You wouldn’t think that something as simple as a joke could get you detained in the hoosegow, but like anything anymore, it seems you can definitely end up in jail for pulling an online gag. Here are ten Internet jokes which resulted in people looking out at the world from between iron bars.
1. James Buss, 2007
This guy was a teacher from Wisconsin who posted a comment regarding the Columbine shootings. He was being sarcastic, delivering a tongue in cheek praise to those who carried the crime out. Basically, he wound up getting arrested and was charged with disorderly conduct. He made bail after one hour, and permanent charges were not filed against him.
2. Paul Chambers, 2010
Chambers had plans to fly, and Doncaster was seeing some pretty nasty snow. In his frustration he tweeted a threat to blow up the airport if they didn’t get things moving in his favor. He was arrested one week later at work under the Terrorism Act, and he was banned from the airport for the rest of his natural life. Authorities also confiscated all his devices. Charges were dropped two-and-a-half years later by the Crown Court.