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Googling For Prospective Date Unmasks Fugitive

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the a-different-name-would-be-good dept.

The Courts 381

pgrote writes "So you're a guy on the run - you decide to switch towns, put down some roots and start dating again. But if your special new friend happens to be someone who checks her potential dates by searching on Google, you're in trouble. Seems that LaShawn Pettus-Brown was caught by his date's discovery of him on an FBI site of fugitives, even after local Cincinnati news media couldn't find him. Score one for the Internet."

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Re:JewPranks.com declares WAR on GNAA! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120712)

Does your site support the deporation of Jews in concentrations camps and then gassing them and burning them until they're dead?

Near the top post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120663)

If not first...

phew!!! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120664)

Wow. That's even worse than finding your wifes picture on a dating site!!!

SP for the new CHICK (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120665)

There's a new chick on Slashsdot [slashdot.org] and it's very hot. Check out it's homepage! [jinwicked.com]

What if she finds out... (3, Funny)

nmoog (701216) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120667)

...that I post to slashdot. Oh dear.

Re:What if she finds out... (0)

ciroknight (601098) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120675)

Kiss your dreams of ever being with a lady goodbye if you even have to THINK about slashdot....

rofl! (5, Funny)

f13nd (555737) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120668)

owned by a geek-chick

In Cincinnati... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120670)

...the Internet searches for you!

Re:In Cincinnati... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120780)

Now that's funny. And just when I thought we'd seen the last of the "In ..." stuff.

Technology is a double edged sword.. (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120671)


1980: Do you have Herpes?

1986: Do you have AIDS?

1995: I have pepper spray.

2004: I have Google.

Oh well.. at least RealDolls [realdoll.com] can't use search engines.. yet..

Re:Technology is a double edged sword.. (5, Funny)

thdougherty (633759) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120682)

Oh if only I knew of RealDolls before I got married...

They're so lifelike!!!

Re:Technology is a double edged sword.. (3, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120875)

Don't be silly. They never say a word.

KFG

BE CAREFUL OF LINK! (1, Informative)

LnxAddct (679316) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120716)

For those who read slashdot in work or at school, the RealDolls link in the above posting leads to a porn site. Its clean porn, not goatse stuff if your wondering (not that I looked ...)
Regards,
Steve

Re:BE CAREFUL OF LINK! (1)

LnxAddct (679316) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120731)

but for those of you who are really interested...its not real porn.
-Steve

Re:BE CAREFUL OF LINK! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120739)

For those who read slashdot at work or at school, the parent poster is a holier than thou fag who sodomizes little boys. Oh and the grandparent leads to, not a porn site, but a site with fuck-dolls.

Re:BE CAREFUL OF LINK! (1)

LnxAddct (679316) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120799)

I love how an AC has all the balls in the world. If your comment about me was because I ended my post with "not that i looked..." turn on your sarcasm meter, who the hell would look at naked dolls?
Regards,
Steve

Re:BE CAREFUL OF LINK! (5, Funny)

martinX (672498) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120818)

who the hell would look at naked dolls

Ken?

Re:BE CAREFUL OF LINK! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120750)

Porn? It's not porn! It's just a website where lonely geeks can find a friend who is rather...easy to burst into flames if too close to a fire. That's discrimination, brother!

Re:BE CAREFUL OF LINK! (3, Informative)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120785)

No, it's a sex toy site. The sex toys just happen to look like naked women.

Yes, some might well consider that pornographic. Others might simply consider it a display of wares.

Yeah, it's not safe for work so your warning is valid. No, I'm not just being pedantic. I really thought your post might need a little clarifying.

Yes, I've looked. Big deal.

KFG

Re:BE CAREFUL OF LINK! (1)

Dukael_Mikakis (686324) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120824)

If only you used Firebird [mozilla.org] with the downloadable Preferences bar [mozdev.org] to surf with images disabled. It helps when you incidentally stumble into some questionable material at work or anywhere else. You can RealDoll [realdoll.com] all day and just see blocks in place of images. That is, until your sysadmin starts checking access logs.

Major Major Major (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120672)

Man, I bet this guy is wishing his parents had given him a more common name than "LaShawn Pettus-Brown"...

Or more brains (2, Insightful)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120722)

At least enough to not use it once it's been soiled .

Re:Major Major Major (5, Funny)

robbyjo (315601) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120726)

I bet this guy is wishing his parents had given him a more common name

Yeah, like... Anonymous Coward... That would score 138K hits in Google [google.com]

Now that's journalism (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120674)

So the 'local Cincinnati news media' couldn't even perform a simple google search and find out for themselves? Makes you wonder about the standards and quality of what actually does make it into the news there.

Re:Now that's journalism (0, Offtopic)

weeboo0104 (644849) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120730)

Looks like the Cincinnati news media finally got wise to the story. [enquirer.com]

From the article:"Internet search engines, such as Google and Yahoo, can turn up a variety of information about people and their interests. Using the Internet as a personal private detective is gaining in popularity in the dating world, as a way to background potential suitors, and to track down former classmates, relatives or genealogy information. The practice is becoming so commonplace that the word Google is being used a verb.

The newpaper editor Googling skills might have improved, but not their proofreading skills.

Re:Now that's journalism (3, Funny)

LanceTaylor (166490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120810)

The newpaper editor Googling skills might have improved, but not their proofreading skills.

Neither have yours... ;-)

Hey, read the article! (5, Insightful)

marnanel (98063) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120765)

If the Cincinatti media had googled him, they'd have found exactly what they already knew: that there was a warrant out for his arrest. The only sort of person who could have found both halves of the story by googling is the sort of person who did: someone who knew him and his whereabouts personally, but needed Google to tell her that he was a fugitive.

Re:Now that's journalism (1)

GizmoToy (450886) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120775)

Ok, it's not that bad here. Typing someone's name into Google to find that they've been in the news is one thing... but typing his name into Google and does not return his profile from the dating site. That's the only way THEY could have found him.

Re:Now that's journalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120776)

Umm, if you bothered to read you would know the people
in the media already knew about him. Its just someone
who saw him on some dating site did a background check on him
found out he is a fugitive. Guess if the people in the
media or the police decided to look around and troll for
dates they might find one or two people (a waste of time though).


Oh yeah, its slashdot. Nobody ever reads the articles.

Um... (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120845)

What are you talking about?

The media knew he was a fugitive, but didn't know where he was. Neither did the FBI, so I don't know how you could blame them. But they had a bunch of articles about them, as you'd see if you checked Google yourself.

The woman knew where he was, but she didn't know he was a fugitive. Until she searched on Google, finding both the FBI page and the various Cincinnati news items.

So, what were you talking about again?

Re:Now that's journalism (3, Insightful)

Awptimus Prime (695459) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120866)

If they would have done a google search on him, they just would have found news articles.

His new home address didn't show up, nothing about his new home was there. This was pretty much left for anyone who had just met him to give 'em the google to find out he's in trouble.

What this article demonstrates is quite easily summed up in one phrase: ignorant sensationalism

IQ test (3, Insightful)

Lurkingrue (521019) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120678)

OK -- now how stupid is a fugitive for giving his real name to anyone?

Re:IQ test (2, Insightful)

sirsnork (530512) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120740)

Espcially when you're 6 foot 7.. how many people would there be in the world that have that name and are that tall

Re:IQ test (4, Informative)

rosie_bhjp (40538) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120773)

Even more stupid is the City of Cincinnati. They gave this guy $180k+ in loans without doing so much as a background check. A brief background is here [enquirer.com] . As a citizen of Cincinnati, I've been following this case and I am absolutely dumbfounded at the ineptness of all the people involved. It really is mind-boggling. They were so concerned about cutting through the bureaucratic red tape they forgot the red tape was there for a reason.

Re:IQ test (1)

ckd (72611) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120817)

Even more stupid is the City of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati's had issues for a while. In 1977 they elected a new mayor--Jerry Springer.

This was after he'd resigned from the city council after being caught up in a vice investigation...hint, don't pay prostitutes with checks.

Re:IQ test (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120829)

Jerry Springer is the best mayor Cincy ever had, bitch. And the best nightly news anchor. So fuck you. He will be a senator one day, and he will be president in 2024.

Re:IQ test (5, Funny)

eric2hill (33085) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120781)

I called our phone company at work and asked if they sold Caller IQ because, as I explained, there are many idiots at our office and I would like to screen my callers based on their IQ. The sales person didn't have it available yet. Dammit.

You have to wonder (5, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120679)

If your potential date discovers you sell penis enlargement items on the internet for a living, will that help or hurt your chances?

Re:You have to wonder (1)

Cosmik (730707) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120710)

I guess that depends on whether you use them or not.

Re:You have to wonder (1)

I Be Hatin' (718758) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120813)

I guess that depends on whether you use them or not.

Or whether they do or not...

Re:You have to wonder (1)

Red Pointy Tail (127601) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120828)

Don't worry, even if she discovers, it is a simple problem, easily solved with duct tape, a monkey and some explosives.

OK, geeks... (2, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120680)


That's why you know it's best not to date.

I revoke your reproductive rights (-1)

Big Blingin (744015) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120708)

...since it is obvious that you are such a blight upon society, that it is better for the universe in general that you not procreate. Go drink some orange juice and read the Wall Street Journal why doncha? Towelie....

Re:I revoke your reproductive rights (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120755)

Yeah, you sure got the joke.

Hrm (5, Insightful)

iswm (727826) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120681)

I would think getting your name changed would help quite a bit. Seems kind of silly to post your real name in the google personals if you're wanted by the FBI.

That's not me... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120683)

That's just someone with my name... and my picture... and my fingerprints.

Let me guess (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120688)

the guy was black

All backwards! (3, Funny)

Complicity (30481) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120695)

...was caught by his date's discovery of him on an FBI site of fugitives...
Hmmm, I wonder how many people use the FBI Fugitive List in order to find potential dates...

what a horrible way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120696)

what a horrible way to get caught....

Just a tip... (1)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120697)

Don't register LaShawnPettusBrown.com for your blog, unless you want to evade the Cincy cops.

count me out (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120698)

I wouldn't date anyone who would Google someone before dating them. Why would you want to start things off on that foot? Is she going to be going through your wallet by the second week of the relationship? Demanding the keys to your front door and the passcode to your voicemail by the third week?

Let these holier-than-though uptight paranoid, condescending bitches do their googling - just keep them the fuck away from me. I date real women.

Re:count me out (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120797)

Let these holier-than-though uptight paranoid, condescending bitches do their googling - just keep them away from me. I date real women.

Don't you mean real dolls? [realdoll.com]

Once yuo pop... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120702)

teh fun never stops!!!!!1

IPO Coming, can Scroogol be far away ??? (1)

Dave21212 (256924) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120704)


Wow, this should start a minor surge in traffic...

I wonder if they are planning to capitalize on it, maybe a reference service like Froogle, but for dating.

Can Scroogol [google.com] be far off ???

Re:IPO Coming, can Scroogol be far away ??? (2, Funny)

I Be Hatin' (718758) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120777)

I wonder if they are planning to capitalize on it, maybe a reference service like Froogle, but for dating.

If they're launching a dating service, they should call it "Go ogle". Dating services are already known to be meat markets...

potential mate googles for my name (1)

Xpilot (117961) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120707)

...and finds that I hang out on Slashdot most of the time, and also on techie forums and mailing lists. Poof! There goes all my chances.

I had a similar experience (3, Interesting)

TekZen (611640) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120711)

When I was in the market for my first house (9 months ago), I thought I had found the perfect house.

Then I searched Google for the address and learned that the previous owner had died in the house.

He was in the attic working on the electrical when a small fire broke out. He got the fire out but died from the smoke.

His father was selling the house.

It was all a little too much for me.

-Jackson

Re:I had a similar experience (1)

MajorDick (735308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120735)

Suprised it wasnt disclosed.

MANY states require sellers to disclose things like that

Re:I had a similar experience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120795)

Wow, do you know what I heard can happen if you live in a house that someone died in?

Not a god damned thing!

Re:I had a similar experience (2, Interesting)

weeboo0104 (644849) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120796)

So did my neighbor. He had just graduated High School and wanted to buy a car. He and his dad found one listed in the local paper and went to check it out. His dad noticed the car had been repainted recently with a different color when he looked inside the doorframes. The seller said it was because of "hail damage" but my friend and his dad didn't buy the story (or the car). The checked the VIN on the Internet and found that the seller was the father of a man who had killed a couple of girls in the area, one of which was a girl my friend and I went to school with. The father was trying to sell the car that his son had hidden the girls bodies in the trunk!

True story. The killers name was Leslie Allen Williams and I believe within the next couple of years, he was killed in prison.

Re:I had a similar experience (4, Interesting)

wass (72082) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120811)

If you're not superstitious or spooked by that sort of stuff, it's a great way to get a cheap house. This girl I know just bought a rowhouse at about half the market value because the previous owner hung himself. The fact wasn't announced, but she happened to ask the listing agent why the price was so low, so they were required to answer.

The awkward thing is that one one of her friends, while helping her move in, took a swig from the 7-Up bottle in the fridge. Turns out that bottle of 7-Up was part of the dead former owner's last meal.

One more reason I don't date (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120714)

Oh, who am I kidding... I'm on Slashdot.

Double edge sword (4, Insightful)

cybermint (255744) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120718)

The internet has great power, indeed. But this power is not without detriment, namely to privacy. While I may sleep a little better knowing a fugative has been brought to justice, I am also worried about how my own personal information may be widely available to those who would use it maliciously. Not trying to make any conclusions here; just food for thought.

Poor Mr. G (1)

Cosmik (730707) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120723)

Yes, poor Mr Goatse Man.

Maybe this is the exact same reason he can't find a date. I mean, it couldn't be for any other reason, could it?

Re:Poor Mr. G (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120826)

Mr. Goatse is married, remember?
I'd send you to go see him, but...*sniff*...

A fugitive who gave his real name? (1)

InfiniteWisdom (530090) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120741)

Not the brightest fella, is he? Or did his date also ask for 6 points of ID?

Darwin Award potential here (5, Interesting)

John Jorsett (171560) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120742)

Only a moron would use his real name when he's on the lam. I can go to several locations in my city and come away with an authentic-looking drivers's license, social security card, whatever. Hell, I can even get a Mexican Matricula Consular card, even though you can read in the dark by my skin color. This woman deserves a reward for removing this guy's genes from the pool, even if temporarily.

What else would you expect? (1)

RevRa (1728) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120743)

I live in Cincinnati. Keep in mind that Jerry Springer was once mayor of this city.

I tell people, "Cincinnati is a nice town, but it's like you died and woke up in Republican heaven."

Re:What else would you expect? (2, Funny)

rosie_bhjp (40538) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120804)

heh same here. Remember what Mark Twain said about Cincy...

"When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it's always twenty years behind the times."

cognitive dissonance (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120840)

re: Mayor Jerry Springer == Republican heaven

Re:What else would you expect? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120849)

'I live in Cincinnati. Keep in mind that Jerry Springer was once mayor of this city.

I tell people, "Cincinnati is a nice town, but it's like you died and woke up in Republican heaven."'

nice contradiction. springer is a dem.

I guess I'm safe (3, Interesting)

G-funk (22712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120747)

I used to be the top result from google, but now it's some tennis player. I'm on the first page, but it's not my homepage, just something I posted to a PHP mailing list a thousand years ago.

Seriously tho, anybody who dates somebody off the internet without at least having a go at googling their name, is nearly as stupid as anybody who's got an outstanding arrest warrant and gives out their real name.

Re:I guess I'm safe (1)

iswm (727826) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120832)

Heh, if you google my name you don't get anything about me. But you'll get plenty of stuff about an English professor, and an author of a handful of big selling books. I'd say I'm good to go.

Got nothing on me! (1, Insightful)

adept256 (732470) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120753)

You should all try your own names.

I tried googling on my name and I got no hits... I guess I avoid using my real name on the 'net most of the time ;)

Re:Got nothing on me! (1)

welshsocialist (542986) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120862)

I just tried my name. The first result is an online store selling a book on the Bibical account of Joshua. It's kinda funny in a way.

Tsk, tsk... no using Googling as a verb... (1, Interesting)

Dave21212 (256924) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120754)


Especially as a gerund !

Contrary to popular [google.com] belief, Google is not supposed to be a verb [wikipedia.org]

Google decidedly does not approve. [slashdot.org]

thankfully... (1)

caino59 (313096) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120758)

I share the spelling of my first and last name with the keyboardist from journey

makes it a lil harder to find me :oP

Re:thankfully... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120789)

:::searches google::

"Jonathan Cain" -Journey

You sexually assaulted a donkey back in 1977?!?!

Re:thankfully... (1)

PeteQC (680043) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120884)

My name is the same as a dessinator from Disney and from a Quebec TV Show star. When I google for my own site, i'm in the 3rd page or more...

damn (2, Funny)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120759)

Oh, damn. Here I was, thinking google was starting a new dating service - called Fugitive. :)

It'd probably be immensely popular. "Check to see if this man is a fugitive? Yes | No"

Unbelievably cheap bastard (5, Funny)

SysKoll (48967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120761)

From the article: The city lost more than $184,000 on the project after investing heavily in Pettus-Brown's failed plan to rehabilitate the 90-year-old theater on Vine Street. The FBI has said that nearly $93,000 of the money the city paid Pettus-Brown is missing.

So the guy steals about 100K and invites a date to freaking Applebee?! EIther he's really a cheap bastard or he already spent it all.

Men these days. You cannot even get a French restaurant date out of a rich thief anymore.

Googling for dates? (5, Funny)

artemis67 (93453) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120767)

Hmmm... could be interesting... lemesee...

+blonde +thirtysomething +"blue eyes" -kids +"36 24 36" -smoker +5'11" +model +"into geeky guys"

Wha? Zero results?

Re:Googling for dates? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120864)

you're gay, or did you forget +woman?

LaShawn (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120771)

This is a little offtopic, and a trifle condescending, but do we care enough about children not to give them asinine names?
How many Trawandas, DeLeroys, and Yasomethins do we need?
When you're thinking about naming your twins Orangello and Lemonjello , you should first consider whether or not sharing your genetic information is wise.
True, sex feels great, but consider the ascetic pleasure of knowing that you chose not to pass on a taste for absurd names to your progeny. Europe is clearly leading in this area.
I don't know if this is becasue the women are just too chic to consider motherhood, the men are too busy planting their seed where it cannot grow, or they are simply given to better taste.
Regardless, please do us all a favor and get a proper book of names, and don't give a child a name that is going to raise hackles for their whole life.
There are far better ways to express individuality than naming a poor infant LeDeZeppelin.
Thank you for your attention.
FINEX RANTEX

Re:LaShawn (1)

vegetablespork (575101) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120857)

Actually, it's not that far off-topic. Having a unique name is a handicap to one's privacy. Consider the difference in results for googling "John Smith" vs. "DeLeroy Deville."

When will people learn? (2, Insightful)

saskboy (600063) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120778)

If you are going to commit a serious crime these days, you'd better make darn sure that you know your way around a computer before using one on the Internet. The trails that we leave are beyond most people's comprehensions, and I would hate to think what could be done to me or any other ordinary person if someone set their mind to mischief.

Background checks (1, Interesting)

Ozone Depletion (738650) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120779)

I like to do simple background checks I on people I meet online (not random people), the first place I check is google [google.com] (sometimes i use visisimo [vivisimo.com] ). Admittedly, I'm no where near as good as those companies you pay (at least I don't think I am, I really wouldn't know though). Generally I only trust people that I can find legit information on (whether it's big or small), otherwise they're just another Alias to me.

Re:Background checks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120850)

I would believe you, but I googled for your name. Everything I read says that "Ozone Depletion" is bad. Really bad.

Re:Background checks (0)

Ozone Depletion (738650) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120872)

haha, people I meet, as in, people that try to give me a name that sounds real and other such info. take everything with a grain of salt... is that the right expression?

Eluding the FBI for Dummies... (2, Funny)

fatray (160258) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120791)

suggests that you not use your real name when you are on the run from the FBI. It might also be a good idea to steal more than $180k--that won't let you live it up for long in NYC.

A life of crime wasn't the best choice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120800)

Being 6'7" makes some things easier, like dunking a basketball. It doesn't do wonders for a criminal career, though. Try fading away into a crowd or just being inconspicuous.

Maybe it works the other way as well. (5, Funny)

Karplusan (731780) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120806)

Hmmm, so if girls check google on their guys... Say, how does one go about getting their webpage put in the top of Google? I was thinking of trying to register http://www.heisthebest.com/ and of course, put my name all over it. I see no flaws in my plan.

I guess that won't help much... (1)

abertoll (460221) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120825)

... if they change names.

Oh, like this is a surprise. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120848)

Nigger is as nigger does..

I swear I'm not that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8120856)

...Joel Rifkin.

Where did the money go? (1)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120868)

I suspect in a Swiss Bank account. If he had that money on him he could have easily created a fake ID and fake name and started over again. Lucky he was not smart enough to do that and used his real name and got caught.

Wake up Orion, the Google has you! :)

Re:Where did the money go? (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120885)

Naaa. Maintaining enough of a 'presence' to convince a city council to give you almost 200 large costs money to begin with.

I expect it's mostly gone.

i suppose i dont exist... (1)

josh3736 (745265) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120873)

as i tried my name and got only one hit.

and its not even me, its another me from colorado.

damn.

Make sure they don't read /. (2, Funny)

jaymzter (452402) | more than 10 years ago | (#8120878)

If you have a common enough name and **aren't** on the lam you might be okay. Just make sure she doesn't know your l337 /. name or you're dead!
...Oh shit, you're all heading for Google now...
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