A wanted Michigan man challenged local police on Facebook saying he would turn himself in if the department were to get 1,000 shares on its next post. On Friday, Champagne Torino left a comment on the Redford Township Police Department’s Facebook page on a post about a home invasion. After the department threatened to block him from its page, Torino challenged the police in a private Facebook message saying if their next post received 1,000 shares, he would turn himself in, bring a dozen doughnuts to the station and pick up litter around public schools.
The challenge was accepted by the department. After making Torino’s message public, the post received the 1,000 shares in just over an hour. As of Monday morning, the post has received over 3,800 shares and Torino still has not turned himself in. (Mashable)
In the words of Mark Twain, “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.” I'm convinced that social media is a tool created by the state to catch moronic criminals with a superiority complex. Time after time we see young people posting videos or pictures online of themselves doing illegal things. And for what, a few likes and a bit of attention? This reminds me of that girl who filmed her friend throwing a drink on two men who were kneeling during the national anthem at a Lakers game. Both girls thought it would be a brilliant idea to post the video on Twitter with a snarky caption about how you should react when people disrespect the flag. I'm not going to get into the substance of what they did, the crime they committed, or why it goes against everything America stands for, that's for another day. I'd rather look at why they did it. Obviously, this wasn't about being truly offended by the men kneeling because if it were, the girl wouldn't have had her friend filming the entire incident. This was all about getting likes and followers. They basically threw away any chance of future employment to impress Russian MAGA trolls.
At the end of the day, Mr. Torino will most likely be caught due to his newfound internet fame and those girls will spend the rest of their lives trying to explain to potential employers why committing battery in the name of internet fame – oops, I mean patriotism – is a quality of a great employee. Hope it was worth it!