Prank Leads to Truly Terrible Advice (And Jail Time) in TX

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They say that everything's bigger in Texas. If this flashing road sign is any indication, that goes for pranks, too.

Drive Crazy Y'all

Rather than the usual reminders not to litter or warnings about traffic problems on the highway ahead, one sign in Leander, Texas flashed a strange message to motorists: "Drive Crazy Y'all." Even with the southern accent, it's really bad advice.

The Hacker

The person behind the prank, a 26-year-old named Geoffrey Eltgroth, isn't exactly a supreme hacker who messes around with electronics all the time. He just happened to get lucky by guessing the username and password to change the message on the sign. He was out walking his dog when he got the idea for the prank, and decided to see if he could pull it off. Turns out, he could.

Not-So-Perfect Crime

His plan was flawed, however. A witness saw Eltgroth typing the message. He was later apprehended at a nearby gas station, where he confessed to police officers. His intention for changing the sign was not malicious. Eltgroth explained to police that he did it because he thought it would be funny. He is currently in custody at the Williamson County Jail for charges of tampering with transportation communications equipment and criminal mischief. The criminal mischief charge could lead to a felony conviction if Eltgroth is convicted of causing damage between $1,500 and $20,000. 

Funny or Fail?

So do you think it's a funny prank or a dangerous deed? Share this story, and share your opinion to let us know what you think! 



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