“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
Have you ever Googled yourself to see if there is anything on the internet about you, or even if there are any other people with the same name as you?
I bet you have. I think everyone does at some stage. Some people call it ‘ego-surfing’.
I actually hadn’t, but I did just now. Apparently there’s a British Member of Parliament and a Realtor in Kentucky using my name. I’ll have to put a stop to that!
But getting back to today’s post. There’s nothing wrong with Googling yourself, unless of course you are a moron, in which case the consequences can be both unseen (for you) and quite traumatic.
That’s what happened to a guy called Christopher Viatafa.
He’s a moron.
And a criminal.
In fact Christopher was being sought in connection with a shooting during a private party at the San Leandro Senior Center in California. Police said he got into an argument, pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds into the ground.
He was forced out of the area, but not before he fired more rounds. No one was hit, but police investigators were looking for him for allegedly discharging a firearm toward an inhabited dwelling.
That was okay, as far as he was concerned.
But then the astute Christopher Googled his name, found a picture of himself on a “Most Wanted” website….
wait for it….
you know what’s coming….
promptly surrendered to San Leandro police in connection with a shooting.
Viatafa told police he had looked himself up online and found his mug on the “Northern California Most Wanted” website, maintained by the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, a group of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
“That is why he turned himself in,” police said.
By the following Friday, Viatafa was listed on the website as a “captured fugitive”.
The website didn’t say that he had captured himself.