Paris Hilton 'Swatting' Attack is Latest in Dumb & Dangerous Trend

Paris HiltonThere are a lot of stupid trendy pranks people engage in that I just don't get. There's everything from milking to planking to owling, and I guess they're fun for some. A new trend has hit Hollywood, however, that goes beyond dumb into dangerous and illegal territory. It's called "Swatting," and Paris Hilton was the latest victim of it this weekend.

The senseless act gets its name because after a prank call is made to police to report that someone is breaking into a home (usually one belonging to a well-known celebrity), SWAT teams descend upon that person's house. According to TMZ, this is just what happened last night when police were called around 5:22 p.m. with a report that someone had broken into Hilton's home

Apparently when they got there they didn't find any evidence that anyone had been in the home, and Paris was in Miami. So the whole think was chalked up to "Swatting." As bad as the prank is, Hilton is in good company when it comes to other victims. Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Tom Cruise, and the Kardashians have all been targeted in similar ways. So I suppose the fading starlet might consider it a compliment of sorts, as pathetic as the prank may be.

What kind of assholes do this? Well, there must be quite a few of them out there. If you remember, the person responsible for the swatting prank pulled on Ashton Kutcher was a 12-year-old kid. Now he faces two felony counts -- that's right it's a felony. As it should be.

Police put their lives on the line every day to protect those in danger, and to have them rush out on a false call just for someone's amusement is sick. What if other people needed their help, or what if police get so sick of these prank calls that they don't respond seriously to a real call?

And, most baffling -- why is this even amusing? The people who do it must have some pretty sad, pathetic lives to get their kicks like this. It's wrong, and it's just plain stupid. So go plank or milk all you like, but leave the police out of it, assholes.

What do you think of this "Swatting" prank trend?

 

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Rando... Randomlady

What I'm most amazed about is that instead of police showing up at the celebrities houses it is a swat team... shows how important everyone else is.

xiolxuo xiolxuo

It's not that we're not important, it's that money talks.. Which is horrible.

Todd Vrancic

It's not that they think celebrities are more important than the rest of us, they know that celebrities are more of a target, so they send out the big guns.  Face it, no one is going to target Mr. or Ms. Average Person in hopes of getting famous, like the person whose name I will not mention targeted John Lennon did.  That excuse for a human being killed him because he wanted to be famous.

Heath... Heathp721

Or it could have to do with the fact that celebrities tend to have houses the size of museums and two patrol officers can easily search an average house but not something that big safely. Or the fact that that a celebrity is more likely to be held hostage or have psychotic fans than the average person does. Take a second and think before you assume that cops don't care about you because you are an average person. Last time I checked their salaries put them in that same category!

tuffy... tuffymama

No, Randomlady, many more municipal cops are being militarized by federal funds. Tanks, "SWAT" teams, AKs, grenades, and more scary stuff is probably headed to your area soon if it hasn't gotten there yet. A whole, new "law endorcement" complex is being built here. If they have the toys, they wanna play with them and any excuse will do. What I want to know is, when did they abandon the "to protect and to serve" mantra and get solely into the business of LAW ENFORCEMENT?



And this is scary stuff, and expensive to the taxpayers, when SWAT is deployed on a bogus call. People could get hurt.

mlg1989 mlg1989

Wow that is pretty stupid. Why the fuck would that be found funny?

QB2 QB2

It's just a bunch of prepubescent little shits pulling dangerous pranks. No one deserves that. To give these kids felony charges is most likely the only way to teach them a lesson they will actually learn.

2rcom4t 2rcom4t

Actually it's perfect, Call in a possible break in at a Celbs home only to have swat teams show up and find nothing do that a few times and well it will take a little longer for the Law to show up in the mean time Celb home is being cleaned out

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