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Paris Hilton Became The Latest Victim Of A “Swatting” Hoax Over The Weekend

Submitted by on March 25, 2013 – 12:13 pmNo Comment

Are you familiar with the “swatting” phenomenon? If not, it goes a little something like this: Someone with too much time on their hands and no concept of the amount of time, work, and money that goes into sending a SWAT team out to someone’s house calls the police and notifies them of an emergency at a celebrity’s home. Then, the police send out a SWAT team out to investigate the emergency further. However, there isn’t actually an emergency. So, when the SWAT team shows up, they spend an hour or two canvassing the celebrity’s home to make sure everyone is safe. And, everyone is—except for the fact that they’ve just become a “swatting” victim and completely wasted their time.

Over the weekend, Paris Hilton became the latest “swatting” victim when someone called the cops and reported that there was an intruder inside of her home. The police sent the SWAT team to her house to investigate the break-in and to lend aid to Hilton. But, when they arrived, no one was home and they quickly realized that they had received bad information. So, they’re continuing the investigation to try and figure out who phoned them and who they need to prosecute for “swatting.” Hilton isn’t the only celebrity who has had this happen to her, either. Everyone from Ashton Kutcher and Chris Brown to the Kardashians have also been victims of “swatting” recently. And, it needs to stop.

In order to eliminate “swatting,” police need to find those people responsible for doing it and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. The problem is that many of the pranksters behind “swatting” turn out to be minors or those who thought they were just playing a silly prank on police. But, the police need to stop having mercy on these people and make an example out of one or two of them so that “swatting” stops. Otherwise, the pranks are going to keep on taking place. And, taxpayers are going to have to continue to foot the bill for the actions of a few idiots out there. So, we hope that the cops do everything in their power to stop “swatting.” It’s stupid, and it needs to be eliminated immediately.

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