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Verizon Worker Arrested For Copying Customer's Nude Pictures 282

An anonymous reader writes "El Reg reports that two employees at a Verizon store in Florida are facing charges after making copies of a woman's naked pictures while helping her transfer data from an old phone to a new one. The two employees later offered to show the pictures to another customer, but the customer happened to be the woman's friend. The woman and her friend filed a police report. The police quickly got a warrant to search the store and found copies of the pictures on multiple devices there. One of the employees, Gregory Lampert, was arrested and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor. The other employee, Joshua Stuart, is no longer in Florida, but will face charges if he comes back."
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Verizon Worker Arrested For Copying Customer's Nude Pictures

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  • Re:Nothing new (Score:5, Interesting)

    by GodfatherofSoul ( 174979 ) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:41PM (#41866277)

    I woman I know took her PC in for work and found out they were directing her webcam video to their domain. Now, had she not been techie enough, she never would've known to look for that. Who knows what else they did with her computer?

  • by tompaulco ( 629533 ) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @03:19PM (#41866591) Homepage Journal
    Is there really an expectation of privacy?
    Yes. Yes there is. Corporate policy and apparently at least Florida State Law says so.
  • Re:Nothing new (Score:5, Interesting)

    by BeanThere ( 28381 ) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @05:24PM (#41867573)

    I had a female friend who accidentally shared naked photos (showing everything) of herself with me (and publicly) on Facebook. She was trying to create an account for only her boyfriend to see, but not being very computer-literate, screwed up the privacy settings and publicly exposed some obviously very private photos. I immediately just politely and discretely informed her that these photos were visible, and how to fix it. For my effort, she immediately decided I was some kind of creep, blocked me, and never spoke to me again. Cow. But at least I did the right thing, I think.

  • Re:Nothing new (Score:4, Interesting)

    by GodfatherofSoul ( 174979 ) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @05:52PM (#41867825)

    That was my suggestion, she blew it off. Drives me nuts when people drop these kids of issues. My GF had her phone stolen (probably by an employee) and just blew it off and never bothered to file a police report.

  • by gnasher719 ( 869701 ) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @06:01PM (#41867891)

    I'll see people who rob or steal something then brag on Facebook publicly about it; at that point you might as well turn yourself in.

    Here in England, some guy was in court for some crime, there wasn't very much evidence, and he posted on Facebook "I think I'm getting away with it". The judge took that as a confession and he was convicted.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 03, 2012 @07:37PM (#41868475)

    I doubt it's a power thing. It's a fact that a woman you know, even if you only had a short conversation with her, is more attractive than a similarly built woman that you don't know. It's easy to guess at evolutionary reasons for this.

  • by rtb61 ( 674572 ) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @07:43PM (#41868499) Homepage

    He also set up Verizon for an expensive law suit. I mean he really, really did set them up for an expensive law suit. Copies nude pictures of an unknown stranger, this stranger willing to live them on her phone knowing it is about to end up in some one else's hands but felt they were to valuable to play safe and delete. The person who copies those nude pictures then shows them to another completely unknown stranger, why, here customer number 2 see what kind of criminals and dicks we are copying customers data. This second stranger just happens to be friends with the first stranger. I would be interesting to see the comparison of the value of the civil suit versus the fine to be paid.

  • by wdef ( 1050680 ) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @05:12AM (#41871131)
    Taboos and power structures are of course closely related. Breaking a taboo is transgression and in part says "to hell with what society says I can't do, I'm me and I'm rebelling against that power (and am therefore powerful)". Transgression is frequently eroticized.

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