Cell phone cameras were a great, but also really annoying and bothersome, invention. I'm so tried of this new trend of taking photos of unsuspecting people wherever, whenever, doing whatever, and then posting them online. There just seems to be absolutely no thought for people's privacy anymore. So I was thrilled when I saw this story of student who got arrested for posting pictures of people on Twitter who were doing nothing but working out at the gym. The little jerk student, Caleb Kordsmeier, ran a Twitter account called @HPERprobsUARK. Well, I guess it's Caleb's problem now. The account was solely to post pics of people working out at the university gym. Without them knowing.
Police began investigating the account after people working out had their photos posted on Twitter for all to see. Yeah, that's just what you want, right? As if there's not enough intimidation when you go to the gym, you really want some jerk-off posting photos of your workout.
Apparently some of the photos were taken with the knowledge of the people involved -- but others were not. And those photos included pics of people in the locker room! Seriously, dude, what??
Police didn't say what the specific charge against this little asswipe was, but hopefully it starts a trend of arresting people who do this kind of thing for invasion of privacy. I often see pictures of people that were obviously taken without them knowing on my Facebook feed. Sometimes it's just cute photos -- like a friend who took a pic of a guy in a silly hat sitting on the subway.
But let's think for a second here, okay? What if that guy had taken the day off work because he's sick. And then he gets on the subway for whatever reason -- maybe he was going to get meds, maybe he wasn't really sick -- and then his boss sees the photo and he gets in trouble. You never know what unintended repercussions your snapping habit could have.
It's one thing if it's a big news story. You see someone committing a crime and snap it? Okay. But these random moments that capture people just going about their day and then foist them into the cybersphere -- that I have a problem with.
So I'm glad this guy was taught his lesson. I certainly hope he was banned from that gym.
What do you think about posting pics of people online?
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