Cleveland Cracks Down on Flash Mobs

Cell Phone: Crime SceneCleveland, Ohio’s City Council has voted to include cell phones and computers as “criminal tools” when they are used to plan unruly flash mobs.

As reported on, offenders can spend up to six months in jail and pay a $1,000 fine for using either device to organize a public gathering that turns ugly.

The Council’s previous decision to flag Facebook and Twitter as potentially dangerous tools was considered too unconstitutional to fly, but the decision to include any digital communications transmitted via digital devices has somehow passed.

Apparently the distinction between “flash mob,” “public disturbance” and “riot” is quite thin in Cleveland.

Better think twice before hitting ‘Like’ on that Facebook post about a Thriller dance world record attempt lest it explode into rabble-rousing.

Forget any rallies or protests, a.k.a. “car barbecues,” unless personally invited by telegram.

Also, if you use the Internet to set up 2 friends on a blind date that goes horribly wrong, you will automatically receive the dry cleaning bill for any bystander hit by a flying drink-to-the-face.

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