Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Facebook Follies

"Vanessa Palm and Alexander Rust, two 20-something Americans vacationing in the Bahamas last February, decided to catch and eat an iguana - a species protected under Bahamian law. Unfortunately for them, they also decided to post pictures on Facebook of their illicit meal.

"Bahamian authorities were alerted to the photos, and promptly proceeded to track down and arrest the two tourists for killing and eating a protected iguana.

"Perhaps they used the jail time to debate whether or not it tasted like chicken.

"Similarly, a 20-year-old employee of a Petland pet store in Ohio not only drowned rabbits from the store, she creepily bragged about it on her Facebook "wall." Someone from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) learned of this, and she was soon charged with two counts of animal cruelty.

"Meanwhile, it wasn't enough for 38-year-old Jacob Rehm of Morrisville, Vt., to steal a tour bus from his former employer, Lamoille Valley Transportation, and take it on a joyride. No, he had to go and make a four minute video of his little adventure (complete with a tour of the $500,000 bus itself) and post it on YouTube.

"After the bus was recovered in another town and Rehm was charged with the theft, the prosecutors found that video very helpful when they went to court."

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