The Stupid Gene Is Alive And ThrivingMarch 28, 2010
I found these news stories in the Metro paper recently. I’ve decided to put them together because they all have one thing in common: the stupid gene is very much alive and well in the criminal world. Let me present to you the evidence.
The gunman who posed on Facebook
A young man posted a photo of himself on Facebook. There’s nothing wrong with this of course – unless the photo shows him pointing an automatic pistol towards the camera. On receipt of a tip off from a concerned Facebook user, the police were all over him like a rash. When they searched the home he shared with his parents in Handsworth, Birmingham, they found an imitation pistol illegally converted to fire live rounds. The man pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm. He now has plenty of time in jail, five years, to be exact, to think about that particularly stupid act.
The couple that boasted on TV about shoplifting
A couple boasted on the Dr Phil show about their shoplifting sprees and how they sold the goods on Ebay, making £67,000. They told Dr Phil they made £2,500 a week on their haul and even allowed themselves to be filmed ‘on the job,’ with their three children in tow. Before they were sent to jail, one of the couple told the judge he regretted going on TV. I bet he does. The desire to have your 15 minutes is very strong. Using these people for entertainment shows the stupid gene is also alive and well in TV land.
The drug dealer selling cocaine behind a police van
A man dealing in cocaine used the back of a white van as cover for his business. Unfortunately for him, that van was part of a police surveillance team who were watching him. He was arrested once they obtained video evidence of him dealing two wraps of heroin and one of crack cocaine. A jail sentence was the natural conclusion to this story.
If you would care to present your own stupid gene stories to the court, then please do so. They will get a fair hearing and sentence will be passed, if necessary.