The moral of the story is be careful.
To poke a little fun at this thread and Smokey the bear: only you can stop people from tattling on you.
A few things you can do are
-Stay off social media
-If you do share images online, review them for legality. Remember everything that’s captured in an image has a story. From the objects in the background to the meta data.
This is the world we live in. Know your audience. Be aware of your surroundings. We live in a time where everyone has a cell phone/camera. Odds are extremely higher than they used to be you’re living next door to a pro police state individual or family. Never know when you’re next on a sting list. The guy in the article lived in a radical state and he fucked around and found out.
Ultimately this was a failure on the voters who think laws that extreme do anything helpful. It was a failure on law enforcement for actually following up. Some things should never be enforced even if a government tells us to.
The other lesson here is there's one in every crowd who'll turn you in on the drop of a dime if you're not toeing the government line 100%, even if the law is unjust, and he'll feel proud of himself for doing so.