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Is Scaring People Illegal?


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#1 of 33 OFFLINE   Zen Butler

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Posted September 15 2006 - 04:59 AM

Can you just randomly jump out of a bush or something and go "Rrrrraaaaaaarrrrrrr!!" to anyone? anytime? My girlfriend has this weird fetish of hiding in closets, bushes etc. and jumping out and scaring the sh*t out of people. What if she scares someone to death?

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#2 of 33 OFFLINE   JohnRice

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Posted September 15 2006 - 05:04 AM

You mean she does this to people she doesn't know? Doesn't sound very smart to me.

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#3 of 33 OFFLINE   Joe Szott

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Posted September 15 2006 - 05:05 AM

What if she chooses someone who is a 4th degree Jujitsu master and winds up drinking her meals through a straw? Legal is here and there, but you just can't go wrong with adding a dash of smart. El Diablo no juege...

#4 of 33 OFFLINE   Zen Butler

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Posted September 15 2006 - 05:11 AM

My word! yes, people she knows. Being a martial artist myself; I'm sure the "4th degree Jujitsu master" could maintain. Posted Image

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#5 of 33 OFFLINE   Holadem

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Posted September 15 2006 - 05:11 AM

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#6 of 33 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted September 15 2006 - 05:21 AM

Did you ever see that hidden camera video where they filled a hole with water and covered it with leaves? Then the unsuspecting people would fall into it!!! Posted Image

With my fragile back, I'd probably do some serious damage if I ever came across that and BOY would I be PISSED!!!!!

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#7 of 33 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted September 15 2006 - 05:49 AM

Screw the ju-jitsu master, what about a guy with a concealed weapon who opens fire because he thinks he's being assaulted?
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#8 of 33 OFFLINE   Chu Gai

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Posted September 15 2006 - 05:56 AM

She'd be liable if the person injured themselves. Bizarre behavior.

#9 of 33 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted September 15 2006 - 06:02 AM

BOO!
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#10 of 33 OFFLINE   Jason Harbaugh

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Posted September 15 2006 - 06:07 AM

There's that guy in San Fransisco that has been doing just that for years. He is homeless (or at least appears to be) and hides behind a tree he holds, then scares people on the peer. There's a video probably on youtube with it.

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Posted September 15 2006 - 06:38 AM


Mark, I saw this for the first time a week or two ago. Simply hilarious. Although I remember thinking at the time, someone could seriously get hurt.

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#12 of 33 OFFLINE   DonRoeber

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Posted September 15 2006 - 06:41 AM

Is she naked at the time?
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Posted September 15 2006 - 06:44 AM

Damn, missed it by this >< much.

#14 of 33 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted September 15 2006 - 08:43 AM

Stop dating chicks you've seen in scary Japanese movies!
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#15 of 33 OFFLINE   ChristopherDAC

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Posted September 15 2006 - 01:03 PM

Well, if she "puts someone in fear" it's assault. I wouldn't be so worried about the legal aspect, though. It just is not sound behaviour.

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Posted September 15 2006 - 01:08 PM

fake, looks staged. girlfriends behavior is really odd. whats the point of that, it just isnt funny this needs to be looked at by some one who is a dr. it's not funny but it is irritating
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Posted September 15 2006 - 02:12 PM

If I were watching your girlfriend do this to someone, I would laugh my freakin' ass off, but if she did it to me, sorry dude, she's goin' down. Posted Image

At the very least I think it would be considered a nusance crime, like pan handling and public drunkeness.
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#18 of 33 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted September 16 2006 - 04:33 AM

Ah yes, the Bush Man. You feel like such a juvenile, hanging around watching him capture his prey, but it's highly entertaining.

I once stuffed myself into overhead closet compartment and scared the bejesus out of my friend. Fortunately her fear reaction was screaming and freezing rather than jumping backward since she was standing on a chair at the time. In hindsight it was kind of stupid of me, but that's what being in college is mostly about. Posted Image

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Posted September 16 2006 - 08:44 AM

From a civil law point of view, it's probably assault. Civil assault, unlike criminal assault, doesn't require actual contact. With the "egg-shell plaintiff" theory, she could be liable for a wrongful death action if the scaree (is that a real word? Posted Image ) drops dead of a heart attack.

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Posted September 16 2006 - 08:50 AM

Well I would spell it "scare-ee", but that's just me-ee. Posted Image