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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    AHumanMind, 23 Sep 2007 @ 9:18am

    Appropriate to call police. Disorderly--yes.

    I've reviewed the video.

    a) A breadboard with wires, scotch tape, LEDs and a dangling 9-volt battery was crudely attached to a shirt.

    b) The black shirt had hand lettering on the back saying "Socket to me" and "Course VI".

    c) Unlike a gameboy or an ipod, this device could intentionally heighten security concerns.

    d) It was completely appropriate for a non-engineer to call in the experts to investigate.

    e) Society does not need to be permissive to disorderly conduct and antagonistic hoaxes. Thanks #59.

    f) The 19-year-old is a good candidate for the Darwin Award as her own "Socket to me" suggests. Thanks #84.

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