While some people are still talking about a Geek Squad member who was arrested for attempting to record a woman while she showered, one New York City woman is racking up some serious geek cred for catching a sexual predator in the act and recording it on her phone. And giving new meaning to "watching for the flash" at the same time.
Thao Nguyen, 24, recently asked lawmakers to impose harsher penalties on "flashers and perverts," reports The New York Post. Nguyen's ploy comes after an incident when Manhattan restaurateur Dan Hoyt unzipped his pants while staring at her on the train. She of course, did what any techie woman would do and whipped out her camera phone. read more
"I tried to avoid eye contact with him, but I had a feeling he was up to no good when he kept massaging his crotch," she testified before the City Council's Public Safety Committee. "I couldn't believe this guy had the audacity to do something like this in the middle of the day. So I took out my cellphone and turned on the camera. It was just instinct. Having the picture was very effective, more than just the story. I could show people that it actually happened."
Apparently, as soon as she took the photo, Nguyen went to the cops on the subway platform. She also posted her experience and the picture on various websites and Hoyt, a raw-food chef, was eventually arrested and sentenced to two years in prison (it was his second offense).
*Thanks to Gigglesugar for sharing this story with me. I know there is something inherently silly about flashers, but it's certainly not cool to be on the unsuspecting end. Kudos to Nguyen for using her geek power.