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

The Climaxan

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Oct 27, 2017
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This is one of the most intense Era ratios I’ve ever witnessed lol.

It could be worse OP, you could’ve posted the email confirmation to your high level security clearance job interview.
 
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Poltergust

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Oct 25, 2017
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Orlando, FL
This is one of the most intense Era ratios I’ve ever witnessed lol.

It could be worse OP, you could’ve posted the email confirmation to your high level security clearance job interview.
It feels weird to be on the receiving end of this, I must admit. I’m such an inoffensive poster otherwise. I’ve probably gotten more quotes in this thread alone than in my entire time in ERA, and while I’m not super active, I’m not a lurker either.

But it’s fine, the thread gave me some good laughs.
 

Aphexian

Member
Oct 26, 2017
316
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?
You committed a social crime by putting your co-worker on blast like that in front of everyone. Like, don't do that if his bosses are there, they could use that and build a case to fire him for "issues with personal integrity"
 

night814

Member
Oct 29, 2017
7,110
Pennsylvania
Sheesh, you guys are making it sound like piracy was some foreign concept to me or something.

I’m just saying that talking about in front of the people who allow you to keep your job (especially considering what kind of company it is and where said higher-ups have worked previously) is probably playing with fire a bit.
Most employers could give two shits about what you do off the clock, so long as it doesn't affect them at all.
 

sfedai0

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Oct 27, 2017
1,452
OP, are you slightly socially awkward or just a really conservative straight laced person? Because what you did isnt really normal and posting a thread for confirmation of your unusual behavior isnt really normal either. ...
 

Depths

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Oct 25, 2017
1,091
Sounds like some weird anti-piracy commercial from the early 2000's.

"Dude! Did you just admit to a crime?!"

*Law & Order sound*

You probably looked worse in front of your co-workers than the pirater did.
 

T0M

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Aug 13, 2019
135
I wouldn't stress over it. Everyone in my family has those dumb Kodi sticks.

A lot of people pirate, but the majority don't because it's not convenient to do so. People are willing to pay a lot for added convenience.
 

nsilvias

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Oct 25, 2017
4,387
can't be mad, most people i know are super broke


lets be honest, most people in this thread pirate but will never admit it
 
Oct 31, 2017
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I used to be like OP.

Like, I would have insane trouble being discreet.

One time my brother and I went to a store

He noted that he saw someone he wanted to avoid

Anyways, I'm talking to him as we're walking around the store

I see him gesturing me to "shhh"

And instead of being quiet, I ask "OH, AM I TALKING TOO MUCH? OR IS THAT GUY YOU'RE AVOIDING NEAR US?"
 

TheIlliterati

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Oct 28, 2017
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I don't think it was this. I am pretty sure it was pre-Twitter. Maybe even pre-YouTube. A video from Something Awful maybe? I just remember it contained a guy angry over something ranting and saying, "congratulations, your house is about to get raided by the cops!" at some point in the video. It became a meme I think for the time.
"You done goofed! Because I backtraced you! You've been reported to the cyber police! Consequences will never be the same!"

Guy ended up being arrested for child abuse and the daughter got cyber bullied even more.
 

Rendering...

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Oct 30, 2017
9,513
I once tried to watch an illegal NBA stream. And now I'm snorting cocaine in a bathroom stall. Piracy, not even once.
One time I looked over the shoulder of someone who was watching a Youtube Red show on their phone. Next thing I know, I'm being shoved into a van and driven to a CIA black site, where I was forced to explain what kind of weirdo has absolutely no nudes on their iCloud photo stream. What a day!
 

Calvarok

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Oct 26, 2017
2,527
it's alright to think it isn't ok, but you should be more focused on the sites that distribute these things than people who might not have unlimited disposable income taking advantage of them. It's totally normal. Don't be a narc.
 

Rendering...

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Oct 30, 2017
9,513
People have been pirating stuff on the Internet and talking about it freely since the Internet was a thing. Warez channels on IRC, Napster, Kazaa etc etc.
Excuse me, but I only used Kazaa for backing up cars and small domesticated animals that I legally purchased.

Yes, I've bought lots of stuff over the years that "fell off the back of a van" and would routinely buy pirated dvds/PS2 games from a police officer back in the day.
Those days are gone now though, easier just to pay for the actual product.
Dude I hope you did the moral thing and reported that police officer's activities to that police officer.
 
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PatriotSaro

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Nov 8, 2019
41
My coworkers talk about pirating stuff all the time. Hell on Sundays half of us are streaming pirate streams of NFL games while working.