People are stupid.
A 17-year-old in Kennewick, Wa. is one of those stupid people. Because he is underage, his name hasn’t been released, but to make this story easier to understand we’ll call him Smith. Smith is probably a lot like any other 17-year-old. He might enjoy video games, skateboarding, oh, and watching a little porn at the local office furniture store.
That’s right, our dear friend Smith made a series of stupid choices, one of which was watching porn in a store. But since he is our “dear friend” we can easily, and sarcastically, justify his actions.
First, Smith broke into Bella Office Furniture. It was a risky move, but how else could he ensure that the furniture was up to his standards?
Next he got on the office computer, logged onto the Internet, and checked out his MySpace. He most likely needed to update his status to, “hanging in Bella Office Furniture, hit me up if you want something.” In fact, according to an AP report, he also used the office computer to start selling the merchandise he had stolen. He must be a smart kid, I mean, why not kill two birds with one stone? This way he wouldn’t need to take more than necessary, and if the clients had specific requests he could satisfy those needs more efficiently.
And when Smith had finished business, it was time to watch a little porn. By that time, he had a hard day at the office (furniture store) and he needed to relax. As Oprah has said, “You can’t take care of others, until you take care of yourself.”
It turns out that from the police officers’ perspectives, his actions weren’t quite as justifiable as I tried to make them. And, his “smart” move of logging on to Myspace, well, that may have been a dead giveaway.
Smith certainly has a lot to learn, and as my fellow editor, Bob Seeholzer pointed out last week, the Internet can be a dangerous place.
I think Facebook and MySpace are possibly two of the most dangerous places. Not only will they help the police figure out if you broke into a store and used a computer, but they could also provide your address, telephone number and birth date.
When I logged on to my Twitter this week, something I rarely do, it said that I could include my location with my tweets. Now, is it really necessary for everyone to know where I am?
A Web site called pleaserobme.com is trying to say just that. According to their Web site, the creators don’t want anyone to get robbed, but they are pointing out Facebook and MySpace users’ stupidity.
When you share with people where you live, information about the new flat-screen TV you just bought, and that you’re going to the movies for the night—guess what; you just asked to be burglarized.
A man named Michael Fraser knows a little something about the way a burglar thinks. Fraser works for BBC as a “reformed burglar.” It is an interesting title, but he has turned over a new leaf and is making a career out of it.
This “expert” calls social media sites “Internet shopping for burglars.” According to an article on Reuters.com, “[Aside from] information about [people taking] trips, people [are] posting party photos, showing the interiors of homes, and also chatting about their cool new purchases and presents.”
Fraser said, “It is incredibly easy to use social networking sites to target people, and then scope out more information on their actual home all from the comfort of the sofa.”
So, while Smith made a lot of stupid choices, just having a MySpace account may have been the biggest mistake in his eyes. Before you leave for the weekend, or steal from a store, think of Smith and don’t share too much personal info or update your social network site profile.