|Random pic of Occupy demonstrators. Hoff not pictured.|
One of the more "ballsy" things blogger John Hoff AKA Johnny Northside does is copy the monthly Hennepin County Jail Roster before it is removed from the county website and re-publishes the list on his own blog, The Adventures of Johnny Northside.
Since he began posting the jail rosters on his blog, several people whose names have appeared on the list have contacted Hoff, asking him to remove their name from the list. Hoff has publicly ridiculed many of those people and has even published the emails that were sent to him. His attitude about removing names has been "Too bad! You shouldn't have gotten arrested!"
All one has to do in order to get put on the original county jail roster is get arrested. It does not matter if charges are ever filed or dropped because, the jail roster is merely a list of people who were arrested. However, the mere fact that a person had been arrested has been enough for prospective employers to pass on hiring someone after they discovered the applicants name on the jail roster published on Hoff's blog.
Several months ago Hoff outdid himself by manipulating people on the list by announcing on his blog that he is willing to remove a person's name from the list (only what is published on HIS site) for... A FEE! In fact, here is what Hoff said on his blog when he announced his plan...(Click HERE to read post on his blog)
I am going to offer to remove names from my republication of jailhouse rosters. I will do this for a mere $250. For that amount, I will go into a roster (or up to three rosters, but no more than three) and I will replace a name, address, date, etc. with a row of XXXXXXXXXXXX.Some might reason that perhaps Hoff was really just saying that in order to piss some people off. You never know because, if someone was to get mad enough and sue him over it, he would be beside himself with joy, knowing what kind of publicity he would get from something like that.
In this case however, he was not just saying that. Hoff really meant it. The proof that he really meant it comes from Hoff himself and what he wrote on his blog about it. (Click HERE to see the entire post on his blog)
Recently somebody accepted this offer and beamed money to my PayPal account, a couple hundred bucks. Just to have their name and address removed from one of the jailhouse rosters. Just so an employer would have to dig a LITTLE harder if they wanted to find out about that old arrest, which never even resulted in charges...Incredible.Looking at that glimmering, glowing new deposit of electronic mulooh, I couldn't help but think, "Geez, that's more money than I make from 6 months of Google ads. I might just be onto something, here!"It has come to the point with me that I feel like I need to take a shower every time I finish reading something Hoff has written. It makes me wonder though, 'On what day did the Lord create John Hoff? And couldn't He have rested on THAT day?' (semi sarcasm intended)
All of that Hoff history lesson being said, makes it that much more hypocritical of him because of the following information that was found online.
According to the Seattle Times from August 23, 1994, John Hoff was arrested in Seattle's University District for none other than SITTING ON A SIDEWALK! Normally that kind of activity would be looked upon as petty and not worthy of talking about. However, Hoff did it intentionally because, he thought it was a dumb law and wanted to test it in court (sound familiar?).
Here is the link to the story published by the Seattle Times. CLICK HERE
Here is what the Seattle Times reported:
Seattle Municipal Court Judge Michael Hurtado yesterday allowed the city to begin its case against John Hoff, who provided opponents with a test case last month when he was arrested after sitting on a University District sidewalk.A few years ago, in a phone conversation between Hoff and I, we were talking about this very blog The MisAdventures of Johnny Northside. Hoff does not like the fact that I maintain a blog that is dedicated to gathering public information about him that portrays him in a negative light and he suggested that I "Just delete the damn thing." Obviously I passed on his suggestion to delete this blog but, after reading how Hoff has manipulated others who have asked to be removed from his blog, maybe he will contact me and offer to pay me to remove his name from my blog.
It is an amusing and ironic thought but, unlike John Hoff... I can't be bribed or bought.