Student Robs 2 RuneScape Players Of Their Gold. At Gunpoint.
Hoookay. Here’s a most excellent WTF to cap your day. You know how annoying those Diablo 3 gold thieves have been? If your gold has been stolen, be thankful it was via a gold old fashioned hack, because not all dirty rotten thieves are so polite. Take Humza Bajwa for example. He’s a Fordham University student and avid RuneScape player who just happens to have a nasty case of gold fever. HE HAD TO HAVE IT, so he did what anyone with a desperate need for virtual, and worthless, currency would do; he offered to buy it from other players.
Enter fellow Fordham students David Emani and Jonathan Dokler. They just happened to have a quantity of the RuneScape gold and they were willing to sell it to Bajwa. Alas, Bajwa is something of a budding criminal supergenius, minus the genius part. Lacking the actual real world money Emani and Dokler were requesting – They wanted $3,300 USD in exchange for 5 billion RuneScape coins; No, seriously – so he tried passing off some clumsy forged bills instead. Emani and Dokler weren’t fooled however, and when they called Bajwa out for the crude attempt, he did the right thing, and pulled a gun on them.
Emani told The Post that he met Bajwa in the school library on July 11 — and had a feeling something was wrong. “He was transferring money from one envelope to another envelope, and I got a glimpse of it and it looked fake,” Emani said. “I was on the phone with John, and I said, ‘Don’t do it. It looks fake.’”
But Dokler wanted to continue with the transaction, even after Bajwa suddenly said he had to leave and asked to meet again the next night. Emani said he came prepared for the second meeting, in a classroom, with a real $100 bill to compare with Bajwa’s money. “I took it out and said, ‘The money you have is fake,’ ” said Emani. That’s when Bajwa went from white knight to fire-breathing dragon — pointing a realistic-looking BB gun at Emani, the complaint says.
Emani wasn’t shot of course. He called Dokler, who transferred the gold to Bajwa. Amazingly, Bajwa didn’t graduate to grand theft real world, opting not to rob Emani of his real world items despite having just risked a prison sentence over fake money. Chump. Also chumplike? He clearly didn’t know anything about how the modern world works:
After checking surveillance video and talking to the victims, cops busted Bajwa, a resident of Acton, Mass., on July 24. He was hit with charges including second-degree robbery and grand larceny and posted $20,000 bail. If convicted, he faces 15 years in jail.
Oops. And the moral of the story is, if you’re going to risk a 15 year bid, try subtlety, and also, shoot for real world objects. Something tells me you can’t trade RuneScape gold for cigarettes.