This story about a police officer who scrawled an anti-police epithet epithet on his McDonald’s coffee cup and then uploaded a photo of it to Facebook, claiming that the barista had done it. The hoax was discovered when security footage revealed that no employees had written those words. The police officer then admitted the hoax (he said it was a ‘joke’) and has since resigned.
But this story is symbolic of the tricky world we live in where people manufacture bogus stories that promote an agenda and hope that others will believe them. What if there had been no exonerating footage? The hoax could have resulted in the barista losing their job and suffering all manner of opprobrium. Will there come a time when we will all have to wear bodycams in order to protect us from those who try to harm us by making up stuff?