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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    Thales, 22 Sep 2007 @ 11:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The Scary part...

    I meant a gun, but not literally. And yes, they seem to compliment each other well, too bad registration isn't required, or confined to a single IP. But I guess if someone is a big enough loser they will irrevocably find a way around it.

    I think I'm going to call this discussion in the corner of those who agree with me, when you consider the concise method with which we've dissected their hypocritical crud I would say it is a knockout. Furthermore, just to be a l33t-d00d; I agree, I call Godwin's Law... therefore the discussion ended when the issue of Hitler was introduced. Not only do I win in a logical, civil debate, I guess Yar wins for being the first to call shenanigans on the anti-Bush/Anti-War rhetoric. Kudos to him and those that can actually have a discussion without turning into incoherent, slavering boobs.



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