Who would’ve ever thought that broadcasting your crimes online isn’t the best idea? You’re basically ensuring that you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of justice relatively quickly.
Such was the case of Boston University student Katia Checkwicz, who posted, then deleted a video of herself stealing and destroying a pair of yard signs supporting Donald Trump’s presidency. She claims that the homeowners were home during the time she stole their signs. In the video she claims she did this because someone on Twitter asked her to. Here’s the video footage from her since-deleted Tweet:
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In the days after she posted her video, Checkwicz came under fire from many users on Twitter. She explained the situation to users by claiming that she “did it as a laugh for [her] friends,” and that, “[her] parents thought it was hilarious.”
When users on Twitter began to question Checkwicz, who claims to live in Springfield, Mass., on the legality of her actions, she responded “I’ll just get fined,” and “[I] didn’t get arrested! Who’d’ve thunk! Just like all those cops with body cams. I guess that’s one double standard gone!”
When asked why she stole the signs she told Campus Reform that she did it on a whim.
“To be quite honest, it was impulsive,” she told Campus Reform. “I asked about it, and did it two minutes later without thinking anyone aside from my friends would care to see. I know it was wrong now, but people are tracking my phone number and address, and that’s just not okay. I don’t need a bunch of Twitter vigilantes trying to spook me into thinking I’m going to prison for this.”
She also claimed on Twitter that she did this because “I was angry. Tired of people like me being served injustice daily” and “White supremacists love sitting comfortably in their privilege, so my goal is to make them uncomfortable as possible via Twitter.”
We all know that she did this in hopes of going viral – so I guess she achieved her goal.
H/T Campus Reform
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