Aussie Teenager Charged After 'Bomb Threat' Tweet At Pink Concert

Get ready for the stupidest story you'll read all day.

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A 16-year old boy is facing charges by Victoria Police after allegedly tweeting a lyric to a Pink song at the songstress' concert over the weekend.

The offending tweet allegedly mentioned a bomb in Rod Laver arena, but little did the staff and Police know that it was just a lyric to Pink's hit song "Timebomb".

The alleged offender is under the age of 18 so we can't reveal his name, but here's the tweet itself:

The Police reportedly used the teen's profile picture to locate him in the audience before tossing him from the gig. The Age reports that once the Police realised he wasn't a terrorist, Rod Laver Arena staff allegedly had him charged anyway with being "a public nuisance". Christ.

Overreact much? [SMH]


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    I'd just like to know how they located one guy among thousands of screaming, dancing fans.

      A Pink concert. Probably one of only very few males perhaps?
      I dunno, maybe she's bigger with the dudes than I thought. :)

      I'd start by finding his name in the bookings. Wouldn't take long to find him with his picture and a seat number.

        Yeah I don't think "seats" are a thing at a Pink concert.

          so you think at a pink concert, they only sell mosh pit tickets...?

    So was the "Ready to blow up RodLaverArena Bitch" in her song lyrics too?
    He SHOULD be charged with being a public nuisance (nothing more though) if that's the case as it's wasted police time if nothing else.
    Try saying that crap at an airport and see how far you travel.

      This isn't an album playing session. For all we know she did make reference to the venue, but she's too famous to be arrested. I've been to several gigs where the singer has said to 'blow the f'ing roof off'. Common sense prevailed and the crowd cheered.

      Public Nuisance carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in Victoria - seems a trifle harsh.

      Slugging the offender with a stiff fine seems more appropriate ($1000+)

        That would punish his parents, not him. Community service might be a better option.

      No, actually. I think he should be compensated. People that think that he deserved what he got are just as stupid as the people that took his tweet seriously.

      God damn you people are thick.

        Exactly, he made a mistake, they arrested him and that would of most likely scared the crap out of him itself.
        But to go and charge him for being a public nuisance? You can't be serious, it didn't affect the public at all... Especially considering they were pinks OWN LYRICS.

          Except they weren't Pink's lyrics. The original song has nothing even remotely similar to what he tweeted, and the gig hadn't started yet when he tweeted it so it didn't come from Pink on stage.

            The offending tweet allegedly mentioned a bomb in Rod Laver arena, but little did the staff and Police know that it was just a lyric to Pink’s hit song “Timebomb“.

            So this is incorrect then?

            EDIT: wait, my bad. I just looked up the lyrics, it was only referenced with the bomb. But still to charge him? Ridiculous, just give him a good talking too, he already missed out on the show!

            Last edited 09/07/13 10:40 am

              Yes... it appears to be incorrect, because looking at the lyrics online the only mention of a bomb in the song Timebomb is: "It's only love not a timebomb"

        This has got to be the one time in a million where the punishment (of being tossed out of the show) fits the crime (of being a minor dick).

        I say leave it at that, let his parents ground him if they want but actually charged over a misunderstood tweet? Nah.

    I don't listen to pink so if I read that I'd interpret it as a scare as well. Good to know our police are on the ball though.

      I agree: it was reasonable to read it as a possible scare. From apprehending the kid, I think the following script would have been appropriate:
      Security guard: WTF?
      Kid: Posting song lyrics. I don't have a bomb. See?
      Security guard: Think about how your posts could be interpreted next time. Now get thee back to the concert.
      The end.

        Yeah pretty much. It's one thing to take this stuff seriously, it's another to continue to insist there was an actual threat after it's been proven there wasn't. It was a misunderstanding and by the end of the night everyone involved knew it.

        If I posted 'time for a massacre' right before going in to see Transformers: The Movie on the big screen someone might understandably mistake that to mean I was going to shoot up the place (and not in the intended 'ha, it's ridiculous how many robots die in this kids movie' way). If the police or security grabbed me I'd be annoyed, and the situation would be overly paranoid and stupid, but ultimately they're only doing their job.
        However if they pursue it beyond the point where everything is cleared up that's not ok. They're the ones making the mistake here. I don't expect everyone to get every pop-culture reference ever made, but rather than claiming he's a public nuisance maybe it's time to just swallow your pride and admit you made a mistake.

        Honestly I'm just glad I don't have to grow up in this mess. Even though I wasn't violent (Nintendo fan so I didn't even really play violent games), I didn't do any drugs and I didn't even drink that much I would have been shot for pop-culture references, quoting song lyrics and looking angry.

    Thanks to some hi-er tech fed police practices they have his 'exact' location, pic & can make his phone ring etc. Twats.

    Why exactly is this a stupid story @lukehopewell ?
    Care to elaborate.
    An idiot did a very stupid thing, and police have to take bomb threats seriously.
    This is just like the other kid in America. You can't say "jk' and get away with everything.

    I'm proud that the police were able to find him and throw him out. He's lucky that all he's getting is "public nuisance".
    Freedom of speech is not your freedom to be a moron.

    "Overreact much?" FUCK NO. They did exactly what they are supposed to. They did exactly what we pay them for. I want to go to a concert and feel safe. I don't want to find out AFTER the bomb goes off if the kid was joking or not.

    It's stupid articles like this from our media that fuel the notion that people can say whatever they want without consequences. Have a little bit of integrity.

    It doesn't matter if it's a lyric or a joke. People need to think before they open their mouths, or tweet or post..... much like this article.

    Last edited 08/07/13 4:25 pm

      I think he is saying it is stupid that they charged him after realising what had happened. I dont like your comment at all....do you work security at Rod Laver yellow shirt?

        No I don't. I just think people should be accountable for their actions. Security and concert goers alike. Why would someone post a tweet like that? Why not just say "I'm gonna have an awesome time # Pink at #RodlaverArena". Why is it so difficult to think before saying something?

        People don't realise how much a bomb threat like that (mis-understood or not) costs. The police response, the security response, the paperwork, and now all the interviews etc...
        A stupid tweet can cost the taxpayers and private companies thousands of dollars.

        That's why people get charged for bomb hoaxes. It doesn't matter how it's said or if they mean it or not, that's the nature of a bomb threat, every one has to be taken seriously otherwise you just get a "boy who cried wolf" scenario.

        Last edited 08/07/13 5:01 pm

          Man you must be a boring guy to hang out with, huh.

            Bomb threat jokes are fun for you? I'd prefer to be boring thank you.

              Depends on the context mate.

              So you are telling me, hypothetically speaking.

              let's say there a 1 year old walking around a airport going "bom bom bom" Now he's with his parents and on the way to the airport they were listening to SAM AND THE WOMP - Bom bom in the car, is this 1 year old kid a potential terrorist because out of context it sounds like he's saying bomb bomb bomb?

              But hey we find out that he's not a Terrorist but just to make an example of him he should be punished anyway.

              Sound Logic. FREEDOM BRO

                Please explain how a 1 year old can conceivably plan to construct a bomb and blow up an airport with it. Like you said, it all depends on context. A teenager, if they had the drive, could realistically blow up a concert. A 1 year old could not.

                  Because a Australian 16 year could easily do so?
                  You know you get flagged when you buy certain items the shops.
                  Also the fact that someone that's going to blow something up would post it on twitter first.
                  Also the fact that people are too stupid to realise that it was a lyric from Pink song I mean he is at a goddamn pink concert.

                  That's the same logic as me planting a bomb in counter strike and my neighbours hearing the "Bomb has been planted" phrase, then being arrested but later found that it was only in the game however I should still be charged for something.

                  Hows your fedora mate.

                Producing a "bom bom bom" noise is very different that tweeting "ready with my bomb, ready to blow up RodLaverArena bitch".

                If that 1year old was walking round the airport saying "daddies got a bomb, gonna blow up a plane" you bet your ass security would swoop down on the situation quite rightly, bomb threats are very serious even inadvertent ones (fake bomb threats can lead to people being killed in the mass hysteria).

                If Inquisitorsz is boring to hang around with (which is unlikely) id still prefer that to hanging around with a tool that thinks that bomb threats are funny and harmless or a troll (whichever you are).

                Last edited 08/07/13 6:26 pm

                  this chain of messages has gotten so stupid....so stupid I MAY JUST BLOW UP MYSELF! Quick! Call the cops!

      Agreed.

      @lukehopwell - Certainly not an overreaction.

      "but little did the staff and Police know that it was just a lyric to Pink’s hit song “Timebomb“."

      Where in the hell is any of that in the lyrics to the song? I've looked them up and none of them come close to the statement in the tweet. Have a little integrity and do even the slightest bit of research before you post things like that.

      It was probably unnecessary to charge him but certainly not to pull him out of the concert.

      I think the real tech story here is that they located him using his twitter photo in a concert of over a thousand, that would have made a much better article.

        I didnt even think to check the lyrics, good catch.

        It may be a reference to the song, but definitely not the lyrics.

      "Overreact much?" FUCK NO. They did exactly what they are supposed to. They did exactly what we pay them for. I want to go to a concert and feel safe. I don't want to find out AFTER the bomb goes off if the kid was joking or not.

      Jesus, what kind of paranoid world do you live in? If you're worried that some 16 year old kid is going to bring a bomb to a Pink concert perhaps it's better for you just to stay at home.

      Take thing in context, if you believe everything on the internet you'll be in a very bad place.

        It's not about being paranoid about bombs going off everywhere, it's about taking a bomb threat seriously. Two very different things. Think about it. If this bomb threat was actually for real and it was ignored and a bomb went off, there'd be hell to pay and the police would have no excuses for not saving the lives of potentially hundreds of people. Regardless of whether they were song lyrics, this guy's tweet basically said "I have a bomb and am going to blow up Rod Laver arena".

        I'd take a false alarm over complacency any day.

          "I'd take a false alarm over complacency any day."

          And that's how we end up with profoundly stupid behaviour, and indeed laws. There is a continuum from "I've got a bomb and am going to kill a bunch of people" to "Someone set us up the bomb" or "tick, tick... BOOM!", and based on ongoing context and perceived risk the marker for 'take it seriously' varies.

          That isn't to say that this kid was at the 'someone set us up the bomb' - it was (I think) quite appropriate for the security guards to locate the kid and at least have a conversation with him.

          Setting a cut-off for action is always a process of balancing risk of missing a real alarm with the (non-zero) cost of having a false alarm.

            Nothing stupid about the police investigating a bomb threat. This guy's tweet sounded nothing like the actual lyrics in Pink's song, which are "It's only love not a time bomb". The tweet was basically "I have a bomb and am going to blow up Rod Laver Arena". This is well past the cut-off for "take it seriously".
            Setting a cut-off for action is always a process of balancing risk of missing a real alarm with the (non-zero) cost of having a false alarm. Hmm, let's see.
            Risk of missing a real alarm = bomb goes off, people die.
            Cost of having a false alarm = wasted police time, offender charged with causing a nuisance.
            I'd take the false alarm any day.

              And so it was taken seriously. The security guards grabbed the guy, which I agree was completely appropriate. It is everything after that which I don't think was. Seriously, once it was clear that the kid wasn't strapped with explosives and an explanation was provided for the content of the tweet it should have been left at that.

              Re: resemblance to the actual song lyrics, I'll just re-use the content of my response to zombiejesus:
              "[C]onsider which of the two following possibilities seems more likely:
              1. 16-year old tweets a badly mashed version of some lyrics, and when caught refers to the song lyrics because that is what he was drawing on
              2. 16-year old tweets a fake bomb threat in a place he's attending, and either: prepares the 'song lyrics' explanation in advance and sticks to it or makes it up when grabbed by security and sticks to it.
              I still think #1 is the more likely, but I can see how others would disagree."

      Yeah man totes right!
      He could have been a walking anthrax, birdflu, al queda bomb for all we know, imagine if he was hitler OMG, he could be like a hitler and osama hybrid, no wait.

      that's what he wants us to think, hes actually the devil :O WOW!

        Judging from your posts, you're obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer. So I'll try to make it simple for you. A bomb threat should ALWAYS be taken seriously. Even dismissing a single real threat as a joke could potentially mean that hundreds or even thousands of people die. This is not paranoia, this is just common sense, which you obviously seem to lack.

      It is an absurd overreaction. The security guards grabbing him was not: that was sensible. However, everything from there was ridiculous.

      The very central point is: it was not a bomb threat, it was abbreviated song lyrics which without context looked like a bomb threat. If the kid made a bomb threat, then of course that would be a different issue. However, he didn't. You say it doesn't matter if it's a lyric or a joke. I completely disagree. If it were a joke - i.e. 'Ha ha, I made a fake bomb threat' then that is obviously an issue because it is only a joke because it will be interpreted as being an actual bomb threat. That was not the case.

      The fact that he was staying at the concert and not carrying a bomb, I would think, would weigh in on the risk of him detonating a bomb there at the concert which he was at.

      People do need to think before they tweet, but the way to prompt a 16 year old to think more in future can be a little less drastic than throwing him out of a concert and into the hands of police, and insisting he be charged.

        The word 'bomb' is only mentioned four times in the lyrics, and they're not even remotely similar to what he tweeted.

          Yeah, I noticed that. However, consider which of the two following possibilities seems more likely:
          1. 16-year old tweets a badly mashed version of some lyrics, and when caught refers to the song lyrics because that is what he was drawing on
          2. 16-year old tweets a fake bomb threat in a place he's attending, and either: prepares the 'song lyrics' explanation in advance and sticks to it or makes it up when grabbed by security and sticks to it.

          I still think #1 is the more likely, but I can see how others would disagree.

            I think #3 is more likely: 16-year old was being a douchebag and knew exactly what he was doing but didn't think he'd get caught. When he did get caught, he made up an easily disprovable lie about how 'it was just lyrics' to try to cover his arse.

            His parents might be suckered in by his story, but I don't buy it.

              Your #3 was my #2 ('or makes it up when grabbed by security and sticks to it.').

              You may be right.

                It sounded different when I was writing it but then when I finished it was pretty much the same, yeah =P

    There once was a day when you could say the word bomb and no one raised any eye, if you said FUCK you got your arse kicked. Blame terrorist, they have caused this and are probably laughing their fucken arses off. (I apologise for the profanity)

      There once was a day when you could say the word bomb and no one raised any eye

      When I was young I said stuff that would definitely get me thrown in jail by these standards. If you don't know what GI Joe, Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, etc are then watching young me play at school was essentially just a terrorist attack. Hell, I still say things that a lot of people won't get that could land me in trouble with this sort of paranoia. That's what makes it so worrying. The amount of times I've yelled about stabbing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj2dmQruJXs) alone would see me locked up for the next 20 years.

    I looked up the lyrics.

    Bomb is mentioned four times: 'It's only love not a time bomb' (Same thing all four times).

    Not even close to what was tweeted. Am I missing something here?

    Last edited 08/07/13 6:18 pm

    I hope this doesn't turn into another Justin Carter

    This is the stupidest reason for a charge! You get teens out on the weekend in the CBD slobbering everywhere pissing in the streets making an absolute nuisance of themselves to cops and this guy gets charged?? Should've got a slap on the wrist and nothing else I reckon.

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