Today's award goes to the idiot(s) who thought up this product.
The San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff's Association posted the photo Monday of a cell phone case very much resembling a gun in someone's back pocket.
"Although a novelty, it will create unwanted scrutiny from law enforcement or whoever uses it," authorities said.
"Regular citizens will see it and call 911, and then law enforcement will respond accordingly for a subject with a gun call," authorities added.
Officials went on to say "someone could potentially get shot depending on their actions when LEOs (law enforcement officers) respond."
There's more at the link, including a picture of it in someone's back pocket. It does look exactly like a gun - there's no sign of a cellphone at all, to a casual glance.
Who would be dumb enough to think of a design like this? I can tell you right now that almost every cop of my acquaintance (and I've worked with a lot of them) would be ready for trouble as soon as he saw it. He might not draw his gun at first, but if he saw you pull that out of your pocket with no visible reason to do so - before he noticed the cellphone attached to it - he might not wait to ask you politely what you were doing. Action beats reaction, and he's not going to wait until someone aims what looks just like a gun at him.
Nor is the danger limited to this country. Imagine how it would go down in, say, a European city that's had nasty experiences with fundamentalist terrorists. They can be trigger-happy over there. In Britain, for example, just ask Harry Stanley or Jean Charles de Menezes - although you'll need a seance to do so, because they were shot dead by police who thought (wrongly) that they posed a threat. Would you like your name to be remembered along with theirs? Carrying that cellphone case in England might do it.
Don't buy this cellphone case. If someone gives it to you, don't use it - and don't return it for a refund, either, because someone else might buy it and become a victim. Destroy it, and throw away the remains. That's the only safe thing to do with it.