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Prank offer of free baby lands teen in trouble
網告送嬰兒 青少年惡作劇惹禍上身

Chinese parents and their babies take part in an early-education class at a school in Beijing on April 8.
中國父母四月八日帶著他們的嬰兒在北京一所學校內,參加早期教育課程。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

A Clinton, Mississippi teen was pulling the leg of a friend when he advertised a free baby boy on Craigslist using the friend’s cellphone number on the contact information, police say.

Police Chief Don Byington would not identify the youths involved, but said the posting was “a bad practical joke.”

His department’s investigation shows the 18-year-old student at Clinton High School took a photo of an unknown baby boy from Google and placed the advertisement on Craigslist to give away — not to sell — the baby, Byington said.

Officers consulted with Craigslist and used the cell phone number to track down what happened, he said. The male student whose number was used without his permission “didn’t know until his friends called it to his attention,” Byington said.

Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride said the posting of such information on Craigslist can be prosecuted under state law that makes the “posting of messages through electronic media for the purpose of causing injury to another person” a felony.

(AP)

警方表示,(美國密西西比州)柯林頓的一名青少年惡搞朋友,在網路分類廣告Craigslist上張貼贈送免費男嬰的廣告,並在聯絡資訊欄填上朋友的手機號碼。

警察局長唐恩.拜因頓並未透露涉案年輕人的身分,但說貼這文「真的是很爛的玩笑。」

拜因頓說,警方調查顯示,這名十八歲的柯林頓高中生從Google取得一張不知名的男嬰照片,然後在Craigslist上張貼廣告說要送─而非販賣─這名男嬰。

他說,警方聯繫Craigslist並利用手機號碼追查到底發生了什麼事。那名手機號碼未經同意遭到濫用的男學生「在被朋友告知之前都不知道發生了什麼事。」

海恩斯郡助理地方檢察官傑米.麥克布萊德說,在Craigslist張貼此等訊息根據州法會被以「透過電子媒介張貼訊息以造成他人傷害為目的」的重罪起訴。

(美聯社/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. pull one’s leg v. phr.

惡搞 (e4 gao3)

例: Don’t believe her. She’s just pulling your leg.

(別相信她。她在耍你。)

2. joke n.

玩笑 (wan2 xiao4)

例: Don’t take it too seriously. It’s just a joke.

(別太認真,那只是個玩笑。)

3. attention n.

注意 (zhu4 yi4)

例: Please pay attention to notices posted on the bulletin board.

(請注意佈告欄上的通知。)


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