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(Kansas.com)   You know all those silly things you did when you were drunk in college that you thought were funny at the time but in reality they were criminal acts? It turns out you can still be arrested for them decades later   (kansas.com) divider line 124
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2013-08-26 04:24:13 PM
Good thing I never did anything illegal in college.
 
2013-08-26 04:26:11 PM
Netflix should make a series based on this concept
 
2013-08-26 04:26:19 PM
Duh?
 
2013-08-26 04:26:37 PM
Unless you are a Kennedy.
 
2013-08-26 04:27:36 PM
I don't remember them.
 
2013-08-26 04:28:10 PM
Make a felon out of somebody for a college prank that happened 25 years ago, thanks obama.
 
2013-08-26 04:28:36 PM

StrikitRich: Netflix should make a series based on this concept


Meh, not enough lesbian subplots to make this one work.
 
2013-08-26 04:28:38 PM
Why the hell would you still have that? Sounds like it's something he likes to brag about and someone got tired of his bullshiat
Why not take the thing, and drop it in a bush around the corner?
 
2013-08-26 04:29:01 PM
Back in the early 80's a room mate stiffed me on a $300 phone bill. I handed him the bill, which he said he would pay and never paid it. I always assumed he did. Well about 8 years later a collection agency called my father, posing as "a friend" of mine. Dad gave them my phone number, and long story short, I ended up having to pay the bill.
 
2013-08-26 04:29:08 PM
You'll have to catch me first, suckahs!
 
2013-08-26 04:29:18 PM
A 45 year old plumber with two divorces. He's made plenty of other mistakes in his life.
 
2013-08-26 04:30:17 PM
I'm betting they're still looking for the person who left the enormous pile of Alice Springs Chicken puke in the movie theater parking lot.  You'll never get me coppers!!
 
2013-08-26 04:30:17 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Why the hell would you still have that? Sounds like it's something he likes to brag about and someone got tired of his bullshiat
Why not take the thing, and drop it in a bush around the corner?


Exactly what I was thinking.  You don't keep shiat when you pull pranks like that.
 
2013-08-26 04:30:26 PM
Perhaps he should have got a good lawyer instead of trying to google his problems
 
2013-08-26 04:30:49 PM

duffblue: Make a felon out of somebody for a college prank that happened 25 years ago, thanks obama.


Yeah! I mean some people call it rape and murder, but it was just silly prank. How was I to know he was allergic to latex?
 
2013-08-26 04:30:55 PM
Ummmm.... wrongful prosecution?

Kansas Statute of Limitations: http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-statutes/getStatute.do?number=1168 2

or am I missing something?
 
2013-08-26 04:31:13 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-08-26 04:31:45 PM
The headline is inaccurate. The original theft is not what he was prosecuted for, but for still having the stolen goods.

There is a difference.
 
2013-08-26 04:31:52 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Why the hell would you still have that? Sounds like it's something he likes to brag about and someone got tired of his bullshiat
Why not take the thing, and drop it in a bush around the corner?


Sounds like he pissed off some chick he used to fark.
 
2013-08-26 04:32:58 PM

Iknhaton: Unoriginal_Username: Why the hell would you still have that? Sounds like it's something he likes to brag about and someone got tired of his bullshiat
Why not take the thing, and drop it in a bush around the corner?

Exactly what I was thinking.  You don't keep shiat when you pull pranks like that.


I thought the same thing. His problem isn't that he stole the bust twenty-five years ago, it's that he kept it. Isn't that technically an ongoing crime?
 
2013-08-26 04:33:04 PM
That's not a prank.  It's theft.

It's amazing to me that so many college kids think calling theft a "prank" somehow makes it OK.  Couches from dorm lounges, computers from labs--"aw, no big deal, just a prank!"
 
2013-08-26 04:33:49 PM
 
2013-08-26 04:34:00 PM
In before...

imageshack.us
 
2013-08-26 04:34:21 PM

Pick: Back in the early 80's a room mate stiffed me on a $300 phone bill. I handed him the bill, which he said he would pay and never paid it. I always assumed he did. Well about 8 years later a collection agency called my father, posing as "a friend" of mine. Dad gave them my phone number, and long story short, I ended up having to pay the bill.


Well then, you were probably an idiot.

In most jurisdictions in the US, the Statute of Limitations on debt is 7 years.  After that point, it can't appear on your credit report and they can't sue you for it.  They can still write you asking for the money, they can still make collection calls, but they can't make you pay.

It's a little longer in some states, so I can't say for sure without knowing the state involved, but after 8 years, in most of the US, you can tell them to STFU.  You send the collection agency a "Cease Communication" notice under the terms of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and that forces them to stop all collection activity aimed at you, they have to either completely give up or file suit. . .and they won't file suit if it's after that deadline, so that's the end of that.
 
2013-08-26 04:35:01 PM
Stealing art is a crime

And, for many people, it is a very serious crime

While it is debatable how much he deprived students from being cultured by a missing art piece, he still broke the law.
 
2013-08-26 04:35:14 PM

JohnAnnArbor: That's not a prank.  It's theft.

It's amazing to me that so many college kids think calling theft a "prank" somehow makes it OK.  Couches from dorm lounges, computers from labs--"aw, no big deal, just a prank!"


filmdope.com
 
2013-08-26 04:35:46 PM
s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-08-26 04:35:50 PM
Wichita State?  They gave him a...

(sunglasses)

shocker.

(YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH)
 
2013-08-26 04:37:02 PM
Couldn't get to the link above. WTF is the statute of limitations for theft in Kansas?
 
2013-08-26 04:37:11 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Wichita State?  They gave him a...

(sunglasses)

shocker.

(YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH)


they gave him an UFIA?
 
2013-08-26 04:37:18 PM

Pick: Back in the early 80's a room mate stiffed me on a $300 phone bill. I handed him the bill, which he said he would pay and never paid it. I always assumed he did. Well about 8 years later a collection agency called my father, posing as "a friend" of mine. Dad gave them my phone number, and long story short, I ended up having to pay the bill.


That bill was WAY out of SOL. You didn't have to pay it.
 
2013-08-26 04:37:28 PM
Er. Stealing the statue and leaving it posed with Ronald McDonald is a prank. One deserving of a misdemeanor charge and paying for damages if you get caught, kind of thing.

Legging off with a piece of artwork and holding on to it for a quarter century is a wee bit different.
 
2013-08-26 04:38:10 PM
I'd bet he had no idea what it was worth, either.
 
2013-08-26 04:38:41 PM

wildcardjack: A 45 year old plumber with two divorces. He's made plenty of other mistakes in his life.


I regard my two divorces as the correction to the mistakes.
 
2013-08-26 04:39:55 PM
Graduating college before the camera phone came into common usage is the reason my job today doesn't involve a name tag, a jizz mop, or the credit "stunt anus."

What I do on my *own* time is none of your business, boyo!
 
2013-08-26 04:40:20 PM
Yeah, but I kept no souvenirs of my college stupidity and we didn't have cell phones to record that shiat either.

/thank god, we were pretty dumb back then
 
2013-08-26 04:41:06 PM

JohnAnnArbor: That's not a prank.  It's theft.

It's amazing to me that so many college kids think calling theft a "prank" somehow makes it OK.  Couches from dorm lounges, computers from labs--"aw, no big deal, just a prank!"


When I was in college some dumb dumb didn't lock any of the doors in one building at night, and these people came in and took like 30 LED projectors.  I don't know who lost their job over that one, but back then that was cutting edge tech and they were spendy.
 
2013-08-26 04:41:57 PM
How about ratting out your shiat fraternity too and get a conspiracy charge against them as well?
 
2013-08-26 04:43:14 PM
Dirtbag took a Robert Frost Bust?
he'd swing in Vermont.
 
2013-08-26 04:43:50 PM
Can be charged, but should be charged after 25 years. fark no. Just get the bust back and who cares.

/can't be charged for any dumb shiat I did in college as enough time passed and I never had any warrants. As far as I know I dumped any of the stupid crap we stole long ago.
//now days with everything ending up on youtube and facebook I'd be farked.
 
2013-08-26 04:47:12 PM

justanotherfarkinfarker: Can be charged, but should be charged after 25 years. fark no. Just get the bust back and who cares.


I just wonder how many times this asshole moved and had to deliberately place this thing in a box then unpack it and put it up somewhere new.  He deserves a pretty hefty fine IMHO.
 
2013-08-26 04:48:25 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: Ummmm.... wrongful prosecution?

Kansas Statute of Limitations: http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-statutes/getStatute.do?number=1168 2

or am I missing something?


Being in possession of the stolen good can often cause the statute to continue indefinitely.  Ironically, if he'd have pawned it, thrown it away, or returned it himself (in a more reasonable time frame) chances are he'd be free and clear.

Stupid criminal is stupid, even 25 years later.
 
2013-08-26 04:48:49 PM
Also, sounds like a vengeful ex story here.

/snitches get stiches
 
2013-08-26 04:51:14 PM
Talks on a condition that they won't name his school.

Paper names school.
 
2013-08-26 04:51:39 PM
Actually, if the incident had ended with him returning it anonymously a couple years later when he sobered up and it was later traced back to him, he  wouldn't have been arrested for it decades later.

It was really the "still having the stolen piece on the mantel in your living room where visitors can see it" part that brought the hammer down on this one.  I've done way worse and gotten off with an apology pretty easily, because I was usually apologizing to the cops or whoever within a couple weeks of whatever shiat I'd pulled, not after I'd been caught and enough time had passed to make it clear I'd no actual intent to make things right.

//I've been on the other end of it too, enough times to the point a friend told me that I have a signature bored tone when I say "we don't intend to press charges".  It's all part of the compromise for civilization, that people have to know when to throw the book and when it's not worth it.
 
2013-08-26 04:51:40 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: Ummmm.... wrongful prosecution?

Kansas Statute of Limitations: http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-statutes/getStatute.do?number=1168 2

or am I missing something?


They're not charging him with theft. They're charging him with receiving stolen property. As long as he kept the thing, he was breaking the law.
 
2013-08-26 04:51:42 PM

wildcardjack: A 45 year old plumber with two divorces. He's made plenty of other mistakes in his life.


I don't know, I just paid a ton of money to a plumber during our remodel.  No way he spent all that on copper pipe.
 
2013-08-26 04:52:45 PM
Well...I didn't steal any statues...
www.readthehook.com
/took a shine to it
 
2013-08-26 04:53:23 PM
My roommate and I published the college underground newspaper using "borrowed" printing equipment from Student Government.
They never used it, so I doubt they missed it -- it was a farking ditto machine, for those of you old enough to remember that.
We thought we were so goddamn cool and secretive, but at one point my roommate was called in to the dean's office for something else (nondisciplinary, he was a cool administrator who just liked to chat sometimes), and the dean just HAPPENED to have a copy of every single issue of the underground newspaper neatly arranged on his desk.  He talked to my roommate for half an hour about other stuff, and never even mentioned what was on his desk.  We made a late-night visit to SG and put all the stuff back fairly soon after that.

Keeping a valuable piece of art for 25 years is moronic.  Guy could have saved himself a ton of hurt by anonymously dropping it off, or "finding" it somewhere.  If he'd have done it right, he could have been known as the dude who FOUND and returned the bust.  What an idiot.
 
2013-08-26 04:55:48 PM

diabloninja: Talks on a condition that they won't name his school.

Paper names school.


Paper named school he stole it from, not school he was attending.  Probably wouldn't be too hard to figure it out.  Kansas university with the same frat as Wichita State (which only has 6).
 
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