The Internet does not hold back when it feels the need to shame any type of wrongdoing. That was clear after the West Yorkshire police used Twitter to flippantly humiliate a homeless couple who were fined for not having insurance on the car they were living in.
An officer from the Road Policing Unit used the department’s official Twitter account to post a photo, taken from a vehicle, of the man and woman dragging their belongings across the road. The tweet, which was quickly deleted, read: “Horbury Rd, Wakefield. Vehicle seized for no insurance yesterday. Driver living out of car #luggagewalkofshame.”
Another tweet was sent shortly after, which patronized a similar situation of a driver living out of his car. The hastag included ’#carinsurancenothomeinsurance,’ and was later deleted.
The outcry from the social media site was swift and furious, raging at the police for shaming the couple, rather than helping them.
@AdmW wrote: "I do hope you can put them in touch with organisations that