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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

Read More: http://abcnews.go.com/US/serial-hugger-tricks-wome...

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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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  • Fashionable60s 2012/07/12 05:02:11
    Creepy
    Fashionable60s
    +1
    I don't care how well intentioned the hugs, I don't like to touch or be touched,let alone hugged, by a stranger. In the case of serial hugger, this could be considered an assault if he tries to hug someone who does not like to be hugged. What's the difference between a serial hugger and a serial molester or groper?
  • Michelle Fashion... 2012/07/12 06:42:11
    Michelle
    The difference is that hugs can be platonic. Molestation and groping is decidedly not.
  • Fashion... Michelle 2012/07/12 12:47:32
    Fashionable60s
    +1
    There's nothing platonic about unwanted touching.
  • Tenness... Fashion... 2012/07/12 18:33:15
    Tennessee3501
    How do we know that the hugging is unwanted? Suppose it turns out to be Brad Pitt?
  • Fashion... Tenness... 2012/07/12 18:39:29
    Fashionable60s
    +1
    Get real, what are the odds that you would be hugged by Brad Pitt? I think you'll be hit by a lightning twice first before Brad could give you a hug. Further, why would he hug a stranger if he has Angelina Jolie and their six children to hug.
  • Tenness... Fashion... 2012/07/12 18:45:07
    Tennessee3501
    Do we have to put LOL next to everything? It was a joke! However, I would love to hug all of the women on the streets of Austin, Texas, until I found Sandra Bullock! Then I would not let go! LOL !
  • Fashion... Tenness... 2012/07/12 18:52:51
    Fashionable60s
    +1
    LOL, LOL
  • Tenness... Fashion... 2012/07/12 18:57:55
    Tennessee3501
    Do you really thinl its funny, or are you being sarcastic? My feelings are very delicate!
  • Seeker of Truth - War Wizard 2012/07/12 05:02:02
    Funny
    Seeker of Truth - War Wizard
    +2
    Torn between creepy and funny.. But at least he's not this guy...
  • Empress Seeker ... 2012/07/12 11:22:24
    Empress
    LMAO!
  • dragon88 Seeker ... 2012/07/12 19:27:06
    dragon88
    That's called white power.
  • Shipra 2012/07/12 05:00:32
    Funny
    Shipra
    Hugging is fine as long as its not groping
  • harasnicole 2012/07/12 04:50:11
    Funny
    harasnicole
    It's just a hug, people. Unless he's using the hugs to cop a feel, lighten up. Sometimes a hug can make someone's day, stranger or not. Granted, I'm sure this guy could have gone about it in a different way, but I don't see why it's worth getting so worked up over for.
  • freespire 2012/07/12 03:25:59
    Funny
    freespire
    +1
    sounds like to me this guy is looking for long lost affection not recieved by his mother as he grow up.

    I guess that is the problem with society to day not enough love in their hearts or lives to balance out ones inner child
  • MiMi 2012/07/12 03:24:08
    Funny
    MiMi
    Lmao!!!.
  • Pam 2012/07/12 02:59:37
    Creepy
    Pam
    +1
    Okay that is just creepy!!!!
  • Garciataria 2012/07/12 02:44:27 (edited)
    Funny
    Garciataria
    +1
    I'm a serial hugger. I love hugs from women. (just HUGS, nothing inappropriate!)

    And I'll only hug her if I know her, of course! Or if she offers.
  • kitkat42 2012/07/12 02:21:14
    Criminal
    kitkat42
    +1
    Just another pervert "copping a feel". Could this unwanted touching be considered assault?
  • being me 2012/07/12 02:18:43
    Funny
    being me
    That's hilarious;-D
  • Paige 2012/07/12 02:17:47
    Funny
    Paige
    Wtf haha
  • wandadear 2012/07/12 02:12:06
    Funny
    wandadear
    hes just wanna cop a feel lol
  • Noobcake 2012/07/12 02:09:30
    Funny
    Noobcake
    +1
    Not funny - a bit creepy, but mostly just sad.

    Also, I'd rather be lured into a hug under false pretences than raped!
  • Garciat... Noobcake 2012/07/12 02:46:46 (edited)
    Garciataria
    Hug me?
  • Noobcake Garciat... 2012/07/12 03:00:55
    Noobcake
    Lol um *administers virtual hug*
  • Ozymandias 2012/07/12 01:36:02
  • .: LiVi :. 2012/07/12 01:16:33
    Funny
    .: LiVi :.
    +1
    It's sad, he'd be better off just saying he's lonely and needs a hug, then he'd get sympathy hugs and everyone's happy
  • Garciat... .: LiVi :. 2012/07/12 02:46:33
    Garciataria
    +1
    ... that's kinda like me, sadly... a hug from a woman will always make my day.
  • .: LiVi :. Garciat... 2012/07/12 05:34:10
    .: LiVi :.
    *internet hug*
  • Crimson 2012/07/12 01:01:38
    Creepy
    Crimson
  • bman~AVA~BTTB 2012/07/12 00:48:22
    Creepy
    bman~AVA~BTTB
    I don't know what to say. It sounds like he's tricking women into hugging him but it doesn't sound like he's doing anything else here. I don't know that it would be criminal per say but it "is" just a little creepy.
  • aiko chibu 2012/07/12 00:29:00
    Creepy
    aiko chibu
  • Z-Wolf 2012/07/12 00:24:50 (edited)
    Funny
    Z-Wolf
    I like hugging people. As long as there isn't any groping, they should be happy someone wants to hug them.
  • Marlene Wilkins 2012/07/12 00:22:14
    Funny
    Marlene Wilkins
    bit creepy.
    BUT as we live in a world where you need a guard to keep from being 'upskirted' with a cellphone camera while shopping at walmart, this is pretty harmless.
  • Veritas 2012/07/12 00:05:05
    Creepy
    Veritas
    Criminal? No -- they don't HAVE to hug him. Creepy? Absolutely!
  • missraven56 2012/07/12 00:04:00
    Creepy
    missraven56
    +3
    It is a little weird... But it is just, he could be going on a killing spree... Or other things that is a lot worse than a hug.. I personally think i would rather have a stranger hug me and never talk to me again, than to do something else....
  • Brendakp 2012/07/11 23:57:12
    Creepy
    Brendakp
    +2
    NO ONE touches me without my permission, especially a total stranger. I don't think so!
  • La 2012/07/11 23:50:28
    Creepy
    La
    It's not actually criminal if he's not hurting them. For it to be criminal assault, they would need to be getting injured in some way. However he is committing the tort of battery, as everyone has the right to not be touched in any way other than the norm (eg tapping someone on the shoulder is acceptable). Strangers hugging you is a tort, so these women could all sue him if they wanted. Don't see why they'd bother though. Just don't hug him.
  • neitu.tepano 2012/07/11 23:50:21
    Creepy
    neitu.tepano
    hahaha just creepy,lol
  • ☠ Tħε ☣ Øиe ☠ 2012/07/11 23:46:21
    Funny
    ☠ Tħε ☣ Øиe ☠
    i can't believe everyone is making such a deal about a uy hugging people. lol. the medial will talk about anything these days. this proves it.
  • Alli 2012/07/11 23:43:12
    Funny
    Alli
    That's funny XD serial hugger. that's great

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