Facebook FAIL Friday #136

There are a couple of stories to share this week. One of them is the hilarious man-physically-harmed-over-Facebook-fight:

March 18, 2013
Man shot in foot over Facebook argument

A Beloit man was shot once in each foot on Sunday, the result of an argument over Facebook posts, according to the Beloit Police Department.

Beloit Police were called to the 1400 block of Merrill Street Sunday shortly after midnight.

Upon arrival police discovered a 20-year-old male had been shot twice, once in each foot, according to Capt. Vince Sciame.

The victim was treated and released from Beloit Memorial Hospital. Sciame said there was a party at a house in 1400 block of Merrill Street. The argument started over Facebook postings. < READ FULL STORY

Then there is the deadbeat dad who owes 3 years of child support (let the record show the child is aslo 3 yeasrs old) and then put a picture of himself online, like a gangsta, with butt-loads of cash… it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what happened as a result…

March 22, 2013
Facebook Money Pics Bust Dad for Allegedly Dodging Child Support
By Alexa Valiente,

Facebook helped the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office charge a wayward father for failing to pay child support.

Christopher Robinson, 23, is facing three felony counts of failure to support his 3-year-old child, according to a complaint filed with the criminal division of the Wisconsin Circuit Court.

The complaint indicates that for three years, Robinson never made any of the required $150 monthly child support payments.

But pictures that Robinson posted to Facebook that show him posing with cash and bottles of liquor helped the district attorney’s office build a case against him.

“What we do in these types of cases is we try to find out from other family members whether there is other information we may not be able to know about,” Milwaukee County Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern told ABCNews.com. < READ FULL STORY

Then there is the huge hubaloo over the NJ man who posted a pic of his 11-year-old son holding what LOOKS like an ASSAULT rifle (let’s call it what it looks like) on Facebook. One of his “friends” was alarmed enough to call social services… cops came… dad cried 2nd and 4th amendment rights, media frenzy ensues, cops don’t apologize, but never did anything wrong, yada yada.

Okay, people, let’s look at the REAL issue here. The complete lack of common sense exhibited by dad. I found an article that sums it up perfectly (pasted below): this has nothing to do with anyone’s rights; it has to do with not thinking things through in this digital age that is way too oversensitive and over-reactive. Dad, what did you THINK was going to happen when you show your son holding what looks like a military grade weapon? You are aware kids with toy guns have been shot by cops, because the guns looked so real… what makes you think someone out there on your “friends” list isn’t going to take this the wrong way? Seriously folks… you REALLY need to stop and think before posting every picture on Facebook.

I won’t even go into the rant about the complete lack of self-control of every parent out there that posts every picture of their child left and right on the web. There is an entire generation of children whose lives are being chronicled on Facebook, and they have no control and no say in it. Next time you worry about your child’s “privacy” when it comes to monitoring their internet activity, just remember how many times you ignored their privacy and posted a photo online.

The backstory:
Facebook photo of 10-year-old with a rifle sends New Jersey child welfare authorities to father’s home

The cop’s side of it:
Police: Why we reacted to Facebook pic of boy with rifle

The REAL story here…

March 21, 2013
Facebook photo raid: Parents, show common sense in a time of uncommon anxiety (+video)

The Facebook photo raid didn’t need to happen. This isn’t about gun rights, it’s about common sense. The Facebook photo raid is a sign of societal anxiety. Parents, don’t stoke the fire.

By Lisa Suhay, Guest Blogger for Christian Science Monitor

When a New Jersey father posted a picture of his young son toting a rifle he’d received for his birthday in order to follow a family hunting tradition, the boy was nearly lost to his family when he was caught in the social media crosshairs. This is not about gun laws, but what we, as parents, are choosing to fire-off to our social media sites that could make our kids and families targets for a very gun-shy society that’s become trigger-happy about reporting kids and parents to authorities.

A photo posted to Facebook of a boy with a firearm caused police to come to the boy’s house and demand to search it.

I know I wrote about a little girl in Pennsylvania getting into trouble for pointing a Hello Kitty bubble-blowing toy at another child and saying, “I’m going to shoot you!” When we have people pointing fingers at kids who point finger-guns, it’s really just common sense not to put our families in harm’s way by posting photos and stories that could easily be misunderstood to our social media feeds. < READ FULL STORY

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