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Why do people let themselves be featured on COPS?


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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   Don Black

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Posted July 14 2002 - 10:29 AM

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

#2 of 15 OFFLINE   Joel Mack

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Posted July 14 2002 - 10:30 AM

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

#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Morgan Jolley

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Posted July 14 2002 - 11:18 AM

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.

#4 of 15 OFFLINE   gregstaten

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Posted July 14 2002 - 11:25 AM

Five minutes of fame, baby. Five minutes of fame.

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#5 of 15 OFFLINE   Craig_T

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Posted July 14 2002 - 11:37 AM

To show off their shirtless chests and thick mullets.

#6 of 15 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted July 14 2002 - 03:35 PM

"I get to be on the TV!? Yeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaw!!!!" Posted Image

I believe that's about right Posted Image

#7 of 15 OFFLINE   Nick Sievers

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Posted July 14 2002 - 04:06 PM

[Cletus Voice]Hey Ma!, I'm on the TV.[/Cletus Voice]
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#8 of 15 OFFLINE   Scott Leopold

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Posted July 14 2002 - 11:24 PM

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

#9 of 15 OFFLINE   Stevan Lay

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Posted July 15 2002 - 03:59 AM

Well the question should now become: Has anyone ever been featured on both Cops and Jerry Springer?

#10 of 15 OFFLINE   John_Lee

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Posted July 15 2002 - 04:28 AM

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 of 15 OFFLINE   Jeremy Illingworth

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Posted July 15 2002 - 12:35 PM

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.

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#12 of 15 OFFLINE   Dave F

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Posted July 15 2002 - 12:39 PM

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Well the question should now become: Has anyone ever been featured on both Cops and Jerry Springer?
I think it has been statistically proven that if you appear on one, you will most likely appear on the other.

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#13 of 15 OFFLINE   Don Black

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Posted July 16 2002 - 10:00 AM

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. Posted Image

#14 of 15 OFFLINE   Tommy Ceez

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Posted July 17 2002 - 12:48 AM

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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#15 of 15 OFFLINE   Mark_B

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Posted July 17 2002 - 02:17 AM

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.

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