The Game's Twitter prank overwhelms L.A. County Sheriff phones
Rapper The Game was happy to pull a Twitter prank on Friday at the expense of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, but now that he faces a criminal complaint, the cops may get the last laugh. Not that he's worried about it.
The Game, a.k.a. Charles Louboutin, a.k.a. Jayceon Terrell Taylor, posted a tweet (which has since been removed) via @thegame Friday asking people who wanted to be his intern to call a certain telephone number. Problem was, it was the number to the Compton sheriff's office. And boy, did the cops get a lot of calls that night. The Compton sheriff's station and the sheriff's department said they had received hundreds of calls, ostensibly from The Game's followers, who were in excess of 560,000 people. The department tweeted The Game twice asking him to take down the offending tweet before the rapper complied.
"These needless phone calls interfered with the ability of sheriff's desk personnel to answer the business line phones and 9-1-1 calls, and for dispatchers to send help to people who really needed it," the department said in a statement. "We don't know how many people needed help but couldn't get through the overwhelmed phone lines." They added that calls that were delayed included a missing person, a spousal assault, two robberies and a stolen car.
The rapper was unconcerned, tweeting later, "Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job !!!!" The sheriff's department noted it would file a criminal complaint accusing The Game of "annoying or harassing phone calls via electronic device or the Internet whether or not conversation ensues; delaying or obstructing peace officers in the performance of their duties; and knowingly and maliciously disrupting or impeding communications over a public safety radio frequency," PCMag.com reports. It may be just what the rapper wanted, though; His new release, The R.E.D. Album, is set to come out Aug. 23.
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