Watch out, residents of Pocatello, Idaho! A "suspicious man" driving a "tan/brown van" was seen at the local park, "taking pictures of children." Is he a pedophile? A murderer? A Satanist sex perv? He "ran off" when confronted by parents!
"If anyone has information about this man," Local News 8 reported on Tuesday, "police would like them to call police dispatch." Well! Someone did have information: The man himself, who "was at the park taking pictures of his grandson." Also, the whole "ran off when confronted" thing?
The man also said that he did not run away, but simply walked away from a woman who had gotten very close to him and was yelling at him. Manning said police are no longer worried about the man and he is not suspicious.
This isn't the first time something like this has happened, either. Pixiq catalogued the occurrences of overblown suspicion, like the time "a UK man was called a 'pervert' for photographing his own kids in a park" or the time New Jersey tried to ban all photographs of children. Parents: Not everyone wants to take photos of your kids! Most of them aren't that sexy anyway.