How the Refrigerator Joke Grew to Terrorist Attack Threats

When I was a child one of my hobbies was to call strangers and ask them if their refrigerator was running. Some knew the answer and told me they were not going to go and catch it, where others were punk'd as they say now. More elaborate jokes grew out of that timeless joke until modern generations either stopped or switched to playing jokes on the internet. Ah, technology, now you can achieve in one second a level of idiocy that was unreachable for the average human being even ten years ago.

Along came Twitter where nothing is holds barred anymore. A young Twitter user (possibly Canadian) is learning the hard way that threatening a major airline on social media is not the best idea. On Sunday morning, a Twitter user named "Sarah," who claims to be a 14-year-old girl, tweeted this not-so-subtle message to American Airlines:

The airline caught on quickly but made sure she knew she was in trouble.

If that were my child, she'd lose her phone, her computer, ipad, and be banned from the internet except for school work. Chances are, like most things that happen on the internet her parents don't know anything about it - yet. She also quickly blamed her friend:

"I was joking and it was my friend not me, take her IP address not mine."

I know someone who has one less Facebook friend now.

Sarah's original tweet quickly went viral, garnering more than 10,000 retweets before finally being deleted. In a series of follow-up messages, Sarah -- whose Twitter account is full of news about pop sensation Demi Lovato -- expressed her awe at her sudden online fame. "highlight" of her twitter days was gaining notoriety for threatening an airline?

And here is the breakdown of her 20K new followers:

FBI, CIA, NSA and other law enforcement agencies: 1,000
AQ Jihadists: 18,000
Equally dumb 14 year-olds: 1,000.

Sarah will soon find out that she's on the "No Fly" list when her family wants to take that trip to Orlando for a Disney World week. Sarah is only 14 years old, right? A silly child who doesn't know any better and shouldn't be expected to, right?  Contrast her with Malala Yousafzai, also 14 years old, who stood up to the Taliban and spoke out for the right for girls in her country, Pakistan, to go to school.

So, I guess being 14 years old is tough, not matter what country you live in, huh? A visit to a small room illuminated by buzzing fluorescent lights should cure her of her need for attention. She'll have a reality TV show in 3 months, watch.

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Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 14, 2014 at 11:32pm
And so everyone sleeps ha ha
Comment by Steve S on April 14, 2014 at 8:28pm

I confess, I have trained scores of Al Gebra sleepers. Half hour of my training could put any teenager to sleep. The have been disbursed among college campuses all around the country.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 14, 2014 at 3:36pm

They do not trust us writers hahaha.. we just sit in our chair and write ..;)

Comment by Jason Giecek on April 14, 2014 at 2:59pm

She said something really big. Maybe she was going to bring them a big cake!! Al Qaeda does that!!! What? Just saying....:D (I've had a few hits by FBI cover companies on my blogs. Not sure what they've been looking for!! ~shrug~ )

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 14, 2014 at 1:42pm

I know Zanelle.. but this teen girl should be punished

Comment by Zanelle on April 14, 2014 at 12:51pm

I guess they must have people just combing the net for references like this.  I always wonder when I am blogging who will spot what I say and sue me.  What a world!

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 14, 2014 at 12:09pm

They figure she is Canadian because she says she lives 15 hours from the border.. NO I do not think she is Mexican hahaha

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 14, 2014 at 12:00pm

I agree.. and is this not frightening?

Comment by Steve S on April 14, 2014 at 11:21am

I somehow missed this story.

@Linda, I have come to depend on you for this kinda nooz (nooz of da doowings of da stoopid?).

Didn't make it all the way through prom-dress-girl's song. Helped me I realize I am thankful that the HS Freshman (about 90% freshwomen?) volunteers I get at the rescue are for the most part quiet kids.


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