Yes, this actually happened. A 28-year-old woman from Miami Beach trespassed a high school. She pretended to be a school girl looking for a registration office to pass through the security and then caused multiple incidents that eventually led to her arrest. And why? So she could gain more Instagram followers among the students.
BBC News reports that 11 models from Ukraine – with some outlets reporting 40 models in total – have been arrested along with Russian photographer, Alexey Kontsov for what has been described as a “lewd” photoshoot on an apartment balcony in Dubai. The models face up to six months in prison with the photographer who organised the shoot potentially facing 18 months.
They were caught due to video footage being posted to social media by the photographer. It is believed that he initially told police that he was watching from a nearby apartment and not involved in the shoot but made the “fatal mistake” of posting the video online – a potential crime in the UAE. But videos and photos show footage from inside the apartment and on the balcony with the models, too.
A fire chief from Alabama recently pulled out a gun on a real estate photographer and a realtor who arrived at the house he was selling. The man claimed that he thought a camera was a gun, he smashed it against the ground, and the victims claim that it was, in fact, all because of the color of their skin.
Photojournalist Andy Aitchison (46) was recently arrested after photographing protests at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, UK. He was reportedly arrested on suspicion of criminal damage for taking photos. In other words – for doing his job. He believes it’s censorship, and some serious concerns have been raised about media freedom.
On 15 May, police officers in Meqheleng, South Africa reportedly beat photographer Paul Nthoba. He was photographing them for a local newspaper while they were enforcing the coronavirus lockdown. However, they allegedly attacked him verbally at first, and later physically – multiple times.
Sharing photos of your exotic vacation on social networks can be a double-edged sword, especially during the pandemic. For a 23-year-old tourist from New York, posting photos from his trip to Hawaii had him arrested. He reportedly broke the mandatory quarantine, and it was his Instagram photos that gave him away.
Instagram and YouTube star Vitaly Zdorovetskiy was recently jailed after climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza. He claims that he spent five days in an Egyptian jail and “saw horrible things” during this incredibly long imprisonment. And even though his half-witted venture didn’t really meet approval, he claims that he did it all “for a good cause.”
A social media influencer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after trying to violently steal a web domain name from a stranger. No, this isn’t a Black Mirror episode or an Onion article. The influencer known as “Polo” developed a scheme that involved a Taser, a gun, and his violent cousin who went to the stranger’s door. The cousin broke into the man’s home, and even some blood was spilled as he tried to force the man to give up the domain name.
This is one of those stories that just seems so outrageous, it has to be fake. Or it happened in Florida. I have no evidence of the latter, although I did discover this story via an Orlando “news” website. It begins with a post on Reddit, by user Breathofthemild420 who had a very unusual tale to tell. He spoke of a bride’s proposition: “You pay us $50 and then start taking photos that you can sell at the wedding to people who want them.”.
Naturally, he said no, before she turned into a bridezilla and he finally agreed to make her go just go away with no plan of actually turning up. On the day of the wedding, when he didn’t arrive, he says the bride and her father harassed him to the point of showing up at his house and beating on his door. But there’s so much more to this story.