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 2 years ago | (#34592320)

Nothing like a Black or Mexican mugshot to bring out the AC epithets. I'll miss the legitimate AC comments unfortunately...

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