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'Serial Hugger' Tricks Women Into Giving Him Birthday Hugs: Criminal or Just Creepy?

Chris D 2012/07/11 17:00:00
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Women in St. Louis, MO have been complaining about a man pretending to know them and giving them hugs. This is really at the low end of "bad behavior," but area women have been reporting him as "Jack the Gripper" to local police. I don't think anyone will argue that the serial hugger is engaging in bad behavior, but does it constitute a crime?

ABCNEWS.GO.COM reports:
Jack the Gripper? John Wayne Embracey? Those were two names suggested by the St. Louis weekly Riverfront Times for an unidentified man accused of tricking dozens of women into giving him hugs in grocery stores. The serial hugger is still on the loose as St. Louis County prosecutors review reports of his unwanted advances submitted by police in at least two nearby suburbs.
louis county prosecutors review reports advances submitted police nearby suburbs

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  • k fleming 2012/07/11 19:03:25 (edited)
    Funny
    k fleming
    +10
    Funny and creepy and a little sad.

    I'm sure the guy hasn't been able to get dates and just kinda lost it a little.
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  • jeremyperryfranz 2012/08/09 16:30:47
    Creepy
    jeremyperryfranz
    A creepy guy no, but maybe with these two creepy guy
  • Tallulah 2012/07/21 01:11:59
    Funny
    Tallulah
    I wouldn't care if somebody just came up to me and gave me a hug.
  • malikasecrets 2012/07/18 19:21:41
    Creepy
    malikasecrets
    In the US, it is a free country, but freedom ends where another 's body begins. It is not OK to touch with out another person's permission, first.
  • 001 2012/07/15 16:18:58
    Funny
    001
    It's both creepy and funny at the same time.
  • Farbiger 2012/07/12 21:49:16
    Funny
    Farbiger
  • Delete 2012/07/12 21:24:58
  • mishka1220 2012/07/12 20:42:18
    Funny
    mishka1220
    A little creepy but primarily funny!!!!
  • Lyana 2012/07/12 20:34:55
    Funny
    Lyana
    If hugging is all he wants and all will ever do, then I say he's the least you should worry about compared to those that do more than just hugging. o_O
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2012/07/12 20:18:00
    Funny
    The Impossible Girl ✿
    +1
    Meh, hugs are hugs. You have the right to say no.
  • kobidobidog 2012/07/12 19:57:44
    Funny
    kobidobidog
    +1
    It is sweet. Humans don't touch enough. This sounds like a thing coming from a furry mind getting humans to relax. Can you imagine humans worldwide spontaneously holding their arms in a will you hug me pose asking for a hug from whoever. That would bring us together.
  • dragon88 2012/07/12 19:42:29 (edited)
    Funny
    dragon88
    Could it be that he's doing that because he knows about this?
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  • Shawna 2012/07/12 19:29:51
    Funny
    Shawna
    +1
    I do not mind being hugged by a stranger so long as he does not have an extra firm salami in his pocket and he is not secretly lifting my wallet.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/07/12 18:31:10
    Funny
    Tennessee3501
    +1
    It sounds like a great idea as long as the hugs do not last too long. I think this guy could make a fortune if he gave lessons to the rest of us!
  • George Zook 2012/07/12 16:12:34
    Funny
    George Zook
    no crime here ... tricking isn't the same as forcing ...were the women really upset? ... maybe it is his birthday and he is just unstuck in time
  • FatherLiberty 2012/07/12 15:59:22
    Funny
    FatherLiberty
    Its funny and a little creepy and sad. But really, how do you "trick" someone in to giving you a hug? If I didnt want to hug someone they wouldnt get a hug out of me.
  • S123 FatherL... 2012/07/12 18:30:52
    S123
    It sounds like he tricked them into thinking they know each other "Hi, how are you? We haven't seen each other for so long!"
  • FatherL... S123 2012/07/12 18:52:23
    FatherLiberty
    So these women are incredibly stupid then. I dont consider that tricking someone into a hug. Someone can walk up to be and act like they know me, but if I dont recognize them I am not going to pay them any attention. And if they tried touching me, I'd probably push them away. If she women hugged him that was their choice, no matter what he said to them. If he ran up and grabbed them, thats a whole other story, but thats no what appears to have happened.
  • right-choice 2012/07/12 14:44:45
    Funny
    right-choice
    Sounds odd, but sometimes people even if you don't know them need a hug, even if the guy donn't know it at the time. Then again he is gaining a hug (not forceing it from them), almost like holding misletoe over someone head on New Years to get a kiss.
  • Big Battles 2012/07/12 14:15:44
    Funny
    Big Battles
    Creepy yes
    but funny that people react to it like its a crime against nature

    he was probably one of those mental kids who would run up to random people and hug em

    you know what I mean ;)
  • ALofRI 2012/07/12 13:22:04
    Funny
    ALofRI
    HEY!, That's MY line!
  • sodabox 2012/07/12 13:20:21
    Funny
    sodabox
    +1
    Wish I had thought of that before I got married... XD

    married xd
  • Jensenmk 2012/07/12 12:57:34
    Creepy
    Jensenmk
    +1
    Sounds like a sexual predator in the making.
  • tori 2012/07/12 12:19:24
    Funny
    tori
    +2
    He's lonely! He just needs a hug. No one reported that he felt them up as he hugged them...
  • Gaven Small 2012/07/12 11:59:59
    Funny
    Gaven Small
    +1
    if you give him a hug its your own damn fault.
  • Leena 2012/07/12 11:51:07
    Funny
    Leena
    I think that people today don't have enough contact with others. as far as I can tell with the information presented, theres no groping, no ass gripping, nothing like that. Its just a hug. Maybe a hug between two strangers, but what does that matter?
  • Empress 2012/07/12 11:39:29
    Creepy
    Empress
  • Sintwa 2012/07/12 10:37:00
    Funny
    Sintwa
    Unfortunatly I'm not in America to have this happen, but if he comes to the UK I'm happy to get a free hug :p
  • MissJo 2012/07/12 10:25:20
    Creepy
    MissJo
    But, if he has consent from the ladies I guess there isn't too much harm. Maybe he just really likes hugs?

    He should go around with a free hugs sign, he'd probably get more then...
  • DANNY59 2012/07/12 09:56:00
    Funny
    DANNY59
    +1
    Hugging is a great way to connect to another persons energy. I don't agree with lying to get a hug or anything else for that matter. If we all hugged instead of hate, this world would be a much happier place to live.
  • dale.wheatley2 2012/07/12 09:17:30
    Criminal
    dale.wheatley2
    +1
    thata harrassment
  • right-c... dale.wh... 2012/07/12 14:40:46
    right-choice
    wrong, He did not force it on them, (tricked maybe) In the end it was there choice for the Hug.
  • whateverbabynevermind 2012/07/12 08:04:08
    Funny
    whateverbabynevermind
    How can you "trick" someone into giving you a hug? If you let him hug you then he isn't doing anything wrong, if you try to make him stop and he hugs you anyway that's assault and he can be arrested!
  • I~Fell~Down~A~Rabbithole 2012/07/12 08:01:11
    Funny
    I~Fell~Down~A~Rabbithole
    +1
    Someone just isn't hugged enough. But instead of creeping people out, stand on the sidewalk with a free-hugs sign! :)
  • ♡Short Sparkley Ginger♡ 2012/07/12 07:10:27
    Creepy
    ♡Short Sparkley Ginger♡
    But they did allow him to in the first place?
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2012/07/12 07:06:00
    Creepy
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    I highly doubt he forces them to embrace him in a hug...I think it would only be criminal if he like...sexually harassed them as he hugged them or something.
  • strange_armour 2012/07/12 06:39:56
    Creepy
    strange_armour
    +1
    Blokes who like to hug all the time are so bloody foppish. I often want to shove them into fast-moving traffic.
  • Michelle 2012/07/12 06:38:11
    Funny
    Michelle
    +2
    If it's a running prank done for jokes, it's hilarious. If not... really creepy.



  • Ƹyeless LillyAnn 2012/07/12 06:23:50
    Funny
    Ƹyeless LillyAnn
    idk wat to say it not true for a hug i think its funny R)
  • Gene_In_Kabul 2012/07/12 06:11:12
    Funny
    Gene_In_Kabul
    +1
    I answered funny...but it all depends upon the intent. Is he just pranking, or is he getting some sexual sexual satisfaction? Because he needs to pay them for that.
  • Vitalani 2012/07/12 06:03:08
    Funny
    Vitalani
    +1
    I think it's kind of cute...IF he genuinely JUST enjoys hugging, in a non-sexual manner.
    These women didn't HAVE to hug him, it's their fault they were to stupid to fall for it.

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