Um, is it normal for someone to casually admit to pirating stuff?

Poltergust

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Oct 25, 2017
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I was at a work meeting about 50 minutes ago, and during the lead up into it we were all talking about how our Thanksgiving break went. We talked about traveling and activities, and I brought up how I basically spent the entire break playing DQXI on the Switch.

Then, one of my co-workers said “Oh, that game? Yeah, I pirated it last year, but it was so buggy that I didn’t get far.”

And I was so flabbergasted. I literally said out loud “Dude, did you just admit to a crime?” This was at work, with everyone in the room clearly hearing him, including his superiors.

And he then just brushed it off like it was no big deal. I simply couldn’t believe how brazen that was.

I could understand opening up about this sort of stuff among friends, but at work? Honestly, I doubt he’d be reprimanded in any way, but good lord.

I’m not overreacting here, am I?
 

The Albatross

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Oct 25, 2017
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It doesn't normally come up in conversation anymore, but yeah, I think it's pretty normal. I still have a few friends who refuse to pay for anything, use newsgroups or w/e to download everything, even though they're well within financial means to spend $9/mo on Netflix or something.

also please someone "YOU WOULDN'T DOWNLOAD A CAR" image
 

Three 6 Mafia

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Oct 27, 2017
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You a cop, OP?

in all seriousness, yeah you overreacted a bit. people do pirate and people do still talk about it very very casually. Especially pirating TV
 

BlackGoku03

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Oct 25, 2017
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Yes, you are over reacting a bit.

I know people who openly admit torrenting or (in most cases) using a hacked/jailbroken firestick. Or buying bootleg DVDs from certain gas stations and the like.
 

Platy

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I live in brazil.
This weekeend I was in a barbecue and one of the main topics was how cute was baby yoda and how people were loving The Mandalorian

It will take almost a year for Disney+ to be released in Brazil.
 

Deception

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"... yeah i'll just watch it on my Firestick" this basically amounts to the same thing and I don't even think twice about it.
 
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Dest

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C'mon. You better not show me ur .mp3 player. I doubt there's anyone clean of not illegally downloading something
 

NinjaScooter

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Oct 25, 2017
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Like practically everybody I know uses those KODI Firesticks, even openly sells them on the internet or in public. Growing up we had a black box to watch all the wrestling and boxing PPVS for free. Yes, its normal. People view it as a victimless crime.
 
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I like to think of torrents as a public library. Where we all distribute items within a community and by not sharing/seeding your late fee penalty is lowered speeds.
 

Bigkrev

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Is the OP a cop?
Did you ever talk to someone about music from, say, 2000-2011ish (the start of Spotify in America)?
 

Zoe

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I mean, one time I was at Target and one of the stockers started telling a soccer mom about these DS carts she could buy instead with "all the games".
 
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Poltergust

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Just to clarify, my reaction is less about the whole pirating thing and more to do with the setting he said it in.

I mean, would you say that sort of thing within earshot of your boss?
 

Cookie

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Oct 26, 2017
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Fucking criminals openly confessing to their heinous crimes while at work. The god damn balls on him
 

SJRB

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Oct 28, 2017
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Please tell me you said "you wouldn't download a car??" to your coworker.
 

Zemst

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Oct 27, 2017
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I know the we’re on a website with the restrictions about the topic you mention but I promise you 99% of folks don’t react the way you do. I know most people with a fire stick got it for one purpose only, I would tell you but I don’t want you having a heart attack.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I was at a work meeting about 50 minutes ago, and during the lead up into it we were all talking about how our Thanksgiving break went. We talked about traveling and activities, and I brought up how I basically spent the entire break playing DQXI on the Switch.

Then, one of my co-workers said “Oh, that game? Yeah, I pirated it last year, but it was so buggy that I didn’t get fa--