No matter how funny you think your dumb joke is, it’s probably best that you don’t bust it out for the friendly local reporter asking questions and taking pictures for one of those man on the street articles if you’re a bail jumper.
A college student wanted for jumping bail on a drunken driving case in New York was busted in Pennsylvania after he made a dopey joke to a newspaper and allowed them to print his photo.
Jacob Close, 25, was collared at a student rec center at Bloomsburg University over the weekend after his photo ran in an opinion feature in the local Press Enterprise, news blogger Jim Romenesko reported.
Close, identified as a Bloomsburg student, appeared in the paper answering a question about whether the Washington Redskins should change their name, which has come under fire from Native American groups and others.
“I think they should keep the same name, but change the mascot to a potato,” Close yukked.
A police officer who happened to be reading the paper (yes, a few people still do that) recognized him and from there it didn’t take long to get him back in custody. Bail was set at $25,000, which hopefully nobody was stupid enough to post for him. He was awaiting extradition back to New York at last report.