Police in the United Kingdom have warned people mocking the hairstyle of a wanted and convicted drug dealer that they could be facing criminal charges of their own for harassment.
The Gwent Police Department in South Wales posted a photo of 21-year-old Jermaine Taylor to their Facebook page in an effort to ask for information about the man from the public. Released from prison in December, Taylor reportedly violated his parole — which is why we was wanted by the police.
Sentenced in September of 2017, Taylor spent three years behind bars for for supplying controlled drugs and cocaine.
The mugshot posted by police to Facebook went viral, but the popularity of the photo had nothing to do with Taylor’s crimes and everything to do with his receding hairline.
“Have you seen 21-year-old man from Newport? We’re appealing for information to locate 21 year old Jermaine Taylor, from Newport, who has breached his licence conditions after being released from prison on 10th December 2018,” police wrote along with the photo.
They continued, “Taylor received a 3 year sentence for being concerned in supplying controlled drugs (cocaine) after being sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on 4th September 2017. Due to the fact that Taylor, who was released on licence, breached their licence conditions they have now been recalled to prison.”
They then appealed to the public for any information about Taylor’s location.
What they wrote didn’t really matter though because users could not get over Taylor’s extreme hairline.
As of this writing the photo has over 83,000 comments and 14,000 shares.
Users could not help themselves and immediately started throwing out jokes at Taylor and his hairline’s expense.
“Looks like his hairline is on the run too,” one commenter wrote.
“His hairline goes back further than my family tree,” said another.
Another replied, “He was last seen in town; Police are combing the area.”
“Push his release date back further than his hair line, that should teach him,” joked another.
Police found the comments and puns to be no laughing matter. They commented on the photo and warned people that harassment is against the law.
“Please remember that harassing, threatening and abusing people on social media can be against the law. Our advice is to be as careful on social media as you would in any other form of communication. If you say something about someone which is grossly offensive or is of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, then you could be investigated by the police,” they wrote.
The comment mattered little. People kept on joking, some even replying to the harassment warning comment itself.
“Looks as though he was doing a handstand when pic was taken,” wrote one user.
Another added, “Do some proper police work instead of jumping on the liberal snowflake wagon.”
“Agreed, some of these comments could be taken as hairassment,” said another.
And another replied, “Not much of policing if you need the public to help. Try the local barbers.”
While mocking someone’s appearance isn’t exactly nice, even police in the United Kingdom should have better things to worry about than social media comments.
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