Guy loses a Facebook bet with the police and turns himself in
He was on the run, with a warrant out against him. What did he choose to do? Taunt the police on Facebook. Genius. A Facebook user by the name of Champagne Torino was already wanted, when he decided to test the police's ability to screw over a citizen (bad idea).
"Yeah I’m not worried about it. If your next post gets a thousand shares I’ll turn myself in with a dozen doughnuts and that’s a promise. And I’ll pick up every piece of litter around your public schools, let’s see if you can get those shares."
In response, the Redford Township Police Department simply screenshotted the post. Long story short, they racked up 4.4 thousand shares and this goofy man had clearly screwed himself over.
But, did he really bring the doughnuts? The answer is yes! The police department posted:
"Zaydel made good on his promise to turn himself in to RTPD for his outstanding warrants. He walked in on his own and not only did he bring the doughnuts, he brought one bagel! We would again like to express our gratitude for the support of all who followed this, shared it and left us positive feedback."
James Calhoun, a commenter, was impressed enough to write this:
"Dude turned himself in that is change. He kept his word. The word for that is ‘Integrity’. I don’t condone any of his criminal history. People do a hell of a lot less than this guy within various aspects of life and those people are never accountable for their actions. It is a right step in the right direction. Change doesn’t happen overnight or in a year even. Humans are creatures of habit. Habits which are hard to break. A single step in the right direction! Good for him."
He was sentenced to 39 days in jail, for violating the strict terms of his probation. Now, that's not such a bad charge. He was a fool on social media, but then he rectified it. At least he did stick by his word, and those doughnuts could constitute a kind of bribe for good behavior...
In another twist of fate, a commentator claimed that the man was one of her former students, in a move straight out of the playbook of Breaking Bad:
"Michael was one of my students. He had a heart of gold, a dry sense of humour and was extremely artistic. I’m glad he turned himself in and now I hope he turns things around, makes better choices and gets his life back on track. I know he can do it."
It's easy to read stories like this and laugh at the idiocy of the criminal, but really, unless he's done something abysmal like murder, assault or a robbery, 'criminal' is too serious a label. Many people struggle with the law for years before sorting themselves out. If we label them this early and condemn them as a failed citizen, nothing good can come of it.
Here's to hoping for his future, and the future of all young people who find themselves constantly dealing with the law.