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2012-11-09 02:31:44 PM  

serial_crusher: Happy Hours: The 100 cars is just a wild-ass guess. If it's accurate the tow company grossed about $7000 that day just from that one spot.

CSB: There was a notorious towing company in Blacksburg called TekTow, and they had deals with all the apartment complexes. Kids would get drunk at their friends apartments, do the responsible thing and take the bus home, and TekTow would rape them with towing feeds.
My one friend lived in a parking lot that had free visitor parking in a small gravel lot off to the side of the main lot. The only rule for that lot was "no parking on the grass", which TekTow took about as literally as they could. If you were at the edge of the gravel and literally a single blade of grass was touching your tire, they'd tow your ass.
There were also rumors that a TekTow driver had been caught towing a car into an illegal spot, taking his photo of the now-illegally-parked car, then towing it off.


We have a towing company here that will patrol the apartments it's assigned to and it got into trouble for reaching in open windows or unlocked doors to take the permits and put them under the front seat or in the back seat to hide them from view.
 
2012-11-09 02:32:00 PM  

omnimancer28: No. Every single one of these places has a clause in the agreement to take your car out of impound that basically says "we are not responsible for any damages to your car while it was on this lot". If you want your car back, you sign. If not, they charge you a hundred bucks a day while you complain that it is unfair.


You can't contract away liability after the fact like that. Tow companies are responsible if they damage your car, and they get sued for this all the time (though they usually win because it's hard to prove that it wasn't already damaged).

/ Everything I know of the law I know from People's Court
 
2012-11-09 02:33:20 PM  

Bhruic: JackieRabbit: Well, there's "I took a picture of my 2 year old in the bath" ... The former kind doesn't bother me, even if technically illegal. The latter kind, on the other hand, is pretty damn evidently wrong.

Taking a pic of your two year old is neither illegal nor child porn.

That depends on where you are, and how the law is worded there. In some locales it could be considered as such.


It is not illegal anywhere. Taking a picture of your naked baby is not in anyway considerer sexual or lewd. Almost all parents have these pictures.
 
2012-11-09 02:33:28 PM  
FTFA: "He allegedly admitted, after being read his rights, that he owned the card and received the child porn images by email, but did not delete them."

receiving something by email =/= taking time to save it to a memory card and taking time to remove said card from device

I'm not buying his wide-eyed "Oh someone just emailed them to me! I didn't know what it was!" excuse. You have to actively choose to save something to a memory card, or it wouldn't be on there. Or is there something I'm not understanding about how memory cards work? (wouldn't surprise me)
 
2012-11-09 02:33:39 PM  
Disgusting on his part. But, what gives them the right to search his stuff. They are as bad as him.
 
2012-11-09 02:34:33 PM  

Duke Slater: I'll spare you the csb, but

FARK STOREY WRECKER IN TULSA OKLAHOMA WITH AN AIDS ENCRUSTED STEEL DILDO


WHO IS STOREY WRECKER? IS HE FRIENDS WITH GENE MASSETH OR CHUCK TESTA?!?!?
/
 
2012-11-09 02:34:55 PM  

tuxq: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 595x577]

/may the force be with you. and by that, may you be forced against the shower wall, you sick asshole.


go on...
 
2012-11-09 02:36:53 PM  

Endive Wombat: Krieghund: I'm not crying for the dude that got caught, but WTH was the towing company doing looking at a SD card he left in his car?

I came here to ask this question too


The vehicle was being disposed of/auctioned off since the original owner hadn't paid the impound fees, so the lot owners has a reason to inventory the vehicles contents besides simple curiosity.
 
2012-11-09 02:42:08 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Why don't these morons understand that being caught in possession like this can literally ruin their life in a heartbeat. Hide that sh*t unless you want to go to jail and then end up sleeping under a highway overpass for the rest of your life, you stupid dumbfarks!!


How about they don't create/look at/download child porn? Has that idea perhaps occurred to you Vinnie? How about how it ruins the lives of the children? I don't give 2 farks about the ruin of the sick farks that create/look at/download child porn, they aren't the victims.
 
2012-11-09 02:47:10 PM  

serial_crusher: Happy Hours: The 100 cars is just a wild-ass guess. If it's accurate the tow company grossed about $7000 that day just from that one spot.

CSB: There was a notorious towing company in Blacksburg called TekTow, and they had deals with all the apartment complexes. Kids would get drunk at their friends apartments, do the responsible thing and take the bus home, and TekTow would rape them with towing feeds.
My one friend lived in a parking lot that had free visitor parking in a small gravel lot off to the side of the main lot. The only rule for that lot was "no parking on the grass", which TekTow took about as literally as they could. If you were at the edge of the gravel and literally a single blade of grass was touching your tire, they'd tow your ass.
There were also rumors that a TekTow driver had been caught towing a car into an illegal spot, taking his photo of the now-illegally-parked car, then towing it off.


Wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. That happens all the time here with apartments, and HOAs. There was a big problem at my old condo complex with cars being towed for really questionable reasons, even cars parked in visitor spots that were obviously visitors. Hell yeah, they were getting some kind of kickback.
 
2012-11-09 02:48:41 PM  

CeroX: Long story short, i lived in an apartment complex that didn't have garage and would strictly tow any broke down vehicle on the property.


I lived in a similar place. We went on vacation, and flew so we left the car in its regular spot. It got a flat (somehow, mysteriously) shortly after we left, and although it was registered with tags in our space in front of our apartment, they towed it for being broken down. They claim they left a note on the windshield, but since we were out of state, we missed it. We ended up paying towing fees and ten days storage. The bastards. The funny (and of course I mean not funny here) thing was, we got a ride to the airport because we wanted to avoid long term parking fees.
 
2012-11-09 02:56:14 PM  
What is with all the comments about how he could have avoided being caught? It seems some people have been thinking about this quite a bit and I find that a little disturbing. Unless you are a criminal that approves of this activity, please don't make it easier to commit this crime. Thanks.
 
2012-11-09 02:59:03 PM  
ChipNASA
Duke Slater: I'll spare you the csb, but
FARK STOREY WRECKER IN TULSA OKLAHOMA WITH AN AIDS ENCRUSTED STEEL DILDO

WHO IS STOREY WRECKER? IS HE FRIENDS WITH GENE MASSETH OR CHUCK TESTA?!?!?


NOPE
 
2012-11-09 03:00:25 PM  
As a 20+ year resident of Tulsa, I'm all too familiar with Storey Wrecker, and they should be burned to the ground.
 
2012-11-09 03:00:36 PM  
Stephen_Falken says, shut up genhgis. You sound like a f*cking self-righteous xian. Please go die.
 
2012-11-09 03:02:29 PM  

oren0: You can't contract away liability after the fact like that. Tow companies are responsible if they damage your car, and they get sued for this all the time (though they usually win because it's hard to prove that it wasn't already damaged).


CSB: My ex-GF sued a towing company in Chicago and won. They had just slung chains around the tie-rods, bending them, and thereby making the car incredibly difficult to keep on the road.

I think it was one of those mob-owned towing co's, too. They hired a lawyer who forced it to jury trial, but she hung in there, prepared, and won. The opposing lawyer was sweating badly when he handed over the check. We also made sure the judgement was entered into the record (rather than waiving it for a settlement). Very satisfying.
 
2012-11-09 03:07:13 PM  

Ghengis_Socrates: What is with all the comments about how he could have avoided being caught? It seems some people have been thinking about this quite a bit and I find that a little disturbing. Unless you are a criminal that approves of this activity, please don't make it easier to commit this crime. Thanks.


I think the reaction is more about the rock-hard stupidity of the perpetrator, rather than an endorsement of child porn. Encryption has other, non-porn uses and given the number of bank card and identity thefts, law abiding folks have legitimate reasons to keep their data private.

On an unrelated note, the article mentions that this particular porn was found on an SD card (which is normally used in cameras), rather than a flash drive, which leads me to believe that he is also the one who took the pictures.
 
2012-11-09 03:10:12 PM  

Krieghund: I'm not crying for the dude that got caught, but WTH was the towing company doing looking at a SD card he left in his car?


It wasn't his anymore; all of the property was abandoned.
 
2012-11-09 03:16:34 PM  

Too Pretty For Prison: He claimed the images were sent to him via email and he simply didn't delete them - as in "this stuff isn't mine". My email client does not automatically copy attachments to an SD card. It's all just a big conspiracy at Microsoft to frame him...yeah, that's the ticket.


depends on the device and were the e-mails were found, on a tablet or phone it could very well save any opened image to the sd card in the cache or swap. You can boot from SD card on many computer that have SD slots as well. I doubt this guy would even know how to select a boot device in the bios but it could happen
 
2012-11-09 03:16:37 PM  

NutWrench: Ghengis_Socrates: What is with all the comments about how he could have avoided being caught? It seems some people have been thinking about this quite a bit and I find that a little disturbing. Unless you are a criminal that approves of this activity, please don't make it easier to commit this crime. Thanks.

I think the reaction is more about the rock-hard stupidity of the perpetrator, rather than an endorsement of child porn. Encryption has other, non-porn uses and given the number of bank card and identity thefts, law abiding folks have legitimate reasons to keep their data private.

On an unrelated note, the article mentions that this particular porn was found on an SD card (which is normally used in cameras), rather than a flash drive, which leads me to believe that he is also the one who took the pictures.


I took it to mean microSD like in almost all phones. Everyone usually just calls them SD cards anyway. If it was actually an SD card you've got a good theory.
 
2012-11-09 03:25:47 PM  

Stephen_Falken: Stephen_Falken says, shut up genhgis. You sound like a f*cking self-righteous xian. Please go die


I am about the polar opposite of that. I abhor child porn. How does that make me a f*ck?ing self-righteous xian
 
2012-11-09 03:28:39 PM  
If images of child porn are illegal why aren't images of someone being murdered? Or an adult being raped? Yeah, that's right. I asked the big question. Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?
 
2012-11-09 03:34:45 PM  
signaljammer:

Our hero was an idiot to admit ownership of the SD card. Be nice to the cops, but tell them nothing.

He apparently didn't even think to say "Officer, the car has not been in my possession for over a month. Somebody could have put that there while it was impounded." What a dummy.

But get this: "Tow company employees also found a gun belt, police lights, bullets and badges in the vehicle, according to the arrest report. No further details about these items were provided."

That sounds fishy enough without the kiddy porn: if he was a LEO the article would presumably have said so. But all that stuff together, well...

Didn't he give his mom a list of things to take from vehicle when she got his stuff from it? "There's a bunch of stuff in the spare tire compartment. PLEASE be sure to get all that out."

Hint: if you must view questionable images on your electronic device, promptly delete them after use. And regardless of what you might get busted for, what you say to the cops is "I wish to speak to an attorney." Nothing else, though you might have to keep repeating it till they get the idea.

This is why I say any felony punishable by more than 5 years in prison, or one involving molesting underaged kids, should be punished by death. There are some people Society should not have to put up with, and the planet's got 5 billion too many people on it anyway. Why warehouse such defectives? "Make room, make room!"
 
2012-11-09 03:35:02 PM  

Ghengis_Socrates: Stephen_Falken: Stephen_Falken says, shut up genhgis. You sound like a f*cking self-righteous xian. Please go die

I am about the polar opposite of that. I abhor child porn. How does that make me a f*ck?ing self-righteous xian


No, but it does mean that your hatred of child porn prevents you from getting the point, which is the guy is a complete moron. No one is condoning kiddie porn or those you consume it.
 
2012-11-09 03:36:56 PM  

Wasilla Hillbilly: If images of child porn are illegal why aren't images of someone being murdered? Or an adult being raped? Yeah, that's right. I asked the big question. Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?


umm those are illegal too. u don't see like murdertube.com or rapetube.com. and even that is simulated rape.
 
2012-11-09 03:38:24 PM  
The suspect's "I downloaded them off the Internet" excuse will be blown out of the water fairly early in the trial (if it even goes to that), because digital pictures contain a lot of extra information.

Even the cheapest digital camera will stamp the time and date in the EXIF field of each picture file. A slightly more expensive camera will also include the Make, Model and Serial # of the camera. This will make writing the search warrant for his home a lot easier: "Yeah judge, we're looking for a Canon PowerShot 590, whose serial number will match the one in these pictures." If his camera was even more expensive, with a GPS built in, then the pictures will also contain the precise location where the pictures were taken. This guy is completely screwed. (Serves him right, too!)
 
2012-11-09 03:39:08 PM  

NutWrench: I think the reaction is more about the rock-hard stupidity of the perpetrator, rather than an endorsement of child porn. Encryption has other, non-porn uses and given the number of bank card and identity thefts, law abiding folks have legitimate reasons to keep their data private.

On an unrelated note, the article mentions that this particular porn was found on an SD card (which is normally used in cameras), rather than a flash drive, which leads me to believe that he is also the one who took the pictures.



I agree completely with both points. If this were some other context, I would be down with open discussion of privacy protection and would join the conversation on the plus side. You only have to raise to bar so high to weed out the stupid ones, you know.

Also, I have no doubt he had firm plans to commit an additional crime regardless of his relationship to the photos found. It is possible, though, that he was smart enough to that he was smart enough to transfer the allegedly e-mailed photos to the card but not smart enough to protect it.
 
2012-11-09 03:40:38 PM  

JackieRabbit: No, but it does mean that your hatred of child porn prevents you from getting the point, which is the guy is a complete moron. No one is condoning kiddie porn or those you consume it.


I get that he is a complete moron. More pedos should be like him so they are easier to catch is my point.
 
2012-11-09 03:40:58 PM  
JackieRabbit:

It is not illegal anywhere. Taking a picture of your naked baby is not in anyway considerer sexual or lewd. Almost all parents have these pictures.

So KIDDY PORN is perfectly okay if it's of your OWN kid?

OMG! No wonder God whomps us with superstorms: America has gotten just like Sodomy and Gonorrhea!
 
2012-11-09 03:43:19 PM  

Callous: TV's Vinnie:

Why don't these morons understand that being caught in possession like this can literally ruin their life in a heartbeat. Hide that sh*t unless you want to go to jail and then end up sleeping under a highway overpass for the rest of your life, you stupid dumbfarks!!

How about they don't create/look at/download child porn? Has that idea perhaps occurred to you Vinnie? How about how it ruins the lives of the children? I don't give 2 farks about the ruin of the sick farks that create/look at/download child porn, they aren't the victims.


Guess what? You're BOTH right.

By the way, I'm collecting money to run for Congress in the next election...
 
2012-11-09 03:44:28 PM  
I hate dirty towing companies as much as the next guy, but I'm glad Karma caught up with this ...person.

/thank goodness for stupid criminals.
 
2012-11-09 03:45:00 PM  
SirHolo:

A friend of mine lived in an apartment complex in college. Every day cars that were permitted to park there got towed because the towing company said that their permit was not on the rear view mirror, or it was displayed incorrectly - like hanging on the mirror but at a slight angle. These permits also fell off pretty easily, so residents would tape them to the inside of the windshield just in front of the rear view mirror and they still got towed because of "incorrect" display or some other nonsense...

Anyway, there had been a string of these towings so my buddy and his friends invested in some cheepo security cameras and aimed them at the parking lot. Lo and behold they caught the tow truck drivers shaking the cars to make the permits either fall off or become somewhat crooked, then hook them up and tow them. Over the course of about 3 weeks, they saw something like 25 cars get towed.

Then one of the roommates got his car towed. They watched the video and there was the driver, shaking the shiat out of the car. Unbelievable. They called the impound lot and asked to speak with the highest ranking person there and told him what they had on video. He basically said "eat me," you got nothin' on me. So they went to the cops and the local news station. BUSTED hard.

Tens of thousands of dollars of impound fees got refunded, place went out of business and they lost all their wrecking licenses too.
 
2012-11-09 03:45:23 PM  

CeroX: Happy Hours: t doesn't say what the storage fees were but I kind of doubt they were more than the worth of the vehicle.

I lost a s15 Silvia conversion Nissan to a towing company that charged $1000 a day storage fees after someone rear ended me and the company towed the car.

Long story short, i lived in an apartment complex that didn't have garage and would strictly tow any broke down vehicle on the property. Didn't have anywhere else to store it, so when the tow truck showed up and asked where to take it, i didn't have anyplace, and they said they would store it at there place as long as i signed a release of liability form.

Turns out they charge $1k/day for that service

I already didn't have $1000 to get it out after the first day and within a couple of weeks i had to fork over the title to the car.

I went to court to contest the charges, but because i signed a release after the accident i agreed to the fees...

Long story short, always read the fine print on that slip they ask you to sign...

Signing that title over to the smiling owner of the towing company was one of the worst days of my life...


$1000k a DAY?? Holy crap that's ridiculous! Sure you should've read the fine print but those are some seriously excessive fees. I bet they get a lot of cars that way, then turn around and sell them to a broker. Nice little scheme I suppose, but highly unethical.
 
2012-11-09 03:45:50 PM  
Tow truck drivers are as light fingered as any crackhead, half of them probably are crackheads. Never, ever leave anything you value in a vehicle, ever. Including your air bags, big coin in selling those to auto repair places and hard to tell they are gone unless you remove the panel and look.
 
2012-11-09 03:45:54 PM  

JackieRabbit: TV's Vinnie: Why don't these morons understand that being caught in possession like this can literally ruin their life in a heartbeat. Hide that sh*t unless you want to go to jail and then end up sleeping under a highway overpass for the rest of your life, you stupid dumbfarks!!

What's even more moronic is that numb-nutz admitted the card was his. He could have denied it. The car was towed and in storage, so someone else could have dropped in the car and it would have been impossible for the cops to nail him with a charge unless they could have lifted a good print off of it. And As Honest Bender points out, the idiot should have encrypted the files before dropping them to removable media, which is the only place they should ever be and never on a hard drive.


You speak like you're an expert.
 
2012-11-09 03:49:09 PM  

sethen320: You speak like you're an expert.


THIS
 
2012-11-09 03:49:41 PM  

Ghengis_Socrates: I agree completely with both points. If this were some other context, I would be down with open discussion of privacy protection and would join the conversation on the plus side. You only have to raise to bar so high to weed out the stupid ones, you know.


I got what you were trying to say, even if others didn't. Carry on.
 
2012-11-09 03:49:44 PM  

The One True TheDavid: JackieRabbit:

It is not illegal anywhere. Taking a picture of your naked baby is not in anyway considerer sexual or lewd. Almost all parents have these pictures.

So KIDDY PORN is perfectly okay if it's of your OWN kid?

OMG! No wonder God whomps us with superstorms: America has gotten just like Sodomy and Gonorrhea!


it's actually NEVER ok. you'd be thrown out of walmart for trying to develop those pics
 
2012-11-09 03:49:54 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Why don't these morons understand that being caught in possession like this can literally ruin their life in a heartbeat. Hide that sh*t unless you want to go to jail and then end up sleeping under a highway overpass for the rest of your lifeDon't be a pedophile, you stupid dumbfarks!!


FTFY
 
2012-11-09 03:49:54 PM  
Ghengis_Socrates:

What is with all the comments about how he could have avoided being caught? It seems some people have been thinking about this quite a bit and I find that a little disturbing. Unless you are a criminal that approves of this activity, please don't make it easier to commit this crime. Thanks.

Yeah because it takes an EVIL MASTERMIND to figure out how to delete ANY kind of file from an electronic device.

Well, actually maybe it does, at least the "mastermind" part, given all the stories we see about people who get busted for not deleting shiat. Like I say myself, "It's not that I'm so brilliant, it's that we're surrounded by idiots."

But hey, if it weren't for such stupid perverts what else could Farkers talk about?
 
2012-11-09 03:50:00 PM  

Hongcouver: Including your air bags, big coin in selling those to auto repair places and hard to tell they are gone unless you remove the panel and look.


Has that ever been a thing? Where someone was towed, the airbag removed (without the owners knowledge) and they end up in an accident and discover they have no airbags and can point back to the towing and them removing said airbags?
 
2012-11-09 03:51:02 PM  

Onkel Buck: Krieghund: I'm not crying for the dude that got caught, but WTH was the towing company doing looking at a SD card he left in his car?

I found a flash drive in the parking lot of my college. I opened it up on my computer to see if it had any evidence on it of who it belonged to. Turned out it belonged to an African foreign exchange student, there was a paper he had written saved on it and lots and lots of interacial porn


You do realize that putting flash drives found on the ground in your pc is awesome way to open yourself up to all kinds of security issues, right?
 
2012-11-09 03:53:55 PM  
NutWrench:


On an unrelated note, the article mentions that this particular porn was found on an SD card (which is normally used in cameras), rather than a flash drive, which leads me to believe that he is also the one who took the pictures.

And note this, FTA: "Tow company employees also found a gun belt, police lights, bullets and badges in the vehicle, according to the arrest report."

Curiouser and curiouser.
 
2012-11-09 03:56:31 PM  

Honest Bender: Now, I'm all for child porn criminals getting caught. But how hard is it to encrypt your illegal files?
[osx.wdfiles.com image 128x128]


The thing is, this guy probably isn't a casual browser, he's got pictures on a card that goes into cameras. Maybe he's taking the pictures? Or knows someone who is?
 
2012-11-09 03:57:07 PM  

NutWrench: Endive Wombat: Krieghund: I'm not crying for the dude that got caught, but WTH was the towing company doing looking at a SD card he left in his car?

I came here to ask this question too

The vehicle was being disposed of/auctioned off since the original owner hadn't paid the impound fees, so the lot owners has a reason to inventory the vehicles contents besides simple curiosity.


They can inventory by saying - 1 memory card $20.00, they were only looking at the contents to be curious.
 
2012-11-09 03:57:09 PM  

The One True TheDavid: But hey, if it weren't for such stupid perverts what else could Farkers talk about?


How to make stupid criminals perverts smarter?
 
2012-11-09 03:57:27 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: It wasn't his anymore; all of the property was abandoned.


States have definite procedures that must be followed for abandoned property.

"Finders, Keepers" generally isn't one of them, and opening containers (arguably the card was a container) and rifling through the contents isn't required.

/has done far too many tedious inventories for tenant abandoned property
//very possibly landlord/tenant is a special case
///but then again the tenant usually has had plenty of time to collect their property
 
2012-11-09 04:03:48 PM  
Wasilla Hillbilly:

If images of child porn are illegal why aren't images of someone being murdered? Or an adult being raped? Yeah, that's right. I asked the big question. Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?

Because children are always presumed to be innocent victims. Somebody who got killed might have had it coming, or an adult rape victim might have been asking for it by wearing "revealing" clothing or something.

Wasn't there a hullabaloo not too long ago about two 9 year olds who raped a five year old and then beat him to death? I'm thinking it was in England. It couldn't be in the USA, because OUR snowflakes are SPECIAL.
 
2012-11-09 04:04:57 PM  
Did he have a cat?
pbfcomics.com
 
2012-11-09 04:15:30 PM  

JackieRabbit: What's even more moronic is that numb-nutz admitted the card was his. He could have denied it. The car was towed and in storage, so someone else could have dropped in the car and it would have been impossible for the cops to nail him with a charge unless they could have lifted a good print off of it. And As Honest Bender points out, the idiot should have encrypted the files before dropping them to removable media, which is the only place they should ever be and never on a hard drive.


He knew he was going to be arrested and he probably figured they'd get a good fingerprint from the memory card. He was in a corner.
 
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