Here at Schmuck of the Week HQ, we know schmuckiness when we see it, even when deciding who should receive the honor isn't easy -- and that's definitely the case with this week's tale. The most deserving person appears to be Fort Collins' Kenneth Vetter, who was busted for a parole violation under strange circumstances. But an honorable mention goes to Nissa DiPalma, a fellow FC resident whose Facebook page seems to have played an odd role in the incident -- and led to her receiving a citation, as well.
DiPalma's Facebook page certainly sports portraits aplenty, including this one....
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...and this one.... ...plus this fractured portrait.... ...and the full-size version of the flirty shot cropped above: So far, so typical. But a release from the Wyoming State Patrol suggests that the page proved key to DiPalma and Vetter learning that law enforcers know how to use Facebook, too.
At 6:38 a.m. on August 29, according to the WSP release, troopers were dispatched to mile post 232 on Interstate 25, approximately forty miles north of Casper, owing to a report of a man jumping into traffic. Upon their arrival, they found a man and a woman who said they'd run out of gas -- but when they were asked their names, they allegedly gave conflicting information. For one thing, Vetter identified himself by another name: Joe Wolfe.
The troopers apparently had less difficulty figuring out who DiPalma was -- and their conversation led to a phone call involving what's described as a "third party." After chatting with that person, the troopers wound up on Facebook -- and something they saw there prompted a call to the Larimer County jail, whose personnel provided them with a photo of Vetter. We're betting it was this one, as found on the website MugShotPlanet.com: Turns out Vetter was wanted on multiple warrants involving fraud, drugs and escape. He was promptly taken into custody. Meanwhile, DiPalma earned a citation for interference, since the troopers say she gave them false information -- presumably by not telling them Wolfe was actually Vetter.
Can you guess where the state patrol shared this story? Yep: Facebook. Social media strikes again.