Cops Use Facebook to Bust Underage Drinkers

Phony 'friend' gains access to drinking photos
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 6:19 PM CST
Cops Use Facebook to Bust Underage Drinkers
Adam Bauer's profile picture.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – Wisconsin college student Adam Bauer should represent a cautionary tale for Facebook users under 21, or otherwise on the wrong side of the law: be careful what you post, and whom you friend. Shortly after accepting a request from an unfamiliar, “good-looking girl,” Bauer was invited to the local police station—where a cop laid out pictures of him and friends enjoying beers, and charged him with underage drinking.

“I just can’t believe it. I feel like I’m in a science-fiction movie, like they are always watching. When does it end?” Bauer told the LaCrosse Tribune. Added another student busted for boozy photos someone else posted: “I feel like it is a breach of privacy. You feel like you should be able to trust cops.”
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