Twitter Joke Turned Man Into a Criminal

Paul Chambers wrote an admittedly ill-conceived joke on Twitter in his frustration over Robin Hood airport being closed. What happened as a result of that is just shocking:

Chambers was arrested, questioned for seven hours (where he had to explain Twitter to the people doing the questioning), suspended from his job and banned for life from Robin Hood airport. Yesterday, almost five months after what he thought was an innocuous – albeit hyperbolic – joke tweet, Paul Chambers was found guilty of sending a menacing message over a public telecommunications network.