When Joseph Shepherd decided to fake a webcam suicide, he didn’t expect to get arrested. But that’s what N.Y. State Police officers did after Interpol spotted the public stunt in a web chatroom. Heres WKBW, from Lockport, NY:
Individuals that run a chat room website contacted the local authorities in England and stated that several members that were in the chat room observed Shepherd apparently commit suicide via webcam. Interpol London was in turn contacted by local law enforcement in Gwent England and advised them that a white male had committed suicide while broadcasting his webcam over the Internet.
When contacted by troopers, Shepherd was found to be “in good health and not deceased,” and promptly booked for second-degree Aggravated Asshattery.
Here’s the rule on hoaxes: would it be cool if Borges had done it? If not, don’t do it.