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The Smoking Gun outs mega-pranksters

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Shaggy, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    Great investigative work by TSG. A bunch of punk losers who have been behind the bizarre and super-expensive pranks in hotels and restaurants have been exposed for who they are. Not surprisingly, most of them live with their parents:


    One of my favorite parts:

    "Prankster" declared that he was "not a snitch and I'm not a phony," adding, "If you do happen to come across my address, my phone number, my real name, then you can go ahead and you can do that."

    So, with the young criminal's permission, TSG spent the next 24 hours trying to identify him. When we called him back early Saturday evening--this time on his home number--his mother answered the line. When "Prankster" came to the phone, he was no longer willing to chat about his "hobby slash job" or his status as Internet apparition. Instead, he quickly hung up when a reporter identified himself. He would do this again when we called back.

    "Prankster" is Tyler Markle, who turns 19 later this month.
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Sounds like Tom Petty.
  3. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    That was an awesome article.
  4. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    Very tempting to call one of those numbers... but then they'd go after me.
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Killer finish:<blockquote>Last month, after NBC's "Today" show aired a report about a prank at an Orlando hotel--which did not mention Pranknet's involvement--Malik whined on the mic that, "Apparently I'm to blame for everything. It's really annoying." And in a July 13 Twitter post he complained about how "the news distorts and lies about shit."

    Having succumbed to baser urges, Malik, sequestered in his 10' x 12' Canadian bedroom, is now stuck dealing with the messy consequences.</blockquote>
  6. chilidog75

    chilidog75 Member

    That story was epic.
  7. BB Bobcat

    BB Bobcat Active Member

    Did I miss where they actually get arrested?

    All I saw was some mention of authorities giving up because it was "out of their jurisdiction."

    Seems like everyone was identified clearly enough that they ought to be getting busted by the law, not just TSG.
  8. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    I imagine that now that the evidence is out there, they will be arrested--especially the U.S. kids.

    The ringleader is in Windsor, so that might complicate things a little bit. But I can't imagine them not getting prosecuted.
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    See? Windsor IS more than strip clubs, casinos and kiddie bars....
  10. chilidog75

    chilidog75 Member

    I literally can't stop smiling after reading that story.
    Awesome stuff. The mental image of that douche hiding in a bedroom with his mom is just wonderful.
  11. It was pretty good, except for one thing.. I did not like how the reporters decided to pick and choose which pranksters to ID.
    They knew the ids of two pranksters and did not identify them (the man in Nantucket and the kid in Atlanta). I don't think that was right. They should have id'd them all.
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I am generally against the death penalty -- except in the case of assholes like these.
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