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General Off-Topic Board / Flasher Got Flashed!
« on: August 28, 2005, 12:26:42 PM »
I was flashed once, long before cell-phones or their little cameras, so this story really made my day.  Ahhhhh, sweet justice!

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When a pervert exposed himself on a Manhattan subway last week, Thao Nguyen reached for her secret weapon - her camera phone.
The quick-thinking 22-year-old snapped a shot of the smirking sicko, took it to cops and then posted it on the Internet.

Word of her campaign to nail the flasher raced through cyberspace, and more than 45,000 people had viewed the photographic evidence by last night.

"I just hope they catch him," Nguyen told the Daily News.

"Maybe someone will recognize him. Maybe it will stop other people from doing it," she said. "Maybe other women will use their camera phones to stop crime."

Nguyen's transformation from quiet Web developer to feisty crimefighter happened on an uptown R train the afternoon of Aug. 19.

She was on her way back to work after a job interview when a middle-aged, blond-haired man dressed in a black shirt and jeans sat down across from her.

"He kept staring at me," she said. "I could feel his eyes on me. I wanted to avoid eye contact so I looked away, but I could see his reflection in the window.

"I saw him massaging himself and then he unzipped and pulled it out. I thought, 'I can't believe he's doing this in the middle of the day!' "

The subway car was mostly empty and Nguyen felt nervous, so she pulled out her Samsung P777 cell phone, equipped with a 1.3 megapixel digital phone.

"I turned on the camera," she said. "He was still masturbating. I aimed it and quickly took the shot. As soon as I took it, he zipped up and got off the train."

Nguyen said she was disgusted by the incident and immediately reported it to a police officer at the 34th St. station.

The next day she filled out an official complaint, and the following day a detective had her look at hundreds of photos of ex-cons.

None of them was the culprit, but Nguyen wasn't about to give up. She posted the degenerate's photo on the Web sites Flickr and Craigslist, and bloggers began linking to her site.

Her photo and story drew a few juvenile snickers, but most of the comments have been positive. One Netizen wrote: "You go, girl!" Another commented, "I hope his mom sees it." The NYPD, which confirmed Nguyen had filed a complaint, also was impressed.

"It's great she took the picture; it'll help with the investigation," said NYPD Detective Kevin Czartoryski, who warned that a woman should be careful if the flasher sees her taking the picture.

"If it can be done in a safe manner, it'd be helpful to locate the suspect," said Czartoryski, a NYPD spokesman. "Common sense should be used when deciding if a picture can be taken."

Nguyen isn't the first straphanger to use her cell phone to catch a criminal.

In May, two Catholic schoolgirls took a photo of a man en flagrante on the F train and showed it to a cop, who nabbed the pervert.

Nguyen said even if her tormentor isn't caught - and charged with public lewdness, a misdemeanor that carries up to three months in jail - she's glad she took action. "He made me feel creepy," she said. "I want to embarrass him."

If you recognize the man in the picture, call the Daily News at (212) 210-1574 and let us know.

General Off-Topic Board / Arguing on the Internet...
« on: August 11, 2005, 07:58:21 AM »
This is for all you fighters and quibblers out there...

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Arguing on the Internet is like running in the Special Olympics.
Even if you win, you're still retarded.

General Off-Topic Board / Law Office Workers go to Heaven!
« on: August 10, 2005, 07:28:48 AM »
Last night as I lay sleeping, I died or so it seemed.

Then I went to heaven, but only in my dreams.

Up there St. Peter met me, standing at the pearly gates.

He said, "I must check your record, please stand here and wait."

He turned and said, "Your record is covered with terrible flaws.

On earth I see you rallied for every losing cause."

I see that you drank alcohol and smoked and used drugs too.

Fact is, you've done everything a good person should never do.

We can't have people like you up here. Your life was full of sin.

Then he read the last of my record, took my hand and said, "Come in."


He led me up to the big boss and said "Take her in and treat her well."

She used to work in a law firm. She's done her time in hell."

Here's the email I got from Temple Law:

The Admissions Office is busy preparing to welcome our new students to
the law school but we would also like to take some time to reach out to
candidates who chose not to attend Temple Law School in an effort to
learn more about our applicants and their decision making process.  I
realize that this is probably a very busy time for you but we would
greatly appreciate your taking the time to respond to this email.

Please let us know the one or two primary reasons you did not choose
Temple for your legal education.  It would be helpful if you could also
tell us what other schools you were accepted to and which school you
ultimately decided to attend.  I encourage you to be candid and you can
be assured that all responses will be kept strictly confidential.

Feel free to respond via email. If you have any questions or would like
to speak with me directly, please feel free to contact me at
215-204-1951. Although we are sorry that you will not be joining us at
Temple we do wish you the very best in your future plans.

Here's my response (dashed off quickly at 3:30 a.m., so don't nitpick!):

My decision not to attend Temple Law was based on several
factors.  I am a 35-year old wife and mother living in
Dover, DE.  My plan was to split my time between school and
home, traveling back and forth no more than three times per
week.  Therefore, a dorm room at the school would be
optimal.  I was told that the chance of getting a room
on-campus as a 1L was slim to none.  I would have to find
an apartment, roommates, etc., at a time in my life when
those things are very unattractive to me.  Commuting into
the city by car was not a very good alternative.  Parking
for students is not free, and the area surrounding Temple
is less than ideal for leaving an automobile.

When I visited Temple in January, I was not treated well.
At the Admissions Office, I was handed a few brouchures and
a pass to enter the law buildings and was quickly sent on
my way.  My husband and I navigated the campus by
ourselves, and we got a cold feeling from the experience.
In the car on the way home, I turned to him and said, "Not

I was also accepted to Villanova, Rutgers-Camden, and
Widener.  I ultimately chose Widener because of the close
proximity to my home, the secure environment, the available
dorm, the free parking, and the full tuition scholarship
they offered me.  In fact, on the way home from our Temple
visit, my husband and I stopped in at Widener on a whim.
We had planned to spend the whole day at Temple, but wound
up spending less than two hours there.  Although we showed
up unannounced, Widener Law rolled out the red carpet for
us.  A 3L showed us around campus and answered all of our
questions.  He even introduced us to one of his favorite
professors, who also answered some of our questions.  After
our tour we met with the Assistant Dean of Admissions, who
offered me a full tuition scholarship right then and there.
 We were amazed.  That day my safety school became my first
choice and I never looked back. 

I think if Temple had provided the same enthusiastic
attitude when I visited, I might have been more impressed.
The overall feeling I got was that my visit was an
inconvenience.  With the lukewarm reception I received at
Temple, I was frankly surprised that I was accepted at all.
 When I did receive my acceptance letter, there was no
mention of a scholarship.  With a full-ride in my pocket
from Widener, it was hard to get excited over an acceptance
with no monetary offer.

I hope this email provides you with the information you
were looking for.  If you have any further questions,
please feel free to call me at (my phone #).

Incoming 1Ls / Pre-law for only two more weeks!
« on: July 31, 2005, 05:46:28 PM »
1L starts in 2 weeks.  I'm ready... if by ready you mean not buying any books or study guides, and ignoring the mandatory reading material sent by my school.   ;)

General Off-Topic Board / New Show The Law Firm Starting Now
« on: July 28, 2005, 06:00:51 PM »
I'm tuned in on NBC.

Incoming 1Ls / Got my 1L Schedule
« on: July 08, 2005, 03:03:08 PM »
Widener, Section B:

M- 11:45-3:30
T- 10:00-3:10
W- 9:30-3:30
R- 10:00-3:30
F- 10:00-1:15

Ugh!   :-\

General Off-Topic Board / Tales from the Toilet- The Poop Monologues
« on: June 29, 2005, 12:29:44 PM »
I've decided to start a summer-long cleansing ritual to get healthy, feel better and have more energy for law school.  So I went to and found Colonix.  I looked at the pictures of what comes out of some people and decided I want it to come out of me, too.  Maybe I'll have the get up and go to compete with a bunch of 22 year olds after all!

Wish me luck!

Incoming 1Ls / We Got a New AF JAG Intern Today
« on: May 23, 2005, 08:16:32 AM »
I was just introduced to the new intern in the JAG office.  He's from UVA.  I'll let him get all nice and comfy... .then I'm going to pick his brain for all the JAG intern info I can wrangle up for you guys.

General Off-Topic Board / The Coolest Job You've Ever Had...
« on: April 02, 2005, 12:02:32 PM »
I'm just sitting here on this rainy Saturday thinking about some really fun jobs I had in the past and wondered what's the coolest job you've ever had.  Here are a few of mine:

1.  Air Force Weather Forecaster

2.  Horoscope writer

3.  I ran the blue light at K-Mart-- "Attention K-Mart Shoppers!"

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