Verizon store employees steal nude photos, share them with random customer

Everyone loves stupid criminal stories, and when they involve technology, well, that's just icing on the cake. In this case, it's also a cautionary tale: never trust Verizon employees with your nude photos. Ever.

In fact, we would go so far as to suggest that you take no nude photos at all, unless it proves to be an absolute necessity. Nothing good ever comes of it. Case in point: a Verizon employee in Florida has been arrested after allegedly stealing nude photos of a woman whom he and another employee were supposedly helping. As bad as that is, the really cringe worthy part is that they… wait for it… decided to share the photos with a random customer.

As if that weren't idiotic enough, they even implicated one another. When one of the employees, Joshua Stuart, couldn't find the photos on his computer, he called over another employee, Gregory Lampert, who had already saved them to his phone. Unfortunately, the customer they decided to share the photos with turned out to be a friend of the woman in the pictures.

Long story short, the woman's friend stayed cool, finished his business in the store, then let her know what had happened. After that, they contacted the police, who found the images on a laptop and two phones owned by Lampert, who then confessed to stealing them and has been charged with two felony counts of dealing in stolen property, along with a host of minor stuff. Unfortunately, Stuart is apparently still on the lam, but we expect that'll change before long.

At any rate, let this be a lesson to all of you: don't take nude pictures. Seriously. They always end up in the wrong (sticky) hands. And then on the internet. Just don't do it!

Source: The Register | The Smoking Gun

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If you are going to take nude photos of yourself or use your computer for pornography, then please be smart and use truecrypt with whole drive encryption or containers. ;-)

warwagon said,
If you are going to take nude photos of yourself or use your computer for pornography, then please be smart and use truecrypt with whole drive encryption or containers. ;-)

Truecrypt for normal porn?
Wtf man

GS:mac

warwagon said,
If you are going to take nude photos of yourself or use your computer for pornography, then please be smart and use truecrypt with whole drive encryption or containers. ;-)

Maybe for the 2 girls 1 cup Gape Lovers stuff but the normal porn meh forget it..
actually wait a second.. who looks at normal porn anyway ?
Uggghh BORING!!!!
I can't get off unless i gots me some freak nasty
Pour hot wax on it and shove 2 or 3 of them in that beast !

If someone isn't gettin defiled its not porn..

i remember years ago I took a pic of my balls to send to my friends and I got a text back from telus saying its against the TOS so I know they have access to what I take pics of hah

Colin McGregor said,
i remember years ago I took a pic of my balls to send to my friends and I got a text back from telus saying its against the TOS so I know they have access to what I take pics of hah

LOL right on man thats funny !
And scarey they are keeping tabs on you
reminds me of skydrive / hotmail stories recently

nik louch said,
I have no idea what this means.

Old slang for being on the run/avoiding the law. (Although I think it's lam, not lamb.)

Thats nothing compared with what friends who work at PC World in the UK have shown me,

People are so trusting!

Shikaka said,
Thats nothing compared with what friends who work at PC World in the UK have shown me,

People are so trusting!

your friends are breaching the data protection act and should be more careful as they don't know whose watching

xSuRgEx said,

your friends are breaching the data protection act and should be more careful as they don't know whose watching

They are working in PC World.... that tells you how intelligent they are /burn!

Shikaka said,

They are working in PC World.... that tells you how intelligent they are /burn!

your profile says you have an iphone I wouldn't talk.

why do you need a certain phone to validate your intelligence? Kind of funny that your statement itself shows exactly the very example what you are trying to say.

Colin McGregor said,

your profile says you have an iphone I wouldn't talk.

rippleman said,
why do you need a certain phone to validate your intelligence? Kind of funny that your statement itself shows exactly the very example what you are trying to say.

Simple. Insecurities.

They can not accept that other people have different tastes, wants, and needs, so they create this world where other people are just stupid and buy stuff based on the logo on the back, when that's really a fringed group of people.

I'm not saying the two morons are right, but the punishment hardly fits the crime.
Idiots shouldn't have had nude pictures of themselves left out in the open like that, or at all. Yes, I am blaming the victims here, because the victims are even dumber than the two morons who "stole" the pictures. (Even though it is not possible to "steal" a digital picture.)

Perfect72 said,
I'm not saying the two morons are right, but the punishment hardly fits the crime.
Idiots shouldn't have had nude pictures of themselves left out in the open like that, or at all. Yes, I am blaming the victims here, because the victims are even dumber than the two morons who "stole" the pictures. (Even though it is not possible to "steal" a digital picture.)

I don't have nude photos on my phone but I do have personal photos. If these a-holes dont get punished then others will think it is okay to copy personal content from costumers. How would you feel if you find out the content of your phone has been copied?

Taking nude photos of yourself is a dumb move but that doesnt make it okay to copy/steal them.

BTW here is the forum thread (I'm not the OP) showing that it is not a Verizon corp location.

I don't work for them anymore (haven't for years) but I would be careful and change the title and such since they have a reputation for getting upset at stuff like this.

could have said "Ohio citizens steal nude photos, share them with random customer" or "Americans steal nude photos, share them with random customer" or anything like that... who cares that its Verizon? Does this mean that Verizon is responsible? Was it the companies actions that dictated what happen? I am not a Verizon customer (nor is it even available in my country) but I hate it when articles try to smear a company name because of some stupid kid that worked for them.

rippleman said,
could have said "Ohio citizens steal nude photos, share them with random customer" or "Americans steal nude photos, share them with random customer" or anything like that... who cares that its Verizon? Does this mean that Verizon is responsible? Was it the companies actions that dictated what happen? I am not a Verizon customer (nor is it even available in my country) but I hate it when articles try to smear a company name because of some stupid kid that worked for them.

If it was a Verizon store, they are responsible for it.

rippleman said,
could have said "Ohio citizens steal nude photos, share them with random customer" or "Americans steal nude photos, share them with random customer" or anything like that... who cares that its Verizon? Does this mean that Verizon is responsible? Was it the companies actions that dictated what happen? I am not a Verizon customer (nor is it even available in my country) but I hate it when articles try to smear a company name because of some stupid kid that worked for them.

If an Apple Genius did this, would they be responsible?

THolman said,

If an Apple Genius did this, would they be responsible?

Yes. Apple Corp directly employs Apple Geniuses. I'm not really sure how it works when third party retailers are evolved. Like, if these guys were Walmart employees who happened to sell Verizon stuff, it would fall back on Walmart.

oh NOOos nudes. Some people do not care if others see them nude but this is theft. so these two morons now have felonies and will be on the sex offender list.

Xionanx that's still no excuse, bottom line they decided to be stupid enough and steal the pics then show them off. I myself am a tech and have serviced thousands of computerized devices and have also seen my fair share of pics that weren't meant for public viewing, even back in the day before digital pics, one time I had to on site to a home and fix a computer, after I repaired it policy was for me to test all devices connected to it, I had a checklist that the customer would have to sign, anyhow I tested a scanner and there where nude pics of the woman tied up to her bed, and we were in her bedroom where the computer was, at first she was really embarrassed then later ****ed off that her hubby was scanning the pics to post online. Anyhow I laughed and told fellow co-workers but I had class enough not to steal the images and share them.

xpablo said,
Xionanx that's still no excuse, bottom line they decided to be stupid enough and steal the pics then show them off. I myself am a tech and have serviced thousands of computerized devices and have also seen my fair share of pics that weren't meant for public viewing, even back in the day before digital pics, one time I had to on site to a home and fix a computer, after I repaired it policy was for me to test all devices connected to it, I had a checklist that the customer would have to sign, anyhow I tested a scanner and there where nude pics of the woman tied up to her bed, and we were in her bedroom where the computer was, at first she was really embarrassed then later ****ed off that her hubby was scanning the pics to post online. Anyhow I laughed and told fellow co-workers but I had class enough not to steal the images and share them.

class enough not to steal the images but classy enough to talk about what you saw.
nice work there.

Sadly I hardly consider this noteworthy. Having worked at a tech bench in a "Big Box" store, I saw at least 20 PC's brought in a year with nude photos of the owners on them, in some cases they were the screen saver and/or background image, which lead to quite a few awkward moments. I am quite sure some of these people WANTED people to see those photos, there was this one woman who came in once and specifically asked us to help retrieve and backup her photos.. which were all pics of her posing nude..

So yeah, don't be the least be surprised if get your PC or SmartPhone serviced that some of your private photos end up being not so private anymore. Be smart, and delete them before you bring it in for service.

*Note that MOST companies have policies strictly forbidding employees to look at customer data on equipment being serviced, but when you consider the people working at these places are usually high school/college kids thats like telling them to "Wash Their Hands" when they use the bathroom.

yup i have seen the same thing over the years..
They say hey re-install windows but save my pictures .
you open the pictures folder WHAM nudes galore lol

Worst case was one time i found hardcore nudes of my step brothers MOM LOL
And she KNEW I would see them !

Worth noting though i have nor would i ever take possesion of ANY picture
or other data of any kind ever under any circumstances.
I was in possession of a hard drive i was asked to securely wipe with a massive database of private Canadian Medical records (From a Provicial Gov. employee) and I never even loaded the drive up and looked into it.. i wiped it and gave it back basically.

I don't feel sorry for these idiots who got caught but what exactly are they gonna charge them with ? Theft ? what ? lol
I don't see how they can charge them with anything really.. unless you get a dick judge that just wants to bend the law to make an example out of these guys.

VerletzerCR said,
I hope the pictures of a naked woman is worth the 2 felonies you morons.

Yeah those ******* that try to look for naked pictures of women...who does that right?

That friend of her had to be gay or she must be really ugly. I would tell them that I'm a friend of her so they stop sharing the pictures but never tell on a dude. bros before....

My friend had a buddy that worked at Sprint, this fat **** would get the numbers of all fine women that walked in the store and later look through their sprint uploads section.