Strip search prank call scam
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The strip search prank call scam was a series of incidents occurring for roughly a decade before an arrest was made in 2004. These incidents involved a man calling a restaurant or grocery store, claiming to be a police detective, and convincing managers to conduct strip searches of female employees or perform other unusual acts on behalf of the police. The calls were usually placed to fast-food restaurants in small rural towns.
Over 70 such occurrences were reported in 30 U.S. states, until an incident in 2004 in Mount Washington, Kentucky, finally led to the arrest and charging of David Stewart, a 37‑year-old employee of Corrections Corporation of America. On October 31, 2006, he was acquitted of all charges in the case, though he is suspected of making other calls as well.
- Milgram experiment
- Stanford prison experiment, which was an experiment emphasizing how ordinary people can become sadistic and how easily victims become submissive.
- Voyeurism, a form of sexual fantasy, a variant of which was likely exercised by the caller.
- Interrogation scene and erotic humiliation, forms of sexual fantasy implied in the McDonald's legal defense of the Kentucky incident lawsuit