Busted: I Got Arrested Yesterday!


I spent all day yesterday (Friday) at the Wake County Detention Center in Cary, NC getting booked and charged with misdemeanor B&E. Image Credit: Cornerstone Detention

I have a lot more I want to tell you about this, but for now suffice it to say that I actually got arrested yesterday and spent the whole day in the Wake County (NC) Detention Center getting booked and charged with misdemeanor Breaking and Entering.

The charge is greatly exaggerated, really. Although I definitely did enter MetLife’s new Global Tech & Ops center in Cary, NC (where I used to work before the company fired me for being autistic), there was really no “breaking” involved. The company’s security system there is just so awful that all I had to do was politely “tail gate” my way in behind a couple of MetLife employees who chose blithely to ignore the company’s doomed and ridiculous “no tailgating” policy. There’s nothing at all unusual about the fact that these employees chose not to ask me to produce an ID badge. All MetLife employees at the Cary facility refuse to follow this policy. It’s a total joke of a rule, and in fact, the whole “no tailgating” approach to building security is a fine case study in bad behavioral economics just waiting for some clever innovator to come up with a good nudge to replace it.

[Note: If you actually do consistently follow your own company’s “no tailgating” policy, please let me know in a comment below.]

I have much more I want to tell you about this whole experience, and to show you too because I recorded every minute of what I actually did in the MetLife buildings on my GoPro Hero5 Black action camera. But for now I’ll leave you with this brief video in which Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison gives a nice virtual tour of the Wake County Detention Center where I spent yesterday. In particular, I definitely feel I personally witnessed the kind and compassionate characteristics of the detention officers working there, as Sheriff Harrison describes starting at minute 1:48:

“…It takes a unique person to be a detention officer because you’re dealing with people that’s made mistakes. Some of the people that they see they only see one time, they made a mistake and wound up coming to jail,…but then again there’s people that they see on a regular basis….it takes an officer that’s got to be professional, got to know the policy and procedure, do his job, do it professionally, do it humanely, and treat the person knowing that he is a human being….just like anybody else…..” Donnie Harrison, Sheriff, Wake County, NC (min 1:48)

Image Credit: (Daniel L. Scholten) Busted Newspaper


    1. First, thank you for asking that question. There’s a sense in which the whole purpose of this blog has become an attempt to answer it, and all that I’ve written so far is still just a partial answer. But I want to take your question seriously, so here I will tell you that I actually had multiple objectives, not the least of which is that I wanted to publicly demonstrate a non-violent alternative to the kind of tragedy that Adam Lanza perpetrated back in 2012, and which has been repeated numerous times since. Right now I have to guess that there are hundreds of deeply troubled people out there who will one day go on some deranged mass shooting spree like Lanza did. Although I personally would never be able to kill another human being like he did, I have to hope that at least some of these future murderers would be able to refrain from such senseless violence if they were aware of a truly sensible and utterly non-violent alternative. Of course, it remains to be seen whether my civilly disobedient misdemeanor will get any useful publicity, but even if it doesn’t, at least I tried.

      And as I said, I had multiple objectives, more or less fulfilled. If you would really like to understand what they are/were, I invite you to continue to read my blog.

      Again, thank you for asking your question, and have a great day! 🙂

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  1. Wait. What about the meeting? I can understand entering the building, especially if you just wanted to walk around and say “hello” to a few people. Make them remember you and your situation. By the fact that they called the cops (cue 🎶Bad Boys, Bad Boys…what ya gonna do🎶) on you, I’m guessing you got *someone’s* attention.
    But what about the meeting??

    Oh, and my company, where I used to work before “living the easy life of an invisible illness(fibromyalgia) and milking the government for SSDI payments” had security badges and we did NOT let people we didn’t know tailgate. The first floor was open to customers, the second floor (where I worked) was secure! We didn’t even let first floor people in, unless they were expected or had a valid reason. AND I.D. We didn’t play with security. No way!

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    1. Thanks for the security anecdote. Another person has given me a similar one. I’ve seen the tail gating rule elsewhere, however, so I know it’s not just a MetLife thing.

      And thanks for asking about the meeting with the mysterious Mr. Phicks. I’m actually working on a post that will address that very question. To be continued…🤣🤣🤣

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