Cry-Baby of the Week: A Rapper Might Be Going to Jail Because of His Lyrics
Also this week: A hotel fined a couple $160 for leaving a negative review online.
It's time, once again, to marvel at some idiots who don't know how to handle the world:
Cry-Baby #1: The San Diego District Attorney's Office
The incident: A guy made a rap album.
The appropriate response: Listening to it or not listening to it. Depending on your taste.
The actual response: He has been arrested and could face life in prison.
According to the San Diego District Attorney's Office, 33-year-old rapper Tiny Doo (real name Brandon Duncan) is part of the same gang as 14 men who are about to stand trial for a series of shootings.
According to the LA Times, there is no evidence showing that Brandon was involved in the shootings. Nor are prosecutors trying to prove he was.
He's instead being prosecuted under a California state law that has existed since 2000 but has not been used until now. The law allows for gang members to be arrested if they "benefit" from crimes committed by other gang members.
Prosecutors argue that he has been able to sell more because the profile of Brandon's gang was raised by the attempted murders.
Brandon's attorney, Brian Watkins, called the charges "unconstitutional" and "a waste of the taxpayer's money." Speaking to ABC News, he said, "It's shocking. He has no criminal record, nothing in his lyrics says go out and commit a crime, nothing in his lyrics references these shootings, yet they are holding him liable for conspiracy."
Brandon is currently being held on $1 million bail. His trial begins December 4. If convicted, he reportedly could face 25 years to life in prison.
You can listen to his album here. Presumably, if he doesn't end up going to prison for the rest of his life, he's going to be pretty psyched about all the free publicity the DA just gave him.
Cry-Baby #2: The Broadway Hotel
The incident: Some people left a negative review of a hotel on TripAdvisor.
The appropriate response: Nothing.
The actual response: The hotel fined them £100 ($160).
Last month, married couple Tony and Jan Jenkinson spent a night at the Broadway Hotel in Blackpool, England.
The stay was, according to the couple, not a very nice one. Speaking to BBC News, Tony described how the room had no hot water, a broken kettle (a big deal if you're English), and a chest of drawers which collapsed when he tried to open them.
He says he told hotel staff about all of these issues.
After they left, the couple wrote a review of the hotel on TripAdvisor. In their review, they called the hotel a "filthy stinking hovel."
They're not alone in this sentiment. One reviewer on TripAdvisor reported seeing staff members drinking alcohol while serving breakfast. Other reviews called the hotel "filthy," "terrible," "awful," and "horrific."
A few days after posting the review, the couple noticed an additional £100 ($160) had been charged to their account by the hotel. Jan called to ask about the charge and was told it was the hotel's policy to fine guests who leave negative reviews online.
According to a followup story on the BBC, in response to the backlash the hotel has agreed to refund the money to the couple and vows to "improve their facilities." Staying sober until at least noon might be a good idea too.
Which of this lot is the bigger cry-baby? Let us know in this poll down here:
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