Update 22 April 2009
Mary Ellen Hause went to jail because of Facebook.
Be careful what you write on Facebook.
It can be very bad for you.
Ask Kimberley Swann and Edward Richardson.
On 23 February, Swann, 16 of Clacton, Essex was fired from her job after she updated her Facebook status to:
Kimberley Swann thinks her job is boring.
She also apparently added:
It’s s***. All I do is shred, holepunch and scan paper.
On the day of reckoning she was summoned by the manager and given a letter which said:
Following your comments on Facebook about the company we feel it is better that, as you are not happy, we end your employment.
She’d been working at Ivell Marketing & Logistics for all of 3 weeks.
Her boss, Steve Ivell defended his decision:
Her display of disrespect and dissatisfaction undermined the relationship and made it untenable. Ivell Marketing is a small, close-knit family company and it is very important that all the staff work together in harmony. Had Miss Swann put up a poster on the staff notice board making the same comments and invited other staff to read it there would have been the same result.
She retorted by saying:
You shouldn’t really be hassled outside work. It was only a throw-away comment. I was not given a chance to explain.
She wrote the remark after coming home from work. Somebody then told her employer about it.
Still, what she endured is nothing compared to what Edward Richardson did on 12th May 2008.
In what could be the world’s first Facebook murder, Richardson, 41 of Mayfield Road, Biddulph, became enraged when his estranged wife Sarah, 26 changed her marital status on Facebook to “single”. He went to see her at her parents’ home as she was ignoring his messages. He broke the front door window, found Sarah in her bedroom and stabbed her to death with a knife.
The late Sarah Richardson
He then tried to commit suicide.
He was later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years in jail.
So folks, think carefully before you update your status next time.