Hands off my Habbo


Preface: Roger Waters—

And when they found our shadows
Grouped ’round the TV sets,
They ran down every lead,
They repeated every test.
They checked out all the data on their lists,
And then, the alien anthropologists
Admitted they were still perplexed.
But on eliminating every other reason
For our sad demise,
They logged the only explanation left:
This species has amused itself to death.

And now for something completely different. Or … not. The BBC notes:

A Dutch teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing virtual furniture from “rooms” in Habbo Hotel, a 3D social networking website.

The 17-year-old is accused of stealing 4,000 euros (£2,840) worth of virtual furniture, bought with real money.

Five 15-year-olds have also been questioned by police, who were contacted by the website’s owners.

The six teenagers are suspected of moving the stolen furniture into their own Habbo rooms ….

…. Habbo users can create their own characters, decorate their own rooms and play a number of games, paying with Habbo Credits, which they have to buy with real cash.

“It is a theft because the furniture is paid for with real money. But the only way to be a thief in Habbo is to get people’s usernames and passwords and then log in and take the furniture.”

Um … right.

Habbo Hotel sees six million players a month across through thirty countries. I admit I’m at a loss for a punch line.

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