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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    Pro, 24 Sep 2007 @ 11:22am


    "Stupid" is a tough term to apply to someone. Most of the MA police can't do multiplication, but they make a shitload of money - so who's stupid? Corrupt, definitely. By keeping a state of panic, they are able to constantly day in and day out keep an inflated budget and be fat and happy.

    Maybe they are stupid though, this is the same bunch that - upon seeing all the kids going crazy after the sox won the ALCS in 2004, started shooting them down from rafters with souped up paintball guns filled with pepper spray. They didn't manage to kill any of the kids by shooting them off the rafters, but they did manage to kill a college aged girl with a direct shot to the eye. Anyone who has ever seen or heard of paintball knows that you wear eye protection for a reason. None of them could have figured that out before they deployed this "non-lethal" weapon? Or did the O'Finnegan company make and sell the paintball guns...

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