History UsefulNotes / StayingOutOfLegalTrouble

17th Jul '16 11:05:09 PM MsChibi
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** If the person in question has actually done something ''illegal'', report them to the appropriate law enforcement official. That's way more effective than "signal boosting" on the Internet. If the person hasn't done anything ''illegal'' (just upsetting), then simply unfollow or unfriend them, and if necessary, report the offending post to the site's administrative team. If they harass you, report that to site admins as well.

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** If the person in question has actually done something ''illegal'', report them to the appropriate law enforcement official.official, as well as to site admins. That's way more effective than "signal boosting" on the Internet. If the person hasn't done anything ''illegal'' (just upsetting), then simply unfollow or unfriend them, and if necessary, report the offending post to the site's administrative team. If they harass you, report that to site admins as well.
17th Jul '16 11:04:24 PM MsChibi
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** If the person in question has actually done something ''illegal'', report them to the appropriate law enforcement official. That's way more effective than "signal boosting" on the Internet. If the person hasn't done anything ''illegal'' (just upsetting), then simply unfollow or unfriend them, and if necessary, report the offending post to the site's administrative team. If they harass you, report that to site admins as well.
14th Jul '16 6:35:28 PM MsChibi
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** On a related note, don't make threats [[{{GIFT}} online]], either. No matter what. Remember, the Internet is not as anonymous as you think it is, and making threats against a person/their family/their property/all of the above can get you in trouble, just like in meatspace. Similarly, don't [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing "doxx"]] other people; even if ''you'' wouldn't threaten or harm them, even if the worst thing ''you'' would do is set them up with a few unsolicited pizzas or make a few {{Prank Call}}s, you can't be certain that someone else won't stalk, harass, threaten, or harm this person...and if someone does, ''you'' could be held responsible. (Whether you think they deserve it or not, whether you think it's a good way to "teach them a lesson" or not, is irrelevant. Remember, the law does not look kindly on any form of [[VigilanteMan vigilante "justice."]]) Another good reason not to doxx: it puts other people in the crossfire. Namely, anyone the doxxee lives with, or anyone on their contact lists. People who might not be involved in your drama, or might not even be aware of it.

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** On a related note, don't make threats [[{{GIFT}} online]], either. No matter what. Remember, the Internet is not as anonymous as you think it is, and making threats against a person/their family/their property/all of the above can get you in trouble, just like in meatspace. Similarly, don't [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing "doxx"]] other people; even if ''you'' wouldn't threaten or harm them, even if the worst thing ''you'' would do is set them up with a few unsolicited pizzas or make a few {{Prank Call}}s, you can't be certain that someone else won't stalk, harass, threaten, or harm this person...and if someone does, ''you'' could be held responsible. (Whether you think they deserve it or not, whether you think it's a good way to "teach them a lesson" or not, is irrelevant. Remember, the law does not look kindly on any form of [[VigilanteMan vigilante "justice."]]) The law also does not care whether you're copy-pasting information that they had posted previously, or whether it's something you dug up from the Deep Web; the end result is the same. Also, there is no guarantee that the information you're putting out there is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. (For example, what if the address or phone number you listed no longer belongs to the person you're targeting, but to someone else?) Another good reason not to doxx: it puts other people in the crossfire. Namely, anyone the doxxee lives with, or anyone on their contact lists. People who might not be involved in your drama, or might not even be aware of it.
5th Jul '16 10:10:31 AM MsChibi
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** On a related note, don't make threats [[{{GIFT}} online]], either. No matter what. Remember, the Internet is not as anonymous as you think it is, and making threats against a person/their family/their property/all of the above can get you in trouble, just like in meatspace. Similarly, don't [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing "doxx"]] other people; even if ''you'' wouldn't threaten or harm them, even if the worst thing ''you'' would do is set them up with a few unsolicited pizzas or make a few {{Prank Call}}s, you can't be certain that someone else won't stalk, harass, threaten, or harm this person...and if someone does, ''you'' could be held responsible. Another good reason not to doxx: it puts other people in the crossfire. Namely, anyone the doxxee lives with, or anyone on their contact lists. People who might not be involved in your drama, or might not even be aware of it.

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** On a related note, don't make threats [[{{GIFT}} online]], either. No matter what. Remember, the Internet is not as anonymous as you think it is, and making threats against a person/their family/their property/all of the above can get you in trouble, just like in meatspace. Similarly, don't [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing "doxx"]] other people; even if ''you'' wouldn't threaten or harm them, even if the worst thing ''you'' would do is set them up with a few unsolicited pizzas or make a few {{Prank Call}}s, you can't be certain that someone else won't stalk, harass, threaten, or harm this person...and if someone does, ''you'' could be held responsible. (Whether you think they deserve it or not, whether you think it's a good way to "teach them a lesson" or not, is irrelevant. Remember, the law does not look kindly on any form of [[VigilanteMan vigilante "justice."]]) Another good reason not to doxx: it puts other people in the crossfire. Namely, anyone the doxxee lives with, or anyone on their contact lists. People who might not be involved in your drama, or might not even be aware of it.
3rd Jul '16 9:43:38 PM MsChibi
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** With regards to prostitution or escort services, please note that sexual services of that nature are illegal almost ''everywhere'' in the United States, with only a few exceptions. The safest way to stay out of trouble with prostitutes is to just not hire them. If you do plan on hiring them, remember that ''everyone'' who knows that you've hired prostitutes is breaking the law, so if you're calling some in for your friend's stag party, everyone at that party is considered to be soliciting prostitutes and can be charged. Now, nine times out of ten, the police won't arrest you and will let you off with a warning--however, it does give them a good reason to search your premises and check your credit history. See above about why that's a terrible idea: namely, you can't be 100% certain about what they'll find. Generally speaking with prostitutes the less you know about each other, the better. Don't give your name to a prostitute, or use a fake name. Pay by cash, not credit card. Don't ask for their number or anything stupid like that (it's unlikely they'll give it to you anyway). Remember that most prostitutes are well aware of the risks of their jobs, and a lot of them carry hidden weapons on their persons, so as with strip clubs, don't be an idiot. If a prostitute refuses to have sex with you, ''do not force him or her under any circumstances,'' even if you've already paid. It's still rape, just like hitting them or otherwise hurting them without their consent is still assault. Always use protection--that's just basic common sense. (It's also usually cheaper.)

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** With regards to prostitution or escort services, please note that sexual services of that nature are illegal almost ''everywhere'' in the United States, with only a few exceptions. The safest way to stay out of trouble with prostitutes is to just not hire them. If you do plan on hiring them, remember that ''everyone'' who knows that you've hired prostitutes is breaking the law, so if you're calling some in for your friend's stag party, everyone at that party is considered to be soliciting prostitutes and can be charged. Now, nine times out of ten, the police won't arrest you and will let you off with a warning--however, it does give them a good reason to search your premises and check your credit history. See above about why that's a terrible idea: namely, you can't be 100% certain about what they'll find. Generally speaking with prostitutes the less you know about each other, the better. Don't give your name to a prostitute, or use a fake name. Pay by cash, not by credit card.card or personal check. Don't ask for their number or anything stupid like that (it's unlikely they'll give it to you anyway). Remember that most prostitutes are well aware of the risks of their jobs, and a lot of them carry hidden weapons on their persons, so as with strip clubs, don't be an idiot. If a prostitute refuses to have sex with you, ''do not force him or her under any circumstances,'' even if you've already paid. It's still rape, just like hitting them or otherwise hurting them without their consent is still assault. Always use protection--that's just basic common sense. (It's also usually cheaper.)
3rd Jul '16 9:34:31 PM MsChibi
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** Strip clubs have extra rules. First off, strippers are not prostitutes, and if you attempt to proposition one, they will have the bouncers throw your ass out in the blink of an eye. Secondly, you need to keep your hands to yourself. If you so much as attempt to get grabby, you will get one very stern warning at best before you get ejected, and if you do something extreme, like forcing your hand in their underwear, you will be ejected in nanoseconds and receive a lifetime ban, and the dancer is also free to press charges or sue if he or she so desires. Finally, '''don't be a creep'''. If you have a weird fetish, don't bring it into the picture. If you've got a crush on one of the dancers, get over yourself or force yourself to go when they're not around. Above all else, however, ''don't fucking stalk them''. Exotic dancers, by their very nature, will sometimes be targets for people with bad intentions, and as a result will always have bouncers escort them out to their vehicles while making sure that no patrons exit at the same time and that no one is prowling the parking lot or waiting in their car to see if they can spot their favorite dancer. They also keep very close tabs on the fans of specific dancers, and if a dancer gets followed home or has someone find them at their other job, chances are good that they'll know who did it.

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** Strip clubs have extra rules. First off, [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/0e/dc/8e/0edc8e9f31c6ee064465bbb61ef000a4.jpg strippers are not prostitutes, nor are they obligated to "entertain" you or anyone else "off the clock"]], and if you attempt to proposition one, they will have the bouncers throw your ass out in the blink of an eye. Secondly, you need to keep your hands to yourself. If you so much as attempt to get grabby, you will get one very stern warning at best before you get ejected, and if you do something extreme, like forcing your hand in their underwear, you will be ejected in nanoseconds and receive a lifetime ban, and the dancer is also free to press charges or sue if he or she so desires. Finally, '''don't be a creep'''. If you have a weird fetish, don't bring it into the picture. If you've got a crush on one of the dancers, get over yourself or force yourself to go when they're not around. Above all else, however, ''don't fucking stalk them''. Exotic dancers, by their very nature, will sometimes be targets for people with bad intentions, and as a result will always have bouncers escort them out to their vehicles while making sure that no patrons exit at the same time and that no one is prowling the parking lot or waiting in their car to see if they can spot their favorite dancer. They also keep very close tabs on the fans of specific dancers, and if a dancer gets followed home or has someone find them at their other job, chances are good that they'll know who did it.
3rd Jul '16 7:53:54 PM MsChibi
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** On a related note, don't make threats online, either. No matter what. Remember, the Internet is not as anonymous as you think it is, and making threats against a person/their family/their property/all of the above can get you in trouble, just like in meatspace. Similarly, don't [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing "doxx"]] other people; even if ''you'' wouldn't threaten or harm them, even if the worst thing ''you'' would do is set them up with a few unsolicited pizzas or make a few {{Prank Call}}s, you can't be certain that someone else won't stalk, harass, threaten, or harm this person...and if someone does, ''you'' could be held responsible. Another good reason not to doxx: it puts other people in the crossfire. Namely, anyone the doxxee lives with, or anyone on their contact lists. People who might not be involved in your drama, or might not even be aware of it.

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** On a related note, don't make threats online, [[{{GIFT}} online]], either. No matter what. Remember, the Internet is not as anonymous as you think it is, and making threats against a person/their family/their property/all of the above can get you in trouble, just like in meatspace. Similarly, don't [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing "doxx"]] other people; even if ''you'' wouldn't threaten or harm them, even if the worst thing ''you'' would do is set them up with a few unsolicited pizzas or make a few {{Prank Call}}s, you can't be certain that someone else won't stalk, harass, threaten, or harm this person...and if someone does, ''you'' could be held responsible. Another good reason not to doxx: it puts other people in the crossfire. Namely, anyone the doxxee lives with, or anyone on their contact lists. People who might not be involved in your drama, or might not even be aware of it.
** Also, don't give anyone a SuicideDare or encourage someone to kill themselves or consider doing so, even as a [[BlackComedy "joke."]] If they decide to do it, ''you'' could face murder or manslaughter charges. Just don't do it, OK?
3rd Jul '16 7:48:35 PM MsChibi
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** On a related note, don't make threats online, either. No matter what. Remember, the Internet is not as anonymous as you think it is, and making threats against a person/their family/their property/all of the above can get you in trouble, just like in meatspace. Similarly, don't [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing "doxx"]] other people; even if ''you'' wouldn't threaten or harm them, even if the worst thing ''you'' would do is set them up with a few unsolicited pizzas or make a few {{Prank Call}}s, you can't be certain that someone else won't stalk, harass, threaten, or harm this person...and if someone does, ''you'' could be held responsible. Another good reason not to doxx: it puts other people in the crossfire. Namely, anyone the doxxee lives with, or anyone on their contact lists. People who might not be involved in your drama, or might not even be aware of it.
3rd Jul '16 7:08:02 PM MsChibi
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** With alcohol, don't drink and drive (see later), don't have open or opened containers in your car, don't carry alcohol out of bars in areas where doing so is prohibited, don't buy for known underage drinkers (or, for people who are of age but have underage significant others, don't buy alcohol for them and don't buy it while they're around, as law enforcement probably won't believe you if you tell them that it's only for your consumption), and if you are going to be an obnoxious, destructive drunk, don't do so in public or around people who might call the police on you for it.

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** With alcohol, don't drink and drive (see later), don't have open or opened containers in your car, don't carry alcohol out of bars or open bottles/cans of alcohol up for consumption in places defined as "public" in areas where doing so is prohibited, don't buy for known underage drinkers (or, for people who are of age but have underage significant others, don't buy alcohol for them and don't buy it while they're around, as law enforcement probably won't believe you if you tell them that it's only for your consumption), and if you are going to be an obnoxious, destructive drunk, don't do so in public or around people who might call the police on you for it.
3rd Jul '16 5:42:17 PM MsChibi
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# The majority of arrests in the criminal system are ''not'' for intentional murders, sexual assaults, dramatic robberies and frauds, and all of the other things watching most [[PoliceProcedural police shows]] or [[SpotlightFallacy the news]] might make one think. The great majority are for [[IdiotBall bad decisions or momentary stupidity]] on behalf of the criminal, which the point of this article is to help you avoid making. Others actually are for definitely serious crimes (DomesticAbuse or sexual assault) in cases where people do not understand that their behavior is abusive and wrong in a culture that encourages and excuses such behavior, or [[TheyJustDidntCare don't care]] that their behavior is harming another person. This article will also help you understand what defines those crimes.

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# The majority of arrests in the criminal system are ''not'' for intentional murders, sexual assaults, dramatic robberies and frauds, and all of the other things watching most [[PoliceProcedural police shows]] or [[SpotlightFallacy the news]] might make one think. [[HanlonsRazor The great majority are for for]] [[IdiotBall bad decisions or momentary stupidity]] on behalf of the criminal, which the point of this article is to help you avoid making. Others actually are for definitely serious crimes (DomesticAbuse or sexual assault) in cases where people do not understand that their behavior is abusive and wrong in a culture that encourages and excuses such behavior, or [[TheyJustDidntCare don't care]] that their behavior is harming another person. This article will also help you understand what defines those crimes.
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