A terrible practical joke has netted one man some serious prison time. More details after the jump.
A bad joke can cost you a lot, especially when it puts people's lives in danger. This is what happened with Tyler Raj Barriss, a well-known Internet figure who organized a swatting that ended in tragedy. More than a year later, he has just been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Back in December 2017, this young American had decided to call the police and report an innocent person for a serious crime only to have the SWAT team arrive - a practice known as swatting.
What is swatting?
According to Cloudflare, the practice of swatting 'refers to a harassment technique most often perpetrated by members of the online gaming community. Swatting entails generating an emergency law enforcement response against a target victim under false pretenses'.
In some countries, the illegal act carries some very serious consequences. In some less serious cases, the responsible party may be obligated to pay in full the costs of the responders, sometimes totaling up to $10,000.
A joke gone wrong
Only the "joke" ended in tragedy after the police opened fire on 28-year-old Andrew Thomas Finch. The police were called about a dangerous hostage where the suspect was believed to be armed. More seriously, it wasn't even the person he was intending: the address given by the guy was wrong
This isn't even Tyler Raj Barriss's first try, but he has just been caught and will be stuck in a prison cell for a number of years.
Check the video for the full story, and see the outcome of this young (and admittedly not very wise) man's actions!