In the pantheon of dumb criminals we've covered at Techdirt, we've already handed out awards for dumbest criminal, best dumb criminal in college, and criminal with the most hubris ever. While most crimes wouldn't qualify as "funny" per se, I have to admit that I rarely am genuinely angry at any of these idiots. It's more along the lines of head-shaking and chuckling at the stupidity of it all.
But not with this guy, who somehow thought it'd be a laugh to videotape himself threatening people with a pellet gun and pretending to rob them, then uploading the videos to the internet. His victims, obviously, didn't know it wasn't a real firearm. The criminal, obviously, is a sociopath.
Twenty-one-year-old Daron Stinson is facing a host of felonies after he "pretended" to rob and shoot at frightened pedestrians with a pellet gun that looked like a handgun. In one video he points his gun at a 51-year-old man salting a sidewalk and demands the man load it in his trunk. Stinson also posted multiple videos on Instagram of himself shooting the pellet gun as his victims react with terror. I'm...