In most countries, it’s illegal to drink and drive. But in Japan, it has now been proclaimed illegal to fly a drone while drunk. A new law has banned drunk droning, and the offenders could end up in prison for up to one year.
When flying a drone, you must know what your limitations are. When traveling with it, this knowledge expands to the drone laws of the country you’re visiting. If you choose to stay ignorant, you may end up in jail, and this is exactly what happened to a French tourist in Myanmar. Thanks to his ignorance of the country’s drone law, he was arrested and sentenced to a whole month in jail just because he was taking some aerial shots with a drone.
A British student was recently arrested for spying in Egypt after taking photos from an airplane. Reportedly, the 19-year-old Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem was accused of taking a photo of a military helicopter, and he was detained on arrival at Alexandria airport.
While artists use drones to capture epic photos and videos, there are people who, sadly, misuse these gadgets for criminal actions. But it was drone footage that recently put two drug dealers behind the bars. They accidentally filmed themselves while packing drugs. When they tried to smuggle them over the prison wall, the drone crashed and the footage of the dealers ended up in the police’s hands.
On Tuesday evening, an Instagram post with a threatening message sent a 14-year old boy to jail. The unnamed boy from Lemon Grove, California posted an AR-15-style rifle made of LEGO on his Instagram profile, captioned “Don’t come to school tomorrow.” Reportedly, another student asked him to take the photo down, and he refused. As a consequence, the student was arrested for making a criminal threat.
A man from the UK went to support a friend in court, but his wife wanted him to help out with the children and thought he was making up excuses to avoid his parental duties.
Eventually the husband took a selfie to prove to his suspicious spouse that he is in fact in the courthouse, but unfortunately for him the judge is not a fan of selfies and sent him to jail.
How many times have you wished you could go back in time and advice a younger version of yourself to avoid doing something with hideous consequences? Photographer Trent Bell came to the realization of the power of choices we take when a friend of his got sentences to 36 years in prison. The fact that this friend was an educated professional, a husband, and a father of four children got Bell obsessed with the impact of bad choices. Not only of his friend but also his own.
This realization resulted in a of photo project that merged large-scale portraits of inmates in the Maine prison system with handwritten letters the convicts composed as though writing to their younger selves. [Read More…]