You've probably heard all about dumb criminals who brag about their crimes on Facebook or post photo evidence online. This story is just like that, except this guy isn't dumb, he knew he would get caught and is aiming to make a change - a form of civil disobedience.
Stephen Ruth from Long Island came up with a way for people to "attack" traffic cameras and license plate readers placed at various lights across the country. He claims the cameras are unconstitutional and are draining New Yorkers dry.
After being busted several times for not waiting a full three seconds at a light, Ruth decided he had enough and set out to protect the people - taxpayers, veterans, the little guys and senior citizens. Ruth then recorded himself using a painter's pole with a ball attached to the top to point a traffic camera toward the sky and not the street.
Next, he posted the video to Facebook, where it was viewed an estimated 304,637 times. Ruth posted another video two days later, and he's accused of tampering with up to four cameras.
Here's the video, which is still live:
Ruth was arrested and released on $3,000 bail. He then took to Facebook to justify his actions::
To all the people thinking "why would he do that? Didn't he think he was going to get arrested?" Of course I knew I would be arrested. I did it for the people who come back from war and get abused by these cameras. I did it because senior citizens are getting these, the same ones that went to war for us. These same seniors live in New York's high cost environment and are being forced out of New York because of its high taxes.
I also did it because every vehicle that you see with an out of state license plate is not receiving these tickets regardless of who they are. These same people live in our state and pay lower insurance rates because their cars are registered out of state under someone else's name.
Hero or a villain? Let me know what you think about Ruth's actions by posting in the comments below.