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A programmer in San Francisco got some justice after posting a viral video that showed her smartphone and laptop being swiped from a neighborhood cafe.

Police arrested Paul Raynal, 32, on Monday, after a tweeting tipster who'd seen the viral video spotted the alleged perpetrator at a nearby Starbucks -- wearing the same outfit seen in the video from three days earlier.

Can social media and stupidity combine to fight crime?

Viral video of an incident entitled "Redneck Road Rage / Instant Karma" got the attention of Florida law enforcement, and landed the alleged road rager behind bars.

Jeffrey White, 33, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and not wearing a seatbelt, according to Tampa's WTSP-TV.

Turns out legal karma is a b---- too. But what about the other driver who captured the video on a cell phone while behind the wheel herself?

A Different Kind of 'Revenge Porn': Val Midwest Jailed for School Pics

Porn star Val Midwest snuck onto the campus of the Catholic high school she attended and took naked photos of herself masturbating on the football field for her adult website.

Not surprisingly, that stunt didn't pan out so well. 20-year-old Valerie Dodds (Midwest's non-porn name) has begun serving her 45-day sentence -- with her clothes on.

Does the punishment fit the crime?

World Trade Center BASE Jumpers Face Burglary Charges

A World Trade Center BASE jump has landed four men in legal trouble. Three skydiving enthusiasts and their alleged accomplice have been arrested on burglary and reckless endangerment charges for a daring parachute jump in September.

Marko Markovich, 27; Andrew Rossig, 33; and James Brady, 32, are professional BASE jumpers -- standing for "building, antenna, span, earth" -- who set their sights on the rebuilt World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States, The Associated Press reports. Alleged accomplice Kyle Hartwell, 29, stood watch from the ground.

But how is BASE jumping from atop 1 World Trade Center -- informally known as the Freedom Tower -- considered burglary?

Dog Keg Stand Photo Puts 2 College Students in Doghouse

Two college students have been charged with animal abuse for making a five-month-old puppy do a keg stand at a State University of New York off-campus party.

A picture of the puppy doing a keg stand, being held by an unidentified male with a SUNY Brockport sweatshirt on, went viral after it was posted on Twitter with the caption "Keg Stands n Bits!," United Press International reports.

Ugh, humans.

Bear-Feeding Woman, 81, Arrested for Feeding Birds

An elderly Florida woman has moved on from feeding bears to feeding birds, in violation of probation.

81-year-old Mary Musselman was on probation for feeding bears. Now she's being held without bail for violating her probation by feeding crows, Tampa's WTVT-TV reports.

If you're an animal lover, you might think this is mean. But when you learn why she was arrested, you might feel otherwise.

Assault isn't really in the eye of the beholder, even if the victim is wearing Google Glass.

Google Glass user and tech writer Sarah Slocum reported Monday via Facebook that she was attacked and robbed at a San Francisco bar by "Google Glass haters." Slocum later recovered her Google Glass, but she says her phone and purse are still missing, San Francisco's KPIX-TV reports.

Is hating on "Glassholes" illegal?

Didn't Know Cocaine Was Illegal? That's No Excuse

A ruddy-faced man was arrested for drug possession in Florida. His defense? He didn't know cocaine was illegal in the state of Florida. Whoops!

46-year-old Guy Lanchester told police "I don't understand... I thought cocaine wasn't illegal in Florida," South Florida's WTVJ reports.

Even if we suspend our judgment and choose to believe he was telling the truth, his ignorance would still be no defense. But what you may not know is that if he'd worded his ignorance differently, it may have been a valid defense.

Alleged Sexual Assault of Cows Caught on Video; 2 Arrested

Although Old McDonald had a farm, he probably didn't think anyone was going to sexually assault his cows.

The same can be said for a farmer in upstate New York, who was wondering why his heffers seemed anxious and "were not producing as usual," the Utica Observer-Dispatch reports. Surveillance video in a barn revealed the answer, showing a man named Michael Jones filming another man, Reid Fontaine, allegedly trying to have sex with the farmer's cows.

For their alleged crimes against nature, the men are charged with sexual misconduct. But does that charge apply when the victim is a cow?

Unreturned VHS Rental Gets Woman Arrested 9 Years Later

A South Carolina woman has been arrested for never returning a VHS rental. If you're wondering who in the world still watches VHS tapes, rest assured, the rental was from 2005 -- the year of "Hollaback Girl," "Capote," the death of Pope John Paul II, and Hurricane Katrina.

Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, of Pickens County, is facing a misdemeanor charge of "failure to return a rented video cassette," CNN reports.

The real crime: It was a Jennifer Lopez movie.