Last October, Kat posted a short ad on Craigslist: "Hi I am new in town and looking for people to hang out with. But the man doesn't have a car, so he heads there on foot, walking into Mc Donald's with a damp head of hair.:)" She soon received an email from a man in his mid-thirties, and they started messaging back and forth. The place is packed with young families and chattering teenagers.While Payne preferred to work on his own, others liked the idea of teaming up to fight evil on the streets, Justice League-style.
Exposés have quickly morphed into bullying, harassment, and torch-wielding mob justice, fueling a backlash from Canadian media and law enforcement.He asked for a photo, according to Kat, so she sent him a selfie: a hazy black-and-white shot of Kat smiling at the camera, hair swept to the side, bangs framing her kohl-lined eyes. " From then on, Kat's age became a term of endearment for the man, who said he was thirty-five. "You are 110 percent very special and it gives me melts of joy to see u sooo happy."The man grew increasingly eager to meet up, proposing they'd go "someplace elegant" for coffee and dessert, according to Kat's messages. Two men huddle in the middle of the restaurant: Brendon Brady, a skinny dude with a goatee and a blue streak down the front of his hair, and a stockier, middle-aged guy in a polo shirt who calls himself G-Man.They had been emailing for two days when Kat decided to see how the man would react to the news. "I am almost sixteen :)" "So u are quite young," he wrote back, according to Kat's screenshots of the emails. But after an entire month of emails and cancelled plans, he settled for a Mc Donald's outside of Vancouver, Canada, where they both lived. Before leaving that night in November, according to her screenshots, he sent Kat a photo of himself: black suit, striped tie, purple pocket square. Brady and G-Man pull out their phones, turn the video recorders on, and make their move.Outside, police were waiting to arrest them for sexually soliciting an underage kid—a crime known as "child luring" in Canada—while NBC's cameras caught everything.But Canada's new predator hunters don't have to wait for a TV network to come calling: They have the cameras in their hands, a captive audience on social media, and an Internet culture that thrives on public humiliation. ") In December, the movement got its first conviction when a 67-year-old Australian man caught in a sting pleaded guilty to child luring and was sentenced to six months in jail.