4chan’s ruthless troll cesspool Anonymous has a reputation of being a group you don’t want to mess with if you enjoy things like privacy, working Internet access and a lack of death threats.
The online army has hacked Sarah Palin, bullied 11-year-old girls, dismantled Apple’s stock and launched semi-successful DDOS attacks on everyone from Gawker to white-nationalist blogger Hal Turner. It attacked MasterCard and Visa in defense of Wikileaks. It also got some guy to have sex with a human skull, which you are welcome to Google.
Its most recent victory? An identity hunt for a Burger King employee who posted pictures of someone stomping on the store’s open container of lettuce (above). The original poster didn’t bother stripping the embedded GPS data from his pictures (something imgur.com does automatically), and the pissed-off /b/ quickly found the fast-food joint’s address (in Mayfield Heights, near Cleveland) and (supposedly) contacted the branch manager and local news.
Here’s the whole process — it only took about 15 minutes. Click for big.
So: Does he still have a job? Did people eat the shoe lettuce? Who is the Burger Jester?
We’ll keep you posted if/when the story gets picked up in local news. Here’s Burger King’s official statement, sent to Fox8 Cleveland:
We are aware of the photo that was allegedly posted by an employee at a BURGER KING® restaurant in Ohio and are taking the issue very seriously. Food safety is a top priority for BURGER KING® restaurants and the company has strict policies regarding its food handling procedures. We are investigating the matter and will take appropriate action as necessary.