10 Times That Online Jokes Got People In Trouble With The Law

Neil Phillips

Shop owner Neil Phillips was arrested in 2013 after a local councilor complained to police, saying that he was offended by two jokes made by Mr Phillips regarding Nelson Mandela. While the 44-year-old admitted the jokes were not in the best taste, they did not contain any racist remarks or hatred. This didn’t stop the authorities from arresting him before confiscating his laptop and recording his DNA and fingerprints.

Leigh Van Bryan & Emily Bunting

This tourist pair were arrested after travelling from the United Kingdom to Los Angeles for a holiday. Police searched them and then refused both admission to the United States after Bryan had posted on Twitter saying: “Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America” and “3 weeks today, we’re totally in LA p****** people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin’ Marilyn Monroe up!” Presumably the police though they were actually going to destroy the country and dig up Monroe.