Going viral – #flashfiction

My contribution to Friday Fictioneers’ 100 word story – thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting.


Douglas M Macilroy

Some wore balaclavas, others Halloween masks or nylon stockings. He chose a diving helmet. It wasn’t the most practical thing. He got stuck in windows. It was heavy, making climbing walls a challenge and it obscured his vision.

“Why,” asked the policeman who caught him breaking in.

“Cos, nobody else has done it before. I might get famous.”

The cop laughed. “Well, if that’s what you want, I’ll take a picture and post it on Facebook.”

The post went viral, worldwide. The judge, however, didn’t care for such things.

Two years incarceration with no internet. He didn’t see that coming.



  1. Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame! 🙂


    1. Even more these days with social media!


  2. Not sure if I’d want to become famous in the “Stupid Criminals” category of news. LOL… funny story. Well done.


    1. Thank you, it’s amazing how dumb some criminals are, probably why they get caught.

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  3. Who went to jail? The cop or the thief or both? I’m guessing judges frown on cops posting arrests on FB.

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    1. Probably both – I’ll leave it to you to decide who is more worthy of prison 🙂 thanks for commenting.

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  4. Love it. Greta reflection of life as it is nowadays.
    (No internet? Some sort of hanging judge?)


  5. He’ll go down in history as well as just ‘going down’ I think. Nice one.


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