I’m a baaaaaaaad man!
“Where — and how — did you find that?” I texted back.
It turned out she found it through a simple Google image search. (Just a side note — she was well aware this mug shot existed. I’ve never hidden the fact that I was arrested — I’ve even mentioned it on the blog before.) Sure enough, around page 8 of the GIS results, there was 29-year-old me, staring back through hobo eyes. Yeah, I looked older at 29 than I do now. Irish genetics are a bitch.
The mug shot was posted to a web site run by the owners of Busted!, that little gas-station rag that publishes (shock!) mug shots. I had a good laugh at this picture, because I look truly awful in it — but I think everyone looks awful in their mug shots. And when I checked out the page where it was posted, I saw it wasn’t going to help my street cred a bit — they included the charge I was picked up for (Failure to Appear on a Misdemeanor Traffic Warrant). So there goes my rap career.
Oh, yeah. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.
Well, I say “picked up,” but that wasn’t exactly true. Once I found out I had a warrant out for my arrest, I called the police and arranged to meet them downtown at their office the next evening. The Raleigh patrol officer I talked to was very polite about the whole thing, and we had to laugh quite a bit when he put me in handcuffs, put me in his car, and drove me around the building to the parking garage. My bail was set ridiculously low, and I was out on the streets causing Failure-to-Appear mayhem in a couple of hours (OK, I went out to dinner and had a salad).
The web sites where these mug shots are posted (there are several) are a little sketchy, though. They post the mug shots, then charge people to take them down. There’s nothing illegal there, I suppose… but man, it’s a bit sleazy. I read online where people lost their jobs or couldn’t get jobs because someone Googled them and found their arrest records online… but I’m of the opinion you should probably disclose that kind of thing to your employer in the first place.
Personally, I have no desire to take it down. I need all the street cred I can get.
So what about you, folks? Ever been arrested? Got a horrible mug shot you want to share, or an arrest story? Share them in the comments! Maybe we can start our own hardcore, Internet-based prison gang!