Police track girl after anti-cyclist Tweet
Sometimes, it's better to think before you tweet. We're betting Emma Way of Norwich, UK, wishes she had, after being investigated by the Norwich Police. Ms Way not only apparently knocked a cyclist off his bike, but then decided to tell the world about it using the social network.
"I knocked a cyclist off his bike. I have right of way, he doesn't even pay road tax!" She is said to have Tweeted over the weekend. She then added a hastag for good measure: "#bloodycyclists"
When committing a crime, most people try to keep it quiet. But Ms Way seemed pretty proud of what she'd done. Proud, that is, until some other Twitter users caught wind of her tweet, and sent it viral.
People reported her to the Norwich Police, who responded on Twitter: "@emmaway20 we have had tweets ref an RTC with a bike. We suggest you report it at a police station ASAP if not done already & then dm us”.
She quickly deleted the offending Tweet, and subsequently, her entire Twitter account, but it was already too late. Concerned parties from Twitter began posting photographs allegedly taken by Ms Way of her speedometer at 95 mph, and also Tweeted the local newspapers. Then, someone found her Facebook page, worked out where she was employed as a trainee accountant, and told the company about it.
And then, this, from the Norwich Police:
"We have identified parties believed involved and are progressing with them. Thanks for all the comments and feedback".
For the record, road tax does not exist in the UK. It is a vehicle exise duty, imposed on some vehicles for ownership and fuel usage. It is not designed to pay for roads. The UK government spells this out pretty clearly.
There are, of course, cyclists who don't follow the rules (check out some videos here). But there are also drivers who don't know the rules of the road, and who seem to treat cyclists like second-class citizens (videos here). The difference being, of course, that drivers are encased by 4000 lbs of metal propelled by an engine, whereas cyclists are essentially sitting on a stick with absolutely no protection. This is what makes some of the Tweets found on the cyclehatred Twitter account, which collects Tweets about anti-cyclist rage, so worrying.
Twitter is a place where amazing things can happen. But it is also a place where some of the most irresponsible activity can surface. What's the worst kind of obnoxious comment that you've seen on Twitter or Facebook?Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets