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Man Proves That Pointing Lasers at LAPD Helicopters is Still Neither Legal Nor Funny

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There are some conversations that most of us can't imagine having. Here is one of them. "Hey, you know what would be so funny? Pointing a laser at an LAPD helicopter. Wouldn't that be so funny, you guys? I'm DOING it. I'm fucking DOING it."

And yet, it appears that not one, not two, but many, many people in this city have some variation of that dialogue, and then proceed to act on their threats. And then get arrested. And still, do not set an example for others.

The Daily Breeze reports that a man in his 20s, whose name isn't being released, is one of the folks who allegedly did not learn from other people's mistakes. He was arrested this morning on charges of aiming a green laser light at a pilot flying over Glassell Park at 12:45 a.m. The light hit the pilot in the eyes, which can be blinding.

Along with the suspect, the Breeze notes that four or five people were seen entering the residence whence the light emanated. Officers later found both the suspect and the laser light.

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So here it is again: Residents of Los Angeles, do not point lasers at helicopters. If you feel the need to do something funny, go write a comedy sketch, like everybody else.