Emojis were created to bring joy and laughter into everyone’s life – not to mention a way for us to say things because we’re way too lazy to actually type words to convey emotion.
But it was only a matter of time before people started using these fun-loving emojis to threaten people’s lives. Yes, this emoji threats are an actual thing. It may be seen as a tad bit absurd, but if you text someone “I’m going to kill you” with the knife emoji, they may not take it the right way. Apparently, two guys in South Carolina are masters at emoji threats because they were recently faced with stalking charges after they sent threatening emoticons to another man. And these aren’t teenage boys or guys in college. They are grown-ass, 29 year old men.
David Fuentes and Matthew Cowan sent the finger gun, an ambulance, and a fist emoji to an unnamed man on Facebook. Now, this could mean a lot of things. It could mean, “Hey buddy! Let’s go around to ambulance drivers and give them fist bumps for all their hard work.” Unfortunately, it’s not that friendly. Fuentes and Cowan had problems with the unnamed man before. He said that the two once tried to assault him at his house. Considering their history, the emojis they sent have a more foreboding translation of “I’m going to shoot you with my finger gun and if that doesn’t work, I’m going to punch you and send you away in an ambulance.” Or something like that.
The two men can face up to five years in prison for these emoji threats. Think about that next time you decide to send someone that poop emoji and the two dancing girls. Either way, these guys just ruined emojis for everyone.