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Alleged thieves shoot selves in foot with Instagram burger pic

In merely the latest episode of the nefarious having to boast of their bad deeds on a social network, four alleged California thieves pose with $120 worth of Carl's Jr. burgers that were paid for with a stolen credit card.

That is a lot of food.
Fox40 Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You know the drill.

People are accused of doing something not quite legal, and the authorities catch up with them through a social network.

You know the thrill.

Whenever you've done something vaguely exciting like trimming your fingernails or buying a lot of burgers, you just have to let someone know. Actually, these days you just have to let everyone know.

And so it came to pass that four young men in California stand accused of breaking into a car, stealing a credit card (among other things), and then eating at Carl's Jr.

The last might not seem like a crime. However, the accusation is that they bought $120 worth of burgers with a credit card that wasn't theirs.

"They came through and they said they would pay for the person behind them," Katelyn Hubick told Fox 40.

Hubick is a Carl's Jr. shift leader. She found it shifty that these gentlemen ordered $120 worth of burgers. Have you ever seen the size of a Carl's Jr. burger?

Hubick explained what happened next to The Sacramento Bee: "I was the one who wrote down the license plate, because I thought it was weird. We never see orders that big, never. And the fact that they would pay for the person behind them, and didn't know how much that order was, I told (the trainee), 'This is weird.'"

Given that this is a story about Instagram, let's pause to consider what Hubick did after she photographed their license plate. She took a picture of the gentlemen's receipt, because, you know, it was the biggest she'd ever seen.

And when you've seen something that the biggest you've ever seen, you have to post it to Instagram. You may need to swallow hard about now.

One of her friends saw this picture and replied that they had been following -- in the Instagram sense -- a certain someone who'd just posted a picture of $120 worth of Carl's Jr. burgers to Instagram. Such a modern coincidence.

The poster was, allegedly, the youngest of the four men, who is now being charged as a juvenile. You see, once 120 and 120 were put together, an identification was made, a license plate was noted, and four men were arrested.

Tavion Spignor, 19, Leroy Jackson, 27, and Malek Morgan, 20 were arrested on suspicion of auto burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, and unauthorized use of personal ID.

The juvenile, aged 17, was arrested on the same charges and on suspicion of very silly Instagram posting. (Yes, yes, the last one is merely a charge that should have been brought.)

"Sometimes, technology acts in our favor, sometimes it doesn't. This time it did," Sgt. Scott Horrillo told the Bee.

And sometimes people do order $120 worth of burgers. They're called a starting lineup of the soccer team.