Why do people let themselves be featured on COPS?

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  1. Don Black

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    What is their motivation? I've always wondered... It's just humiliating.
     
  2. Joel Mack

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    I have to assume there's an appearance fee involved, somehow...
     
  3. Morgan Jolley

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    If you don't want to be on COPS, they fuzz out your face.

    To tell the truth, you have to be pretty dumb to get on the show to begin with, so I'm not surprised they allow them to use their actual faces.
     
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    Five minutes of fame, baby. Five minutes of fame.

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  5. Craig_T

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    To show off their shirtless chests and thick mullets.
     
  6. Rob Lutter

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    "I get to be on the TV!? Yeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaw!!!!" [​IMG]
    I believe that's about right [​IMG]
     
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    [Cletus Voice]Hey Ma!, I'm on the TV.[/Cletus Voice]
     
  8. Scott Leopold

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    Why do people let themselves be featured on Jerry Springer? I think it's the same motivation.
     
  9. Stevan Lay

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    Well the question should now become: Has anyone ever been featured on both Cops and Jerry Springer?
     
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    I recall on one epsiode, there was a drunk driver who said on camera something to the effect of "might as well show this. I was dumb to drink and drive and if people see how dumb I look, maybe they'll think twice." Not that erudite, he was intoxicated after all, but that was his sentiment.
     
  11. Jeremy Illingworth

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    If they're on the street or in any public place I believe they have no choice. I also agree that the 'look ma, I'm on the tv!' mentality is prevalent. On the Canadian knock off To Serve And Protect, which I watch occasionally because I find highly intoxicated people so funny, all faces are blurred as well a licence plates (I think) and all last names are bleebed out.

    jeremy
     
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  13. Don Black

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    I'm pretty sure they have to sign a written consent or Fox risks legal exposure to slander torts. It's the same thing for the GGW videos, even though the "events" take place in a public setting, the girls still must sign a written consent form. The things women will do for a T-shirt... god bless them. [​IMG]
     
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    I think if your convicted of the crime that your arrested for there is no legal recourse to prohibit your image from being displayed commiting the act. Sorta like people not being able to blur out thier faces on the evening news...suing for slander or libel only works if its not true.
     
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    Exactly. The reason some faces are blurred is because they are either minors, innocent and refused permission or not prosected and let go and refused permission. I had read that if they were found guilty, no permision was needed. Only minors, bystanders and folks not convicted needed consent forms signed.

    Mark
     

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