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Idiot on Twitter Arrested Because Shooting People Is Cool for Retweets

This story from the Los Angeles Times, sent to me by our fearless leader, really intrigued me for two reasons.

1. See what trends begging for retweets will get you?

2. In what back-asswards universe would anyone think this was a good idea?

What are we discussing? Meet Dakkari Dijon McAnuff, a 20-year-old dunderhead whose parents shouldn’t have been allowed to breed because of their choice of made-up first names and fancy condiments for middle names.

This jackleg fool thought he would capitalize on current trends and beg for retweets, “100 RT’s (Re-Tweets) and I’ll shoot someone walking.” Social media goes crazy and McAnuff was traced to his residence at the 700 block of 9th Street and promptly arrested (with an air rifle), the Times says.

He is being held on suspicion of making criminal threats and being a dumb@$$. His bail has been set at $50,000. Let’s hope he has 10 cents to his name.

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#PRFail: Newport Beach Marketing Director Fired Over LAX Shooting Tweet

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / November 4, 2013)

TSA agents leave flowers and say a prayer at a memorial at LAX. Funny, right?

If you are responsible for social media in any fashion, you strive to know what is trending in pop culture. That useless knowledge actually contributes to time-sensitive tweets and relevant posts. And then, there is what Jeff Soto, former marketing director for Newport Beach, Calif. did

You’ll remember the tragic shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that left one agent dead and seven other travelers injured. While that left people reeling for days, Soto thought that would be a great opportunity to shill for his city and impress the corner office. To wit, he tweets this gem (courtesy of Mekahlo Medina of KNBC in L.A.):

I understand tourism dollars may be down with the economy, but is this fool serious?!

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Busted: Fashion Publicist Doubles as International Art Thief

Today in Dumb Criminals News: back in June someone brazenly walked into an art gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, grabbed a Salvador Dali drawing valued at $150,000, and walked away. Just like that. The perfect crime? Not really–the thief, apparently suffering from pangs of guilt, anonymously mailed the picture back to the gallery as soon as law enforcement released security camera photos of the heist.

We have a feeling 29-year-old Milan resident Phivos Istavrioglou regrets that decision: he was arrested and charged with second-degree grand larceny yesterday. Investigators ID’d him after matching fingerprints taken from a 2012 Whole Foods shoplifting arrest to those on the canvas.

Our favorite parts of this story: Investigators apparently identified him as a suspect after discovering that he’d searched for information on the theft before it became public knowledge–and they convinced him to return to New York by posing as gallery owners and offering him a consulting job!

Oh, we almost forgot: he worked as a publicist for French fashion label Moncler. We don’t know how well he performed in that gig, but he certainly knows how to get unwanted attention from the press! We have a feeling he won’t be tweeting again anytime soon, though…