The irresponsible use of social media frequently lands people in unfortunate predicaments. For instance, a young woman publicly lost her job before even starting – thanks to her Twitter activities – and a guy even went to jail for posting a derogatory status about his employer on Facebook.
You might be tempted to disregard these cases as exceptions to the rule, of people getting snared by venting their frustration at the wrong time and place. But it's more common than you'd think.
Just check out these people already in deep trouble with the law, who didn't bother to think twice before giving themselves away to the police with their nonsensical use of social media.
There is no limit to human idiocy and these people are a testament to that.
Wanted for stealing a stove from a camp in Pierce Pond Township, Maine, Christopher Wallace recently posted on Snapchat that he was back in his home in Fairfield. After the information was relayed to the police, authorities showed up at the fugitive’s house.
However, once they got there, they couldn’t finding Wallace in his home until the dumb criminal posted on Snapchat – again – that the police were in the house looking for him and he was hiding in a cabinet. Needless to say, the police searched the cabinets and arrested him.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio posted a “wanted ad” for Adrew Marcum on their Facebook page. The fugitive was wanted for assault, abduction, domestic violence and burglary charges.
Conveniently, the criminal himself responded to the ad the very same day. He commented on the status, taunting the police – as if his profile picture wasn’t enough of a giveaway.
Sixteen-year-old Maxwell Morton allegedly shot his classmate, Ryan Mangan, in Pennsylvania and then took a selfie with his corpse. Then to take the matters a step further, he sent the photo to a classmate via Snapchat. That friend took a screenshot of the murder selfie, and a day later, his mom showed the picture to the cops.
Morton was arrested and police recovered a 9mm handgun from his possession.
Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski
The over-confident criminal Wanda Podgurski was on the run from law enforcement agencies after being convicted of disability and insurance fraud. However, she made the stupid mistake of taunting the police by tweeting “Catch me if you can” from her Twitter account.
The 60-year-old had also tweeted: “Help find me before I con anyone else.”
Logan Rhys James from south Wales was on the run from police, a week after being released early from his prison sentence for a street knife attack. The police posted the 19-year-old's mug shot on Facebook, asking about the criminal’s whereabouts.
In an utter act of obnoxiousness, James himself commented on the ad, saying: "Haha catch me if you can wont [sic] see me slipping.”
He was arrested the next day.