I need somebody to explain this
thing to me, because I’m just not getting it.
Snip from the article, which is trying but failing:
The application flashes increasingly threatening messages in bold print on the phone’s screen to show to the offender: “Excuse me, did you just grope me?” “Groping is a crime,” and finally, “Shall we head to the police?”
Users press an “Anger” icon in the program to progress to the next threat. A warning chime accompanies the messages.
The application, which can be downloaded for free on web-enabled phones, is for women who want to scare away perverts with minimum hassle and without attracting attention, according to Takahashi’s website.
Ok. You’re being groped on the subway. I say subway because the article specifically says that this system is meant for use on crowded public transit. Anyway, rather than jump, scream or try to nut the guy, your first instinct is to whip out the trusty cellular and poke at icons as if you’re playing a videogame? Not to mention that all the while you’re having to do your best to ensure that Professor Happy Hands has a clear view of the display. Riiiiight. I know that’s exactly what I’d be doing.
Just for fun though, let’s pretend for a moment that this is in any way practical and that for whatever reason you wouldn’t want to attract attention in case things were to get out of hand. Oh, and for our purposes, we need to assume that the you’re grabbing my ass and I’m not enjoying it chime isn’t going to cause concern amongst your fellow passengers.
You’re riding along on the train when suddenly you feel a hand. Doesn’t matter where it is, use your imagination. the important thing is that it’s an uninvited hand. Realizing that Father Bad Touch has joined the party, you do what any safety conscious woman would do. So, out comes the phone, and flashbeep go the messages.
Realizing he’s been busted, your new friend Bobby Boobtugger wisely figures out that it’s time to get out of dodge. Being the nimble fingered miscreant that he is, he makes a break for it…with the cell phone you’ve been waving at him the whole time. Not wanting to draw attention to the situation however, you say nothing, and off he gets at the next stop, and you’re out a phone and some dignity.
Not sure about you, but I’m wondering where I sign up.
I know this is made in Japan where technology is king, but sometimes things happen that all the fancy gadgets in the world aren’t going to get you out of. At least they’re giving it away for free, because this is definitley one of those times when I’d imagine you’d be getting what you paid for.