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Man Steals Computer From Church, Asks If They'll Remove Porn Block


Stealing computers is bad—everybody already knows that. And stealing from a church (or any non-profit institution for that matter) is extra bad. But if you must steal a computer from a church—especially one you're a member of—don't call up the software blocking company and ask if they'll remove the porn filter. As Troy Ridling of Owasso, Oklahoma found out the hard way, you're not going to like the answer.

It all started about two and a half weeks ago when an employee at the Owasso First Assembly of God noticed that one of the computers had gone missing and alerted the police. What's more, he knew the perpetrator had to be a church member; there were no signs of a break-in and nothing else had been touched. But without any other leads, the police were effectively stuck.


That changed a few weeks later when that very same employee got a call from the portentously named Covenant Eyes, which had been hired by the church to banish smut from every harddrive within its hallowed halls. According to the company, someone had been attempting to look up porn on a church computer.


Apparently, once Ridling had settled in to his ill-gotten GBs, he was dismayed to discover that his new rig had a puritanical streak. All prayer and no porn makes Ridling, well, pretty pissed, apparently, so he called Covenant Eyes and asked them to take down the monitoring software. Covenant Eyes, of course, denied his request, at which point they called the church and let the police track down the offending soul.


As soon as the cops got Ridling in custody, he tried to deny that he'd stolen the computer, which was a difficult story to uphold considering it had been discovered at his home immediately after questioning. Ridling eventually confessed and found himself in Tulsa County Jail. Hopefully, the computers there are a little more accommodating.

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:rofl: You can't fix stupid.

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I was watching the news when the story appeared. The story itself is funny enough. It was made even better by the perpetrators revelation. I'm still laughing my butt off because I went to school with him. It doesn't shock me at all. I'm pretty sure that back in high school he got in trouble for trying to look at porn in the school library.

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I just found this article. There is more information regarding the incident. I also noticed CNET and MSN has picked up on it. I'm curious to see if it anyone else will or if it has run it's course.

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I guess better from the church then my house, having been the victim of theft, to a major degree, all I can say is id love nothing more then to stumble upon someone ripping me off again, this time im ready!

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