Well fireworks are illegal in Virginia so at least that charge has a good chance of sticking. But joke or no joke, there is a case to be made. Granted, he will likely only get a slap on the wrist but again, there is a case to be made.
And "overreacting" or not, that butt-nugget should have known better. Like they say in airports "We take all threats seriously". Remember Columbine?... lata, jeremy
------------- "When I take action I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive." GWB
I think it is good that they took action against him. People need to realize that you CAN NOT make jokes that threaten the security of others. Maybe if we (society in general) weren't so quick to make stupid jokes or comments like that then, when a person or people would make a threatening comment they would be taken more seriously. How would you feel if someone made a threatening comment about something to you and you ignored it only to find out they they carried out their threat? We need to take threats that people make more seriously (in all cases ie., school, work, the bar, ANYWHERE)! Also, I think people should be more afraid to make jokes or threats about someone or something. That type of behavior should just not be tolerated!
I agree - this is appropriate action, even if he was joking. There are some things you just don't joke about, and you can't take chances with it -- how do you tell who the real one is in a lineup of jokers? You arrest and investigate them all. Security is nothing to be trifled with, joked about, or taken for granted.
There is a BIG difference between someone jokingly telling his friends he has a bomb in a car and someone seriously implying they mean to detonate a bomb.
Even if it's in poor taste, since when do we ARREST people for joking about sensitive subjects? That's not the USA we pride ourselves on! People are all too willing to give up their rights for a little sense of security, it's a bad precedent to set.
Having illegal fireworks in his car though, that may be grounds for some nights in jail (but a $10,000 bond?).
Seeing that he had a trunkload of "thunderbombs" in his vehicle, his comment was probably along the lines of : "I have a whole trunk full of bombs...", probably said to a co-worker in a playful manner. Someone wanted to set an example or use it as an excuse to fire the kid. I agree with jgfama that his arrest was probably more about the physical presence of fireworks, or "explosives" as the law sees them as the same. aying you have a bomb and finding a trunk full of ANY kind of explosive is gonna get you in some sort of trouble, especially right now. I'm sure he has already learned his lesson, lost his job, and will be fined for the fireworks infraction.
I had a friend in high school who was caught setting off little black cat firecrackers. He was fined for "illegal use of explosives without a permit". The fine was like $50. -----------------
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Too bad that this has to happen, when will people learn that when you call in a bomb threat you are going to get busted no matter where you call from. The Telecom industry isn't what it used to be. ----------------- BMCOASTER
Even if the case doesn't hold uop, I'll bet he won't get his job back. I commend Busch for firing him. This is not something to joke about. ----------------- G.Bush:We will find those who did it, smoke them out of their holes, get them running, and bring them to justice. I pray that I will never see a Six Flags Conneaut Lake
FP wrote :"Even if it's in poor taste, since when do we ARREST people for joking about sensitive subjects?"
This has nothing to do with "sensitive subjects" in the connotation which you imply. Obviously, there are laws on the books against making bomb threats (see the article). There are other instances when a "joke" can land you in trouble (Yelling 'Fire!' in a crowded theater comes to mind) lata, jeremy -Ignorance of the law does not mean freedom from the law