Monday, August 29, 2005

Dude, you got pix'd!

After reading this I thought that I should share this remarkable story of a New York woman who was the victim of a flasher in the subway. This man exposed himself to her and started masturbating. She stayed calm, took out her cellphone and took a picture of him. He immediately zipped up and left the subway and this during the day. Although this is a sad story on one hand, on the other its a prime example that advanced mobile technology and the internet empowered this woman to take matters into her own hand to catch a pervert and by doing so most likely helped a lot of other women from this low-life.

Her story and the photo to be viewed here. (WARNING: this link takes you directly to an image which some people may find offensive.)

The newspaper story as it broke here.

I'm sure that this story is in the same mould as the young asian man in London who got abused by a racist London police officer and recorded the conversation on his cellphone thus proving his innocence.

Go mobile media go!!


At 9:51 AM, Blogger Luke said...

Good story. Pretty depressing to see a minority of comments on Flickr criticising the woman for encouraging 'mob justice', or for misusing the word 'molest', or even for apparently concocting a photoshop hoax.

By the way, I don't want to be censorious - this is totally legitimate material - but I'm just going to put a 'warning' up on your post because some people might find the photo offensive. (Your text does effectively warn people but just in case they head straight for the link..._

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Childfree! It could have been so simple! said...

Thanks for the edit although the image is a bit blurred anyway.

There are always some 'doubters' out there. The worst kind of justification I ever heard was of some NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association) who said that we shouldn't judge paedophile's prematurely as the child might have liked 'it'. And there are also well-known sicko's out there who say on television that "there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance".

I also want to say that I do not believe in 'mob justice' and this story is not about branding someone who has done the time and looks for rehabilitation but someone who got caught in the act.

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

I thought the article was fascinating. The comments were interesting as well, but also allowed us to see how far the story spread to other sites, and how quickly.

The quite vicious arguments from people ranging from statements that the photographer was propagating a digital witchhunt through to suggesting she wasn't really hurt were... interesting, and quite startling in their number.

Good post.


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