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Olympic security doesn’t want athletes posting photos of their credentials

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U.S. women's soccer player Carli Lloyd and British rower Zac Purchase took down tweets that featured pictures of their Olympic security badges after officials worried that the bar codes on the passes could be duplicated.

There were concerns that nefarious individuals could copy the code, create a fake pass and gain entry into Olympic venues. Or they could just buy a ticket and get in anyway.

Will Geddes, a security official who has worked closely with the IOC, warned, "by posting on Twitter, you're giving that golden ticket away to anybody who wants to use it."

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Come on, Will. We all know Willy Wonka made the golden tickets non-transferrable. He says it right after doing those somersaults and introducing himself to Veruca Salt.

[Note: The photo above is from Getty Images and was cropped to show the badge of Michael Phelps.]

Security is a nuisance until it's a necessity. It's their job to be annoying and it serves the greater good. Complaining about it is frivolous. Are they overreacting? I don't know.

It's seems likely that a terror cell has been lying dormant for years, collecting men and women of varying sizes, shades and nationalities, and waiting for a random Olympian to post a picture of his or her credential on Facebook so they could copy the bar code, pluck the terrorist who resembles said athlete and infiltrate the Olympic Village, especially when said athlete is a midfielder on the U.S. women's soccer team? That's a perfectly plausible scenario and the most likely plot of "Die Hard 6: Faster, Higher, Harder."

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