The 7 Most Ill-Advised Selfies
From documenting crimes to flat-out dangerous pics
By Margeaux Klein,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2015 2:00 PM CST
In this undated photo provided by Randy Schaefer, Dorian Walker-Gaines, left, and Dillan Thompson, pose for a selfie they made with Schaefer's stolen iPad holding money they allegedly stole from him.   (AP Photo/Randy Schaefer)

(Newser) – From documenting their crimes to taking photos in dangerous locales, there is something about a trying to capture the perfect selfie that apparently causes some people to abandon their common sense. Below are 7 selfies that did not end well:

  1. It's not a good idea to take selfies while driving, especially if you have seven passengers in your car. A Maine man learned this lesson the hard way when, mid-selfie, his car veered off the road and slammed into a tree, injuring several of his friends.
  2. A word of advice: Rattlesnakes are not always willing to cooperate and pose for selfies with you.
  3. Two twentysomethings with the KFC/Taco Bell munchies decided to follow up their fast food binge by climbing on board a boat harbored in a Connecticut marina and taking some selfies. Unfortunately for them, the flashes from the camera woke up the family asleep on the boat, and the alleged intruders ran away, leaving their fast food bag and receipt behind as evidence. They were later arrested.
  4. A 19-year-old Texas man was taking selfies with a loaded gun when he fatally shot himself in the throat by accident.

  1. If you're going to (allegedly) rob a church, you probably shouldn't leave your phone behind at the crime scene, especially if there are selfies on it that the police can use to identify you.
  2. Likewise, taking selfies with the $5,000 you allegedly stole from a truck, using the victim's stolen iPad to take the photos, is basically the equivalent of turning yourself in, claims one Reddit user in a thread that helped track the thieves down. The incriminating photos were posted to the alleged victim's own iCloud account.
  3. A Russian teen plunged to her death from the top of a railway bridge after snapping a selfie in a seeming attempt to impress her friends.
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