SEB Pro Tip: Having “Magic Jack” doesn’t make your phone number untraceable.

It’s always amusing when dumb asses think they can’t be found when, in fact, they can:

Gregory Giusti of San Francisco allegedly called Speaker Nancy Pelosi at least 48 times over a seven week period and in one voicemail left at her Washington home warned,”If you like your home in [Northern California], don’t vote for the healthcare bill,” according to an affidavit supporting the criminal complaint unsealed today.

Giusti, 48, is charged with making harassing and threatening telephone calls to a government official. During an initial appearance in federal court in San Francisco today Giusti wept but did not make any remarks.

Pelosi told agents that in one case she picked up the phone in her Washington home and Giusti “used extremely vulgar and crude language and threatened her, stating ‘when you go back to California you won’t have a home to go back to,'” the complaint alleges.

[…] Giusti made the alleged calls using an Internet phone service called Magic Jack. During one call to Pelosi’s San Francisco district office, Giusti allegedly claimed, “and the number I’m calling from is untraceable so if you’re trying to trace it have fun.” Authorities did so nevertheless.

Look, just because they call it “Magic Jack” doesn’t mean it’s actually magical and will keep the authorities from finding you when you use it to threaten public officials. If anything it’s amazing you got 48 phone calls in before they were knocking on your front door.

I have to admit that I do love the fact that this asshat cried in court. Perhaps he’ll think twice before being such a dumb ass in the future.

Naaaaah, probably not.

Jewish man sues Frito-Lay for making him deliver Krismas trees.

This news item prompted a couple of questions with me:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—A West Valley City truck driver is suing Frito-Lay Inc. because he says the company retaliated against him after he requested not to deliver Christmas trees, saying it made him feel uncomfortable because of his Jewish faith.

Richard Cleaveland is seeking damages of at least $100,000.

Cleaveland says he complained in December 2004 and was denied his religious accommodation request.

The complaint contends that since making his request, Cleaveland has been subject to insults, jokes and been forced to observe other Christian traditions. It also says he’s been given worse shifts, been denied jobs he’d gotten in the past and had difficulty securing wages.

A spokeswoman for Frito-Lay could not immediately be reached for comment.

The first questions I have are: When did Frito-Lay start delivering Krismas trees? Do they pack them into the extra space between boxes of delicious potato and corn chips? Do the trees come in different flavors?

Other than that this seems like a pretty cut and dried situation. Denying the man’s request not to deliver Krismas trees is probably within the company’s rights (if you don’t like the job, go find a different one), but the harassment that took place after the man filed his request is stepping over the line and probably gives him a lawsuit where he didn’t have one previously.

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