Want your mug shot back? That'll be $400
Websites that post photos of people after they were arrested are charging big bucks to take the images down.
But the folks featured in those mug shots are not as amused. Some of them have tried to have their photos taken down, only to run into a financial wall: It can cost hundreds of dollars to remove the images.
Mugshots.com charges $399 to erase photos, The Associated Press reports. Other sites charge more than $1,000.
Why so much? The websites told AP they have a right to show the images, and they're even claiming some moral ground. "I absolutely believe that a parent, for instance, has a right to know if their kid's coach has been arrested," the CEO of Justmugshots.com told the news service.
What they aren't saying is that they're also profiting off of embarrassment, with no discretion when it comes to people who were innocent and eventually cleared of those charges.
Take the case of one Ohio man charged with failure to disperse when he was caught up in the police response to a loud house party. The case was dismissed, but his mug shot lives on, and he was asked about it in a job interview, AP reports.
Stories like that are part of the reason some lawmakers are pushing legislation requiring websites to remove the photos for free.
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This sounds an awful lot like extortion. You ask to have your own image removed and you have to PAY them for them to do so?
How does the site get the photos? Can anyone go to the police and get the photos (I guess for a fee). Sounds like a "why didn't I think of that" business idea.
Another good business idea is snapping license plate photos to make money from the repo industry.
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