Boston Police Still Calling Random Light-Up Devices 'Hoax' Bombs

from the it's-not-a-hoax dept

Earlier this year, a Cartoon Network marketing promotion became a huge story in the city of Boston when police assumed that some promotional light-up boxes were actually bombs. Rather than admit that they made a mistake and overreacted, the authorities in Boston continued to accuse the folks behind the promotion of perpetrating a "hoax" on the city. Of course, a hoax is where you try and trick people. None of the folks involved in the promotion were trying to trick anyone into believing the promotional devices were bombs. They were simply promotional. However, Boston still seems to be focused on calling any electronics device they don't understand a hoax device. The latest situation involves an MIT student wearing a sweatshirt that included a homemade electrical component that would light up LEDs on the sweatshirt. It's certainly understandable that security would want to check out the device and understand it. It's even somewhat understandable that they would be quite concerned about a homemade electrical device found in a sweatshirt. Walking into an airport with such a device is asking for trouble. However, to then accuse her of possessing a "hoax device," seems a bit absurd. This wasn't a "hoax" device at all. She wasn't trying to trick anyone.

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    Dave, 22 Sep 2007 @ 1:48pm


    The easy answer, which I largely agree with, is that it's an over-reaction. The thing was harmless.

    But it doesn't consider context. Let's see, Logan airport - origin of 9/11 multiple fiery death planes. Um, would it be surprising that Logan employees might be just a little bit overly vigilant, maybe even bordering on paranoia? And knowing that, even if you were 100% harmless, wouldn't you want to at least try a little bit to avoid calling attention to yourself? And even if it's wrong, oh, so WRONG to do that to an innocent student, especially in OUR United States, wouldn't it occur to you that maybe, just maybe, they might make an example of you, and it might stick due to political pressure?

    Of course not. This is normal behavior for an adolescent college student, even a brainiac. "Nothing can happen to me - I'm invincible, I'm smart, and mummy and daddy will fix it if I make a little booboo. ROTFL!" And by her smug expression in court, it's pretty clear that she doesn't give a sh*t. At least her own mother had the sense to say that she was stupid. She's essentially right, but extremely stupid.

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