Top 10 Internet Jokes that Got People Arrested — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Internet Jokes that Got People Arrested 10. Paul Chambers Takes Offense to Snow In early January 2010, heavy snow threatened
to ruin flight plans from Doncaster airport and local Paul Chambers wasn’t happy. He
wrote on Twitter, “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to
get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” One week after the tweet, South Yorkshire
police arrived at the hapless tweeter’s workplace with a printout of the offending
tweet. In the first case of its kind in the United Kingdom, Chambers was arrested under
the Terrorism Act, interrogated, and banned from the airport for life. According to Chambers,
the policeman who interviewed him had no idea what Twitter was. Detectives took his laptop,
iPhone and computer and put him on bail. He was finally cleared after two and a half years
when Crown Court judges said the tweet was clearly meant as a joke. It was definitely
an ill-advised joke, but it certainly didn’t deserve that reaction. 9. Justin Carter Makes a Ridiculous Threat Justin Carter was arguing with friends on
Facebook about the video game League of Legends when someone jokingly called him sick in the
head. He humored them, saying, “I’m f—ed in the head alright. I think I’ma SHOOT
of one of them,” an obviously melodramatic if not particularly tasteful claim that was
followed by Justin saying he was just kidding. However, a Canadian woman didn’t take the
joke well and called the police. Justin was arrested on Valentine’s Day 2013 and sent
to jail. His father made a petition to free him in November 2013 and the case
continues to this day, with the now 19 year old still facing a felony terrorism charge
after being bailed out for $500,000 by an anonymous donor. Justin’s attorney Don Flanary
said that in his 10 years of practicing law he had never seen bail set that high, even
for murderers and rapists. Worse still, defense lawyers say the police
deliberately misquoted Justin’s comments and lied in their warrant. They were alleged
to have changed the wording of his Facebook comment and said they matched Carter’s driver
license photo to his profile picture on Facebook, when Carter doesn’t even have a driver’s
license. But hey, at least Kindergartens around the country are safe from sarcastic threats. 8. Zhai Xiaobing Parodies Final Destination Zhai Xiaobing, a Chinese blogger and resident
of Beijing, joked about a parody of the Final Destination movies under Twitter handle @Stariver
after circumventing the country’s strict controls on social media. He said, “#Spoilertweet;
#Proceed with Caution; Final Destination 6 is being released. The Great Hall of the People
suddenly collapses, only 7 of the 2,000 plus people attending the meeting survive, yet
each dies one-by-one in a bizarre fashion afterward. Is it God’s game or Death’s
wrath? How did the mysterious number 18 open the gates of Hell? Shocking debut on November
8 in theaters worldwide!” Zhai was confirmed to be in a detention center
for “a microblog post containing false information on the internet.” He then went radio silent.
Concerned friend Liu Yanping investigated and found that he and his laptop had disappeared.
Family members told her that they had been seized by police, who accused Zhai of terrorism.
A petition in support of him was signed by prominent Chinese activists. It’s well known
that the Chinese government monitors Twitter even though it’s blocked, so this is not
the first case of its kind. In 2010, human rights activist Cheng Jianping was sentenced
to a year in a labor camp after retweeting a tweet that supposedly disrupted social order. 7. Dutch Teenager Threatens American Airlines In a case that took the media by storm, a
14 year old Dutch girl called Sarah and known as @QueenDemetriax_ on Twitter was arrested
by Rotterdam police after a tweet that threatened an Al-Qaeda attack on American Airlines. The
Tweet said: “@AmericanAir hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m
part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.” The American Airlines account responded quickly,
saying they “take these threats very seriously” and that her IP address would be forwarded
to the FBI. She subsequently pleaded with the airline over Twitter, saying “it was
my friend not me” and “I’m so scared I’m just a 14-year-old white girl I’m
not a terrorist,” before turning herself in to a local police station. Rotterdam police
later confirmed on their Twitter account that she’d been arrested. Her Twitter account quickly gained 30,000
followers, leading Sarah to consider auctioning her Twitter handle, with bids starting at
$500 before the account was deleted. She was the subject of Internet-wide ridicule, but
other Twitter users didn’t learn from her mistakes and sent dozens of similar threats. 6. British Tourists to “Destroy America” Tourists Leigh van Bryan and Emily Bunting
were arrested in Los Angeles for two tweets from Bryan’s account that read: “Free
this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America” and “3 weeks today,
we’re totally in LA p****** people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin’ Marilyn Monroe
up!” Armed guards took him literally and searched
his bag for shovels and spades, thinking he actually intended to dig up Marilyn Monroe’s
grave with Bunting as his lookout. The tweet was a reference to Family Guy, while the tourists
explained that, in context, their use of the word “destroy” just meant “party”
in British slang. A full body search was done on Ms. Bunting, and then the two were put
in a prison cell and subsequently denied admission to the United States and forced to return
home. Presumably even if they were allowed to return to the US in the future, they wouldn’t
be thrilled about doing so. 5. Timebomb at a P!nk Concert An Australian teenager was on his way to a
P!nk concert when he tweeted “@Pink I’m ready with my Bomb. Time to blow up #RodLaverArena.
Bitch.” The Tweet was in reference to her song “Timebomb,” which authorities were
presumably not familiar with when they decided to use the boy’s Twitter profile picture
to find him in a crowd of 12,000 waiting fans and force him out of the arena. At first police
intended to be lenient with him, but took more serious measures at the arena’s urging.
According to a witness in the stadium, up to 20 security guards approached him. The
boy was arrested and charged with being a public nuisance. His thoughts on the contextual
misunderstanding? “It was meant to be about drop the effects, the music, everything – just
drop it all.” 4. Ross Loraine Doesn’t Like Scots Yet another 19 year old arrested for a social
media post, this one a Twitter troll from Sunderland believed to be Ross Loraine who
was arrested in Scotland for making a joke about a garbage truck crash in Glasgow that
killed six people. He allegedly said, “So a bin lorry has crashed into 100 people in
Glasgow eh, probably the most trash its ever picked up in one day that.” That definitely seems like something a 19
year old would say to try to sound cool and edgy on the Internet, but he handed himself
into police after complaints about the tweet. Loraine posted the offensive tweet only an
hour after the accident, and furious Twitter users alerted police after the tweet went
viral. Police confirmed that he was arrested on suspicion of making a malicious communication,
but had been bailed pending what will presumably be a very silly investigation. 3. Josh Pillault Invokes Columbine Mississippian Josh Pillault was arrested in
October 2012 for making threats while playing Runescape. Another player had told him to
kill himself, and he responded that not only would he kill himself, he’d take the whole
school with him too, like Columbine. Once he mentioned Columbine, the other player said
“Knock Knock,” as if he knew what was coming next. Police raided his home a few days later and
arrested him. He remained in jail for nine months and pleaded guilty in hopes of an easier
sentence, as it was thought that he could face up to 10 years in jail and a fine of
$250,000. That kind of worked, as Pillault was sentenced to six years in prison, including
time in a mental health treatment facility. According to his mother, Pillault didn’t
own any weapons, and his teachers and doctor said he was no threat. Teachers were even
willing to testify on his behalf. 2. Cameron D’Ambrosio’s Rap Career Gets
Put on Hold 18 year old aspiring rapper Cameron D’Ambrosio
was arrested in May 2013 for posting some of his rap lyrics on Facebook, which included
“fuck a boston bombinb [sic] wait til u see the shit I do, I’ma be famous for rapping,
and beat every murder charge that comes across me.” He was held without bail until a grand
jury hearing, and while we admit that his rhymes were pretty weak that hardly requires
jail time. Prosecutors wanted to charge the teenager
with threats to make a bomb or carry out a vehicle hijacking, crimes that can mean up
to 20 years in jail. The police engaged in some shady behavior — when talking to the
media, they didn’t mention that D’Ambrosio was an aspiring rapper. Without that detail,
his status just seemed like a threat. And when searching for evidence against his character,
prosecutors brought up a fight he’d had with his sister when he was 11 years old.
The police didn’t seem to understand Facebook, as the department’s blog said that the lyrics
were posted in a “Facebook phone message.” It also said that the lyrics weren’t directed
at anyone or anything in particular. On the weight of all this non-evidence, a grand jury
declined to indict him. 1. James Buss Is Bad at Sarcasm James Buss, a Wisconsin teacher, was arrested
on November 29, 2007 for a blog comment sarcastically praising the perpetrators of the 1999 Columbine
High School shooting. The arrest came after owners of the political blog Boots & Sabers
gave the name of the commenter to police, as Buss had commented under the pseudonym
“Observer.” The comment said that teacher salaries were
too high for the pitiful work they do, and “We’ve got to get in back of the kids
who have had enough of lazy, no-good teachers and are fighting back. Kids like Eric Harris
and Dylan Klebold. They knew how to deal with the overpaid teacher union thugs.” Since
he was a teacher himself (and past president of a teachers union), it’s unlikely that
Buss genuinely wanted teachers shot. He was put on paid leave during the incident, presumably
as a compromise between recognizing how absurd his arrest was and and acknowledging how stupid
his comment was. He was to be charged with disorderly conduct
and unlawful use of computerized communication systems. However, he was released on $350
bail after spending just one hour in Washington County Jail. Prosecutors declined to file
charges against him, presumably because they had many, many better things to do.

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  1. there's more white teenagers in jail for jokes about terror than there are brown teenagers in jail for actual terror? Okay then

  2. freedom of speech then? The justice system is full of morons who cannot take a joke. What a sad and pathetic life they have. I hope that they will never be happy for the rest of their lives.

  3. until you stop butchering Easy, Well Known words, Simon Whistler, I will not like or subscribe to your videos. It makes me shudder. You may have given me a nervous disorder. Please do better in future…

  4. I hate jokes beyond thought. I will shoot up any joke with verbal attacks of all sorts that I will have unapologetic honesty for delightfully deflecting all disproven things.
    You have been noted about my intentions. Take them for it.

  5. They're not ridiculous reactions – the arrests I mean. You don't threaten people even jokingly. You can't tell what people's motives are just through text and once it's said, it's really hard to believe someone if they backpeddle and say they were joking. Yeah, you have freedom of speech, but you don't have freedom from the consequences of what you say.

    People are all about blaming groups of people for terrorist attacks but when these ass-picking white pieces of shit do it, it's either a light sentence or people will wholeheartedly believe it's a joke, as if they're not seen as capable of carrying out their threats. And then sometimes it's chalked up to "mental illness" so not only do they get an excuse, but now people are all afraid of schizophrenic and sociopathic people for no damn reason.

    People are awful.

  6. arresting and harassing people based on their stupid online comments, not a bad idea. Quick someone get grand Moff tarkin, we have a new galactic compliance program to put in place. (soft evil laugh)

  7. It is clear from the comments that many people here have no idea what "freedom of speech" means or is. Many of you see these examples as "venting" or "pranks" For the most part, pranks of this nature are mean spirited and play on peoples fears. You may feel that "it's your right" to say what you want when you want  to whomever you wish. And that may be, however as soon as what you say violates another persons right to "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness" then you have just placed your "rights" above those of another. It is no different from you enjoying a movie at the local theater and some doof comes running down the isle shouting "FIRE! FIRE!" when there is no fire. He did it as a "prank" and now your "pursuit of happiness" has been suspended for the benefit of his own "pursuit of happiness".(or freedom of speech) In short, if you say something stupid, expect something stupid to come of it.

  8. maybe these people are threatening the wrong people… most of these I'm sure anyone seeing them would know it's not going to happen. I think what I'm seeing in comments about abuse of power is quite right

  9. Its lame though. If you look carefully you will find that most of these pathetic uses of justice are based in the U.S.

    And i still wonder why they made the United States justice system a running joke.

  10. 1:20 😨😱 I was gonna defend this guy, But when you said KINDERGARTEN, my whole attitude just changed.
    High school, OK. (None of it's okay)
    😧Humans are evolving backwards mentally and this is proof😂😁😀

  11. I am all for everyone's right to free speech, American or not. But common sense will tell you there are just some things you cannot say (or post) without a backlash. Anything perceived as a threat is going to be targeted. In today's society, you simply cannot "joke" about anything with a terroristic implication and not expect reprisal.

  12. All officers involved should be charged with gross negligence and contempt of court for making fake cases to te court.

  13. People have to be really careful especially what they say about the president or political people in general because of the patriot law because you will get arrested.

  14. The people who handed out these sentences and were so stupid as to not do their own research should be the ones thrown in jail and beaten.

  15. The lesson here, police will go as far as they can to indict/prosecute people over the most menial of things.

  16. These miscarriages of justice horrify me! The world has lost its collective mind. How could anyone give that one kid SIX YEARS IN PRISON?!?!

  17. Welcome to the new world order, please hand in your rights and freedoms to ensure we can protect your rights and freedom,
    AGENDA 21.

  18. Haha. I remember the first one. Lol. Hilarious. Just go's to show, you really have to be careful nowadays.

  19. How thick do you have to be to make posts like this on social media? You can't blame the police for investigating – how many times do you hear that actual terrorists communicate through social media posts? Of course, some of these punishments went WAY overboard but in some cases you can see where the authorities were coming from.

  20. A lot of these jokes were incredibly tasteless and stupid, but the reaction was certainly overboard.

    The one about "destroying America" from the British tourists was very obviously not a threat. It sounded to me like he was just talking about partying hard.

  21. Its funny how theres a few people on here that are upset that cyber bullying is not treated harshly and resources are wasted on these other situations . . .peoples hypersensitivity is the nature of the problem. Why are there so many people (women mostly) who are so quick to point their fingers at anybody who sez something that is objectionable. Quit snitching! Quit informing! Quit being so touchy that anything said is required to be reacted to!
    There is nothing new going on, but people in the US right now are so willing to give up their rights, such cowards that they dont care if the governments use technology against their own people in the future just as long as "bullying" stops. America is no longer a wild country full of immigrants fleeing evil countries (regardless of what many are claiming), unwanted criminals, killers and free people. . . it is now full of ex-convicts, informers, and those with the illusion of safety. When cowards are allowed to make policy then the police are the winners (even the cops are scared now!) and its only beginning! And STILL there are scaredy cats on here FOR MORE POLICING!
    Toughen up you weaklings.
    Your feelings are not what brought about the Magna Carta, Bill of Rights, Decleration of Independance; but feelings are what will bring their demise.

  22. What saddens me is it took Amanda Todd to kill herself before Rotterdam and us police went for the trolling man sending pictures of underage girls to everyone in the schools they were moving to to stop the bullying Facebook were no help either .

  23. What do all these people have in common? They are dopes for making threats on the internet. Even if you're being facetious, in this day and age it's a big no no.

  24. Nobody should ever be arrested simply for ranting and venting, it's justifiable to punish someone for something they've done (only by law courts) not for something you think they might do.

  25. Really? You never know. I flagged a comment from a poster to a world war II documentary threatening, in a "joking" manner, to shoot up a school because of all the Jews there. With a bit of research, I discovered that his ISP address was given to the FBI. When they investigated, they discovered that the person was indeed planning a shooting. He is now. apparently, in a mental hospital.

  26. I know this video is 3 years old, but my comment still applies now. People need to stop making jokes about murder. Dark jokes like that were okay before 9/11 and the mass shooting epidemic. Nowadays if you make jokes about mass shootings, it's a 90% chance that you'll go to jail.

  27. Chambers wasn’t arrested because of an aversion to snow, but because he technically threatened to blow something up. Terrorism, in other words

  28. Some of these people really need to put down because of their stupidy. Plus it world would be better for it because we already have so many extemely stupid people in the world.

  29. Re #6: Marilyn Monroe is not buried anywhere – she's entombed at Westwood Memorial Park. Only idiots would look for a shovel.

  30. And this is why the First Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights/Constitution is not only one of the best ideas manifested in human history, but needed globally….

    Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of freedom in general and any government that censors speech is a de facto fascist government …. Remember the only speech that needs protecting is unpopular speech, which is precisely why speech is protected in the United States.. We're a nation born out of rebellion and it all started with a bunch of dudes using their voices to say "this is wrong and here is why and this is what we can do about it"….

    And to these degenerates that are offended by jokes or language they don't like — go pound sand… If you don't like a comedian or the speech of someone you don't agree with and it "triggers" you – then don't consume their comedy or their speech…. I mean I don't care much for progressive snowflakes BS, so guess what? I don't watch their garbage but if someone tried to censor their garbage I would oppose such an action fiercely… Of course I would oppose it because I'm an actual liberal – but not only that – I want people with terrible ideas to spew these ideas so other people have access to that information so they know that they're terrible ideas….

    Look, those that throw people in jail/prison for speech are without question far worse than the individual using the speech…. I mean if you believe people should go to jail for speech then you belong in a jail cell in hell occupied with Hitler, Mao and Stalin.

  31. Were really putting kids in jail for the dumb things they tweet? Damn i should be doing life rn…

  32. so in other words, making a disstastefull joke in the US will get you a jail sentence higher then murderers in Norway? Reminde me to NEVER considere going to the US, EVER

  33. Many were stupid, some were clearly jokes and a few were misunderstandings. Regardless, people need to understand freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences. Nothing is private on the internet and people need to be held accountable for their acts and for the words they let so freely flow from their finger tips.

  34. I I find it really scary that people don't seem to have any self awareness. It's like nothing matters….
    I hear some some people going home after a night out.
    They walk past my house.
    They've been drinking and have no self control at all.
    Talking hard and swearing loudly almost seems for the "benefit" of others, like " others" really care .
    Is there a large portion of the young today are just really insecure and need to feel like people know who they are?

  35. @Tanner Starr This should explain it.
    Deterrence. That's why the long sentences. And they're worth every day someone unwisely "joked." Why?

    Twice in a MONTH (May '19): The local school district & police investigated stupid posts and threats of the "Columbine" type listed here. The boasters were 12 & 15 years old. In both cases they found: stockpiles of guns, ammo, clothing, notes, etc. These kids planned to kill people.

    In one case, the TWELVE YEAR OLD was caught the night before the planned shooting of my son's elementary school. If the child hadn't boasted of his plans to other students, he would have caused the unspeakable tragedy that he spoke of REPEATEDLY online.

    Were harsh sentences in this video (threatening some of the very things these planned shooters did) worth the dozens of lives likely saved in just my small corner of the U.S.?

    IMO, the answer is a resounding YES. Both suspects had a vast history of internet comments/posts indistinguishable from some of the things these "innocent" people were convicted of. Neither case would have been a close call if the platforms they'd used for threats had an even stricter warn/investigate policy.

    Yes, adults understand sarcasm where kids don't, but officials never really know who's behind the keyboard and why until they investigate. The reason for the harsh sentences has a specific purpose. Studies show that the deterrents will make even the worst comedian rethink a post; however, those with "real" threats can't psychologically censor themselves. They feel entitled to say/do what they please. When authorities discover comments like these posted despite the known harsh penalties, the likelihood that the threats have substance increases dramatically. With harsh penalties, the punters drop off, and rather quickly authorities waste much less time investigating bad jokes in favor of investigating truly dangerous people.

  36. in this day and age, any comment about violence is going to be taken seriously. it's not something to joke about.

  37. When I die, the worlds largest thermal nuclear bomb, which is implanted in my head well detonate. Killing every soul on the face of this planet. Is that a threat or a theoretical statement ? I'm 58. How much time do you have ? It's to bad a person can't express there feelings without persecution. What kind of world do we live in ? For me, One I would rather leave behind.

  38. 3:35 Twitter is for twits. But for those that do use it in protest every last user should copy/paste Sarah's comment to every airline with a Twitter account. Let the FBI's 40,000 agents struggle with 40M different IP addresses forwarded to them while wasting their time tracking down and chasing internet trolls. Enlist the help of a bot net as well just for fun.

  39. 6:06 LOL that was hilarious. I would have typed the same thing had I knew of it first. So a dark sense of humor is illegal in Scotland? Glad I don't live there.

  40. Astounding…. the police will quite happily ignore child grooming gangs for years, allowing them to abuse hundreds of kids… yet will go to these lengths to arrest someone for a tweet.

  41. I was going to comment about number 6, but I really don't trust my government to not over react like they did to the couple on never 6. Home of the free! (Not really…)

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