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Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Judge Jeffrey Middleton
A man got on the wrong side of a judge when he turned up to a virtual court hearing with 'Buttf***er 3000' as his Zoom name.
The defendant was appearing before Judge Jeffrey Middleton in St. Joseph County, Michigan, for a drugs charge.
The torturous encounter was filmed and shared on YouTube on Tuesday (11 May), with the man identifying himself as Nathaniel Saxton.
In the video, Judge Middleton says: "Your name's not 'Buttf***er 3000', you yo-ho, logging in to my court with that as your screenname.
"What kind of idiot logs into court like that?"
After claiming he hadn't altered his name, Saxton apologised to the judge and was booted out of the call briefly.
Upon returning, he told the court it was his sister who had changed the name of the account, claiming it had been a joke.
Having fixed the name, Saxton then said: "I'm embarrassed. I'm sorry."
Saxton was appearing before the judge on one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to reports, this can be punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 (£355) fine.
Saxton had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, however, as he was found with the items - including a used syringe that tested positive of meth - on his person, and the judge offered a lesser fine, he eventually decided to change to guilty, Law & Crime reports.
As a result, he received a $200 (£142) fine.
During the hearing, Judge Middleton asked: "Is your sister there?"
"No, unfortunately, she is not," said Saxton.
"Tell her she almost got you put in jail for contempt of court," warned the judge.
Saxton then apologised once more.
The past year has provided countless examples of Zoom calls going wrong, causing greater and lesser levels of embarrassment.
One of the more cringeworthy involved a US Senator who attempted to hide his whereabouts by using a filter.
Andrew Brenner, a Republican Senator, joined a meeting of the Ohio Controlling Board on the same day a bill was introduced to create further penalties for distracted drivers.
House Bill 283 would see a ban on writing, the sending of or reading of texts, watching videos and taking photos. It also calls for a ban on live streaming and using applications while driving - as well as holding a device while driving.
Brenner attempted to hide the fact he was driving during the call by superimposing a photo of his office onto the background - yet his seatbelt was still visible and the background occasionally faltered to reveal glimpses of the road.
In a clip from the meeting, Brenner can be seen fiddling with the camera, turning it on and off while looking around as he drives along.