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The Pimping Game
Status: PrankHow to play the "pimping" game: Print a fake license plate on glossy paper using license-plate-like fonts downloaded off the web. Tape this fake license plate over your real license plate. Then purposefully speed in an area where you'll get photographed by speed cameras. Whoever owns the license-plate-number you faked will then get mailed a ticket.
If you really want to get fancy, make sure the car you're driving is similar to the car you want to prank.
Police report that kids are increasingly using this technique to get tickets sent to parents, teachers, and other victims. Says one unnamed parent: "This game is very disturbing."
I don't know why it's called the "pimping" game.
Link: Daily Tech
Posted by Alex on Mon Dec 22, 2008
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Not 100% sure, but I'd put money on the name coming from the old TV show "Pimp My Ride" about cosmetic modifications to vehicles.Posted by fuzzfoot in potland, or on Tue Dec 23, 2008 at 12:02 AM
Has anyone yet released the inevitable porno tape named "Ride My Pimp?"Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Tue Dec 23, 2008 at 03:44 AM
The origin of pimping in this purpose is from the use of the term in US prison systems as in to snitch on another person, for personal gain, in a usually fallacious manner. y'know not that I was ever in prisonPosted by James Simko on Wed Dec 24, 2008 at 10:33 PM
@Cranky Media Guy: http://www.google.com/search?q="Ride+My+Pimp"+adultPosted by Gutza on Tue Jan 13, 2009 at 06:24 AM
Would be a nice use of false positives to undermine surveillance technology (reminds me of Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother"), if only they were doing it for that reason.Posted by Marc on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 08:45 PM