True Crime Online Newsletter - May 18, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Boy bewildered by 'old fashioned' pay phone in viral video
A young boy named Jake became the physical embodiment of the generational divide when he came face to face with his first payphone and was utterly bewildered. The video shared on YouTube by AFV shows the young boy, addressed by the woman shooting the video as "Jake," puzzling over the 20th-century relic in an attempt to figure out the intended purpose of the anachronistic device. Only when the videographer explains the concept of a phone booth does the boy have a realization: "Is this an old fashioned phone?" The video has been viewed by nearly 300,000 users -- many of whom were likely using the pay phone's descendant, the modern cellphone.

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New York Starbucks worker out of a job after freakout video goes viral - 05/18/15
A New York Starbucks employee fired over a viral video of her berating a customer said she quit after being suspended by the coffee chain. Ruby Chen, a customer at a Starbucks location in New York's Queens borough, shared a video of the encounter on YouTube, which was originally recorded and posted to Facebook Thursday by fellow customer Pennapa Castro with the title, "too much attitude at Starbucks."

Girl’s Reply To Online Harassment Makes The Guy Delete His Account - 05/17/15
Harassing and bullying people on Facebook is very common nowadays and somewhere or the other we girls have faced it as well. Getting vulgar messages and multiple friend requests from different accounts is something that we are used to and have kind of learnt to ignore it. But unlike many of us who choose to ignore and bear such things, one brave girl decided to do something about it, so that no one can ever dare to even think about doing such a thing. Prerna Pratham Singh is that girl who refused to neglect it and this is what she did…

Woman charged with stalking ex-boyfriend - 05/15/15
Deputies say a woman was so upset about getting dumped, so she created chaos and terror as revenge.

Pawtucket man accused of stalking Providence woman - 05/15/15
A 45-year-old Pawtucket man is accused of sending underwear, unwanted letters and emails to a 20-year-old Providence woman he does not know.The Providence Journal reports police have charged 45-year-old George Gould with cyberstalking, a misdemeanor that carries a possible sentence of a year in prison.

Coquitlam teen admits to 'swatting' offences - 05/15/15
A Coquitlam teen who prompted numerous “swatting” incidents last year on families around Canada and the U.S. pleaded guilty today (Friday) to a dozen more charges. The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified under a publication ban because of his age, has now admitted to a total of 23 offences of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment.

Reddit Clamps Down on Harassment of Its Users - 05/15/15
In the 10 years since Reddit launched, the Internet has become a dramatically different place, which is why the self-described "front page of the Internet" is changing its policies to expressly prohibit attacks and harassment of people using its site. The new policy is particularly noteworthy as it comes into being under the leadership of interim CEO Ellen Pao (pictured), who recently lost a $16 million gender discrimination case against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Man admits to cyberstalking for revenge, police say - 05/14/15
It's the first cyberstalking case the Daytona Beach Police Department has ever worked on, and investigators said the case has been going on for years. Christopher Daguanno, 45, is accused of using a man's identity to cyberstalk a woman for revenge. "Apparently, he asked her for a date some point in time, and she turned him down, and he said that she and the other gentleman, they were calling him fat," said Jimmie Flynt, with Daytona Beach Police Department.

Trolls still Trolling on Twitter, despite Anti-Harassment Policy - 05/14/15
Internet harassment is still a thing on Twitter. The company’s anti-abuse policy has been a consistent subject of praise from a lot of anti-discrimination groups since it was first announced. Truth be told, everyone who hated internet trolls loved the new approach, and who doesn’t hate trolls? But according to a recent study, a lot more work needs to be done. And Twitter says it is up for the challenge.

Oklahoma high school apologizes after students dance with dead cats in YouTube clip - 05/14/15
An Oklahoma high school apologized after a video emerged showing students dancing with dead cats intended for classroom dissection. The video, shared on YouTube by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, shows the Harding Charter Preparatory High School students performing a choreographed routine in a classroom to the tune of the Meow Mix cat food jingle while holding the dead cats.

Killed for being a feminist? Women's group complains of cyberstalking and harassment by sports team in weeks before college member was 'choked to death by roommate' - 05/13/15
A feminist group on the campus of the University of Mary Washington has accused the school of failing to act on sexual and violent cyberthreats made against its members. Feminists United said members received hundreds of anonymous, profane messages and death threats for their public opposition to Greek life and for speaking out against an offensive chant by the rugby team. The group was working on the complaint before the April 17 slaying of board member Grace Rebecca Mann, 20, of McLean.

This Is How Trolls Treat Women On The Internet - 05/13/15
A new Twitter hashtag shows just how rough it is being a woman on the Internet. Online harassment-reporting platform HeartMob asked Twitter users to share their stories using #MyTroll, and the results are truly staggering.

Man accused of cyberstalking ex-wife - 05/12/15
A Winn Parish man has been arrested by Union Parish sheriff’s deputies for cyberstalking and violating a protective order. Arrested Monday and booked into the parish detention center was Ricky Joseph Bergeron, 38, of Dub Bryant Road, Atlanta. His total bond on the two charges was set at $6,600.


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