More shots fired at online mug shot sites, but are they blanks?
Remember John Doe? A few weeks after CL ran a news column on the nameless Georgia Tech grad student's struggle to remove his mug shot from a couple of for-profit online websites in advance of attending a campus career fair, the New York Times ran an investigative expos that reportedly lit a fire under that industry's collective ass.
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“Yet another average white man.”
Since: Jun 11
#1 Oct 25, 2013
These a-holes have a picture of me from a mid 90s arrest for hunting without a proper permit. I had a valid permit, but it was in the truck about 200 yards from where I was perched. Didn't matter to the game warden who acted like barney Fife on steroids. You would have thought I was Bin Laden himself the way this yokel handled the whole situation.
I bailed out in less than an hour and went to court a week later. The judge reprimanded the game warden for being over-zealous and dismissed the charges. BUT, my "mug-shot" is still there for all to see. Every once in a while the charge changes from "Hunting without a License" to "Violation of County Ordinance".
The digital age is a blessing and a curse. I have only had 1 employer in 8 years ask me about it. I still have the paperwork showing it was dismissed and will probably have to hang on to it the rest of my life. It's not a felony, but the private sector has turned it into a "Virtual Felony".
Personally, if a company uses this meager incident as an excuse to avoid hiring me, I feel they have done me a favor. Why would I work for such a STUPID organization?
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