Getting arrested for a crime because you were boasting about it on social media, to me, is dumber than breaking into someone’s house, making a big sandwich and then being found asleep and full on their sofa. See, with that other scenario there’s no free sandwich.
Emma Way, a British tax-advisor-in-training, took to Twitter recently to post the following message: “Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier – I have right of way he doesn’t even pay road tax! #bloodycyclists.”
Fellow twits, shocked at the insensitivity, alerted the local police department who then sent over a tweet of their own: “@emmaway20 we have had tweets ref an RTC with a bike. We suggest you report it at a police station ASAP if not done already & then dm us.” Damn, I love when cops send it right back, social media style.
Way instead deleted her Twitter account, but police monitored her other social media forums and found plenty of other instances of road misconduct, including photos of her speedometer greatly over the posted speed limit. Police were then able to link the accident with a broken side view mirror from her car. Fortunately, the cyclist only suffered minor injuries in the matter and hopefully he has since learned his role as a “pssant biker” in the land of cars.
Ironically, despite her training to be a tax advisor, Way had no clue that a “road tax” hasn’t existed in England since 1937. Still, as a pedestrian and a motorist, I know exactly how this soon to be jailbird feels about cyclists. This proper fit bird should ring me on the telly when she gets loose the nick.
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