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Just when you thought American teens were becoming robotic products of a flawed education system, along comes a story like this that reminds us all that they can think creatively...if illegally.

According to this story on Fox News, some high school students in Maryland are using red light cameras to get revenge on teachers, parents and that annoying head cheerleader Muffy.

It's called speed pimping (true story) and this is how it works: Teens download the font of the Maryland license plates, print out the license number on glossy paper, paste them over their own license and then proceed to speed through, you guessed it, red lights.

The result is that a lot of people end up getting a $40 ticket in the mail and consequently have no idea why.

As much as I know this is wrong, I couldn't help but chuckle a little when I heard this. It's rather ingenious and how many of us out there wouldn't love to stick it to The Man every once in awhile. Yes, yes, I know as an adult, I should not think this is funny. But still...what I would give if speed pimping had been around when I was in high school. Mr. Abbott would have gone bankrupt (give me a Saturday detention, will ya?).

So look out Port Lavaca parents, teachers and Muffy. If you start receiving mysterious speeding tickets via mail, you may want to find out what little Johnny is up to after school.