Try as hard as they will this won't teach the message they are looking for.... The only message I see kids getting from this is drink alcohol out of a plastic cup, and/or don't post the picture online....
[citation][nom]Kevin Parrish[/nom]One student even protested that the Facebook tactic was a breach of privacy[/citation]That's a rather silly argument, and it seems to be the default for people who get caught doing something.
This seems like just another way for cops to go undercover.
I read the article up to a point thinking "so? did he buy drinks for a 16 year old?" (as I am from the UK and a year younger than the guy who got busted but can drink as much as I want).
I don't understand why the legal age is still so high?
Is the law kept just so they can fine people to get revenue to bust parties so they can keep employing (possibly) too many police officers and have something to do?
Why not just tell the cops that it wasn't beer - that he, being the law abiding citizen that he is - poured the beer out and filled it up with Pepsi Cola. It is college after-all, so glasses/cups are luxury items. The fact that he was holding a beer bottle isn't a crime - so how could those dirty pigs (those cops) be sure that there was beer inside of it. Very strange story!
And you know what else just occurred to me - isn't there some sort of a rule on facebook which deters people from activating and operating an account under false pretenses? I don't know, just thinking...
Pretty sad tactic's if you ask me. I don't think the Law has the right to even enter facebook, it was created to connect people not introduce them to the law. We get plenty of law enforement out on the streets, we don't need it in facebook. I would love to see the government step in on this one like they are on Heath Care.
but how do they know he didn't photoshop the beer in? If i goto the police station with a picture of myself holding a pot plant can I go to prison? I can easily photoshop a pot plant into my hands, just like a beer bottle. I don't doubt that the beer is actually real in this case; my point is that there is no way of PROVING that the beer is real since its possible digitally manipulate photographs very, very well these days--especially a picture off of the internet.