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(UPI)   Jury duty tip: When jokingly texting a fake bomb threat to a fellow juror it's probably best not to forget the winking emoticon   (upi.com) divider line 19
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2012-06-14 09:52:47 AM  
Why would you send that after you were released?
 
2012-06-14 09:53:00 AM  
i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-14 09:53:04 AM  
How did she give a false report, it was the coworker that phoned it in.
 
2012-06-14 10:08:31 AM  
I would like to believe even most 17 year olds are more mature than this
 
2012-06-14 10:10:26 AM  
I seriously hope she gets off. SHE didn't do anything illegal. SHE didn't even make a public claim. She sent a stupid joke to a coworker, joking about how she could get out of jury duty. Seriously, this isn't a teenager vs adult maturity level thing. This is an idiot coworker who calls the police instead of confirming. She didn't say, "omfg there's a bomb, help me, call the cops". She said, "call them and tell them there's a bomb".

If she had texted her friend and said, "I like these pants, you should steal them for me", would the police be staking out the mall waiting to see if she breaks in and robs the place? No.
 
2012-06-14 10:27:38 AM  

Mr Guy: I seriously hope she gets off. SHE didn't do anything illegal. SHE didn't even make a public claim. She sent a stupid joke to a coworker, joking about how she could get out of jury duty. Seriously, this isn't a teenager vs adult maturity level thing. This is an idiot coworker who calls the police instead of confirming. She didn't say, "omfg there's a bomb, help me, call the cops". She said, "call them and tell them there's a bomb".

If she had texted her friend and said, "I like these pants, you should steal them for me", would the police be staking out the mall waiting to see if she breaks in and robs the place? No.


The exact text message was :"Call the courthouse (1201 Congress) Tell them there is a bomb ... Pleeese,"
Tone of voice and sarcasm do not come across in text, and this one doesn't obviously look like a joke.
Whomever she sent it to was right to assume that it was legit and take action, rather than wait around like an idiot for confirmation.

If you only had time to send someone a quick text to warn them of imminent danger, would you want them to hang around and wait for confirmation?
 
2012-06-14 10:34:28 AM  

cassanovascotian: If you only had time to send someone a quick text to warn them of imminent danger, would you want them to hang around and wait for confirmation?


If I thought there really was a bomb, I wouldn't text a coworker. I'd call 911.
 
2012-06-14 10:42:55 AM  

Rootus: cassanovascotian: If you only had time to send someone a quick text to warn them of imminent danger, would you want them to hang around and wait for confirmation?

If I thought there really was a bomb, I wouldn't text a coworker. I'd call 911.


^^^^ Bingo!
 
2012-06-14 10:45:12 AM  
Jury duty tip: When thinking about jokingly texting a fake bomb threat to a fellow juror it's probably best not to forget the winking emoticon don't do it.

FTFS
 
2012-06-14 10:46:37 AM  
Hilarious!
 
2012-06-14 10:48:30 AM  

GetaLife: Rootus: cassanovascotian: If you only had time to send someone a quick text to warn them of imminent danger, would you want them to hang around and wait for confirmation?

If I thought there really was a bomb, I wouldn't text a coworker. I'd call 911.

^^^^ Bingo!


So maybe this person's an idiot, or maybe 911 put them on hold (which does happen btw) and they wanted you to keep trying. or maybe they had to be quiet about it and could only use text cuz 911 doesn't take texts.
There could be a 1000 other reasons, the point is, does it really make sense to just assume this is a joke?
No. Stop being an idiot.
 
2012-06-14 11:11:45 AM  

cassanovascotian: GetaLife: Rootus: cassanovascotian: If you only had time to send someone a quick text to warn them of imminent danger, would you want them to hang around and wait for confirmation?

If I thought there really was a bomb, I wouldn't text a coworker. I'd call 911.

^^^^ Bingo!

So maybe this person's an idiot, or maybe 911 put them on hold (which does happen btw) and they wanted you to keep trying. or maybe they had to be quiet about it and could only use text cuz 911 doesn't take texts.
There could be a 1000 other reasons, the point is, does it really make sense to just assume this is a joke?
No. Stop being an idiot.


I love have a couple high profile incidents have changed everyone's perspective on what makes sense.

It makes the most sense it's a misguided joke. It's statistically probably that it's a misguided joke. I'd expect someone to confirm that, wait a short but reasonable amount of time, and then go to police. She sent the message leaving the building, and followed up less than fifteen minutes later by the report.

We can't tolerate fear mongers acting like the world must be taken seriously 100% of the time. Get a grip, and get some perspective people. Real life isn't an episode 24. Even if there was a bomb, 15 seconds to confirm means dick all.

Yes, you should know if your coworker is an overreacting idiot. I still hope she sues to high heaven for their response, especially when she was SUPER EASY to get back in touch with. You can't just claim zero tolerance and search the whole building, when she told them the person who reported it was an idiot before they even did anything.
 
2012-06-14 11:23:46 AM  
BTW, the best part of this article is the link at the bottom with the picture of Justin Bieber and the caption "Bacon: it isn't just for breakfast anymore". Wut?
 
2012-06-14 12:09:10 PM  

Mr Guy: We can't tolerate fear mongers acting like the world must be taken seriously 100% of the time.


not 100% of the time, but when someone tells me that there's a bomb somewhere and I have no clear reason to think it's a joke, I have the choice of two risks to take: (A) risking looking like what you would consider a "fear Monger" when it turns out to be such a 'joke', or (B) Risking having a bunch of people get killed from something I could have stopped.

So yeah, In that situation, I'm gonna err on the side of taking it seriously.
 
2012-06-14 01:23:34 PM  

cassanovascotian: So yeah, In that situation, I'm gonna err on the side of taking it seriously.


And that's as good an explanation as any of how we've ended up where we are. Our ability to assess risk seems about on par with our ability to assess the odds of winning Powerball.
 
2012-06-14 02:34:47 PM  

Rootus:
And that's as good an explanation as any of how we've ended up where we are. Our ability to assess risk seems about on par with our ability to assess the odds of winning Powerball.


Somebody sends you a text message telling you that there's a bomb somewhere and you hear nothing else for the next 12 minutes, and you think it's a *totally* *crazy* idea to call the police?

I suppose you would have given the same "chill out" advice to this guy?

But enough arguing: if you and people who agree with you on this point want to form an entirely separate segment of society, where I know I don't need to rely on you for anything, and you don't have to deal with my "fear monging" I'm all for that.
 
2012-06-14 05:50:48 PM  
I can understand doing that to get out of jury duty (not that I actually would), but after you've already been excused I don't understand.
 
2012-06-15 08:54:07 AM  
Wait are some of you saying that your 1st reaction is to call the cops ? You don't try to text back or call her ? If he did those things 1st then it makes sense to call the cops.
 
2012-06-15 09:55:51 AM  

ShakaZuluStyle: Wait are some of you saying that your 1st reaction is to call the cops ? You don't try to text back or call her ? If he did those things 1st then it makes sense to call the cops.


As pointed out above, if there's a real bomb threat, it would make sense for her to call 911 herself, but if she texts you, then it's reasonable to assume that perhaps she needs to be quiet about it -because perhaps there's a dude with a bomb standing in the room with her, and that people fiddling around with their phones might make him jumpy - hence she wouldn't be able to answer, and wouldn't be able to contact 911 directly, and even having a phone ringing might be a problem.
 
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