Salvadorean Gangsters Hide Cellphones in Bowels

By: Trend Spotter - Sep 9, 2006   Updated: Jun 9 2011
References: today.reuters &
Four gangsters in an El Salvador smuggled cellphones and chargers into prison to coordinate criminal activities. Roman Arevalo, the director of the prison, said they shoved the phones "far enough [into their bowals] to reach their intestines." Nice. More interesting is that Boing Boing held a comptition to see who could identify the phone from the x-ray. It's a VK530.

Implications - Boing Boing did an excellent job at taking a potentially disturbing case of criminal activity and exploiting the publicity power of the event. Companies must consider the various angles of a situation and harness any potential therein to their advantage. Various products and designs can be found in the most disturbing circumstances and should be fully explored.