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    Default iPhone 4 in Ottorbox Defender Mistaken for Pistol

    So yesterday I was walking across my college campus holding my iPhone 4 in it's Ottorbox case in my hand as it was digging into my side. Apparently campus security was recording me because they believe that I was actually carrying a pistol across campus and tossing the object into my passenger seat was "suspicious activity."

    I just had a nice visit from my city's local police force. Two cruisers and an SUV, in fact.

    Even though the images/video were taken from several hundred feet away (digitally magnified) you can tell the damn phone is not a pistol by it's very shape.

    Just thought I'd share my interesting day.
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    Nice! :facepalm: Did they kick you out because of a stupid "zero tolerance" policy? I'm kidding, of course!
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    That's a little overboard, but considering the recent rash of college shootings, I'm sure they were instructed to be zealous.
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    Wow that is ridiculous
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    HAHA .. Apparently they're not media majors to know how to properly use their surveillance equipment.
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    If that would happen to me it would be considered racial profiling, and i'd be pissed. Sucks, but kind of funny when you read about, glad everything is ok.
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    I can understand that they want to be safe and might be a bit paranoid about security but that's just ridiculous...
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    WTH! I can't believe that. Don't we all toss our phones to our seats in the car? Well I used to don't do it anymore but come on. That is just ridiculous.

    Sorry you had to go through all of that.
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    Hilarious......
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    Wow, now that's funny! I do understand the whole "safety first" deal going on these days, but c'mon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by accessoriesguy View Post
    If that would happen to me it would be considered racial profiling, and i'd be pissed. Sucks, but kind of funny when you read about, glad everything is ok.
    Really? What does race have to do with the campus security making a ridiculous mistake? Race card needs to be dead, should not matter and bringing into this forum is just silly, GROW UP!!!
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    You have to switch up those Otterbox colors! Lucky they have enough sense to monitor instead of quickly react!


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    Quote Originally Posted by accessoriesguy View Post
    If that would happen to me it would be considered racial profiling, and i'd be pissed. Sucks, but kind of funny when you read about, glad everything is ok.
    Leave race out of it. This discussion had nothing to do with it. If you want to complain and bring up race for no reason, go somewhere else
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    It's actually kind of funny, the people who cry the most about racism are usually the most racist people.


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    Just wait until someone with an actual gun gets on campus and decides to play duck hunt with the students...you'll beg for more surveillance, and you'll happily answer any questions cops have when they mistake your capri sun for an AK-47, without a second thought of the ridiculousness of the mix up.
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    Wow, haha my sister is in college, better tell her to keep her phone holstered
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    Quote Originally Posted by sams2s View Post
    Just wait until someone with an actual gun gets on campus and decides to play duck hunt with the students...you'll beg for more surveillance, and you'll happily answer any questions cops have when they mistake your capri sun for an AK-47, without a second thought of the ridiculousness of the mix up.
    Is there a reason you're exactly quoting a another post? lol
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    just another reason to not get an otterbox.. they look revolting and apparently like a pistol
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesa_tx View Post
    WTH! I can't believe that. Don't we all toss our phones to our seats in the car? Well I used to don't do it anymore but come on. That is just ridiculous.

    Sorry you had to go through all of that.
    Don't we all toss loaded guns onto the car seat? Oh wait...
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    My girl had the same problem when she was dancing on the bar at the club... Who knew people were dumb enough to think a hottie would make a real gun into a shoe? I guess the whole spy shoe gun thing is a hot topic. No- it's not real (it's a SHOE)!!

    Last edited by iKustomize; 08-30-2011 at 12:11 PM.
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    Part of me wants to facepalm but it is better than no surveillance at all.
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    That's so dumb
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    Quote Originally Posted by furygoalbrtis39 View Post
    Wow, haha my sister is in college, better tell her to keep her phone holstered
    "Holstered"? LMAO! Maybe our phones are more like guns after all...
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    So they thought you were walking across campus with a gun, and they don't question you until the next day? That's pretty lame. If you were intent on shooting up the place you'd be done already.

    What I'd like to know is whether the police accepted your explanation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icebox93 View Post
    So they thought you were walking across campus with a gun, and they don't question you until the next day? That's pretty lame. If you were intent on shooting up the place you'd be done already.

    What I'd like to know is whether the police accepted your explanation.
    Yeah. I explained to them that even though I have a CCDW permit, at this time I don't even have a weapon (volunteered to let them search my home/cars - they didn't), and that as a former RA at the University of Kentucky I was well aware of campus firearm policies.

    They took pictures of me with my phone "holstered" on my side and cupped in my hand to "show" the University what they had actually seen.
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