|Jason Willis has been kicked off the Internet|
for committing a weird crime against his neighbor.
Put an ad on Craigslist, telling people to show up at his unsuspecting neighbor's house naked. He put her name, address and photo in the ad, too.
So the neighbor had all kinds of weirdos show up at her doorstep. And these weirdos now know where she lives.
According to police, Willis, 31, of Wisconsin, thought this was a great prank. Kind of on par with dropping a water balloon on a kid out in the yard on a hot summer's day
Of course the neighbor, police and society got the last laugh. A judge has ordered Willis kicked off the Internet. He cannot go on line for at least 30 months, during his probation. If goes on line even once, Willis could spend 18 months behind bars.
According to Uproxx:
"Judge Pat Torhorst determined the Internet was Willis' 'weapon' in the crime and issued the ban as a way to disarm him. 'If you want to drive drunk, you're not allowed to drive! To me, a public availability of the Internet to use it the way he did, is unconscionable,' he said."
Nowadays, such a sentence, being kicked off the Internet is severe. If you want to apply for a job, you usually have to do it on line. Most jobs are done in part on line.
Increasingly, you have to pay your bills on line. Most people communicate on a day to day basis via email, text or social media, so having friends is tough without the Internet.
Who'd want to be Willis' friend anyway? But that's another story.
Being kicked off the Internet is far more difficult than being barred from driving, using the judge's drunk driving analogy. You can take public transportation, bum a ride from a friend, or, yes, go on the Internet to get stuff done. You don't need a car so much.
Normally, I'd be opposed to a judge sentencing someone to stay off the Internet. It almost amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
But GAWD, what Willis did is so creepy. That neighbor could have been raped or killed. She's probably still afraid.
(Note: Me, and the rest of the media are not making the woman's name or any other identifying information public. She's been through enough.)
So I'm glad Willis is not online, at least for awhile. The only bummer is he can't read on line how many people think he's disgusting. He can't read this blog post, for example, given that it's only available on the Internet.
Willis apparently never did give a good explanation as to why he conducted this "prank." According to the Journal Times in Wisconsin, he did it for "fun" and as retribution to the woman for picking on him for previously being in jail on an unrelated charge.
I'm personally tempted to put an ad out and send creepy people to his house to see whether he likes it, but I'll resist the urge.
I'm too addicted to the Internet.