You may remember, back in January, we ran a story about the “Twitter twit” who made a joke about blowing up Robin Hood airport in a tweet.
Paul Chambers was disgruntled due to the possibility of the winter’s snow disrupting his travel plans, and decided to put the ill-considered joke up on his Twitter account in a moment of pique.
If the snow wasn’t cleared and the Yorkshire airport opened before he was due to fly, he said: “I’m blowing the airport sky high!”
Then the police turned up and arrested him under the Terrorism Act, illustrating exactly why matters like this shouldn’t be joked about in this day and age.
Mr Chambers has just been found guilty of sending a menacing message at Doncaster magistrates.
He was ordered to pay a fine of £385, plus £600 costs, leaving him a grand out of pocket.
Of course, as Paul points out himself on his Twitter page, he now has a criminal record, which will potentially make his career choices a lot more limited in the future.
Indeed, he lost his job at a car distribution firm over the incident, The Times reports.
On his Twitter account, Mr Chambers posted that he is “currently considering an appeal. Half of me just wants it to be over, the other half is indignant.”
Clearly it was a tasteless joke, but equally clearly, the response seems disproportionate to us.