idiot of the day
File this one under C for Clueless: A Wisconsin teen accused of boosting more than 100 cars blamed the popular Grand Theft Auto video game for his actions. Nineteen-year-old Micah A. Zoerner was caught red-handed breaking into a car in an apartment complex; at the time, he weas in posession of yet another stolen vehicle with a trunkful of hot goods to boot.
Detectives said he told them he had been inspired by the video game "Grand Theft Auto" in which the characters steal cars from parking garages and other places.
"He (Zoerner) said that actually going out and committing these crimes was challenging and fun," Pleasant Prairie Police Chief Brian Wagner said.
"A video game is fantasy and you can turn it off and walk away without consequences — there are no victims and no one gets hurt. Reality is not as forgiving."
It shouldn't have to be said that thousands upon thousands of people (including myself, with GTA2) have played these video games without developing the irreseistable craving to go out and jack someone's wheels. For a superb rant about idiots who can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality, see Teleport City's review of the fine Japanese film Battle Royale (My DVD of which arrived about a week ago, and man, it is superb).