People have warned Facebook users since the inception of the social media giant that they should be careful what they post for the world to see. Because while you can delete a Facebook post from your profile, you can’t ever undo the fact that it was once up there for everyone, including the police, to see. Most of us, thankfully, have nothing to worry about when it comes to what seems like a harmless status update. But some people put a little too much information on their updates, and when certain people see it on their newsfeed, it usually doesn’t end well.
Take Colleen Chudney for example. She is a 22 year-old woman from Michigan who is currently on probation for driving drunk in 2012. As a condition of her probation, she wasn’t allowed to drink any alcohol – even on St. Patrick’s Day. Well, she decided that a little alcohol wouldn’t hurt anything and knocked back some drinks. It’s too bad that the police decided to do a random breathalyzer the next day.
Be Careful What You Put On Facebook
Lucky for her, she passed the breathalyzer and thought it was time to celebrate. So, she did what lots of people do when they’re excited about something: she put it on Facebook for everyone (including her probation officer) to see. Here’s her status update: “Buzz killer for me, I had to breathalyze this morning and I drank yesterday but I passed thank god lol my (expletive).”
As Murphy’s Law would have it, the police saw her post and called her to come in and undergo a urine test to determine whether or not she had been drinking. She failed the urine test and landed herself in even more legal hot water. As a result of breaking the rules of her probation, she could go to jail for 93 days, where she certainly wouldn’t be at risk for posting the wrong information on Facebook.
I share this story because it made me shake my head at the lack of common sense that some people display, and also as a warning to be careful what you post to your Facebook account. You never know just who’s going to see it.
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