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Monday, June 04, 2007

Before You Use That Public Drinking Fountain...

The idiotic laws we have in this country never cease to amaze.

Actually, in some cases it's not so much the laws themselves as it is the law enforcement personnel and prosecutors who are charged with applying them. Here's a doozy:

A Michigan man has been fined $400 and given 40 hours of community service for accessing an open wireless Internet connection outside a coffee shop.

Using an open wi-fi connection to check your email is a 5 year felony?

I'm not sure who's more reprehensible, the police department that had to look it up to see if it was a crime and then passed the buck on to the prosecutor or the prosecutor that said "It wasn't anything we were looking for, and it wasn't anything that we frankly particularly wanted to get involved in, but it basically fell in our lap and it was a little hard to just look the other way when somebody handed it to us". What a crock.

This entire matter could have been handled by someone, ANYONE, saying to the guy "hey, please stop doing that". Especially when there are no victims - it's not as if the cafe owner had an issue with his actions.

It's really a shame that there isn't a "common sense" defense.


Poker content is again lacking. No play.

Instead of reading my drivel, be sure to check out all the various bloggers working for the man. Pauly in particular is on fire with outstanding writeups of the first couple days - and no, I'm not just saying that because he got an endorsement from Erica Schoenberg.


In blogging as in golf - I have no short game. Later.

1 comment:

TripJax said...

"In blogging as in golf - I have no short game."

Love it.