Los Angeles residents driving near the University of Southern California Thursday may have been a bit confused by an electronic traffic sign they passed.The "message" flashing at drivers was tweeted by a USC student:
— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrant_) April 11, 2013
John Thomas, chief of USC's Department of Public Safety, told the Los Angeles Times the sign "was a single electronic traffic sign belonging to our department and is used by us and LAPD Southwest to put out generic crime prevention tips."
It's doubtful that the LAPD appreciated the prank, but some USC students certainly did. They took to Twitter and Instagram to laugh with -- and even offer a drink to -- the hacker behind the message.
Whoever hacked into LAPD's system and did this..please let me buy you a drink. Or seven. @ USC… instagram.com/p/X-GEbdN5h1/
— Paige Graham (@PaigeGraham2) April 11, 2013