Most Expensive Facebook Status Update Costs Family $80,000

Most Expensive Facebook Status Update Costs Family $80,000 – OUCH!

Most Expensive Facebook Status Update Costs Family $80,000

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Have you heard the news?  “Most Expensive Facebook Status Update Costs Family $80,000.”  This has got to be the biggest Facebook mistake ever.  Oh my goodness.  Can you imagine how angry her parents must be?

Most Expensive Facebook Status Update Costs Family $80,000

The story begins with the father, Patrick Snay, 69 years old, who was the headmaster at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami for several years.  In 2010, however, the school didn’t renew his contract. Mr. Snay sued his former employer for age discrimination and won a settlement of $80,000 in November 2011. The agreement contained a standard confidentiality clause, prohibiting Mr. Snay or the school from talking about the case.

The story continues with his daughter, Dana Snay, a college student who couldn’t resist bragging about the case on Facebook.  This is what she wrote as her status:

Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.

Most Expensive Facebook Status Update Costs Family $80,000

Oh, oh!   The confidentiality clause, remember?

Well, it turns out that Dana has quite a few Facebook friends, many of whom are current and former Gulliver students.  News of the post made its way around and got back to the school’s lawyers, who appealed the verdict.  The Third District Court of Appeal tossed out the $80,000 settlement earlier this week.  Judge Linda Ann Wells wrote:

Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do.  His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent.

Mr. Snay says that he knew what the restrictions were, but that he needed to tell her something because she knew her parents were in mediation.

Oh, oh!  BIG mistake.....  The confidentiality clause, remember?

Mr. Snay is allowed to file a motion for rehearing and appeal to the Florida Supreme Court. However, his attorney says the odds of Snay’s winning his money back are slim.

Had Mr. Snay’s daughter been discreet, the court would not have discovered the family had violated Snay’s contract. “The bottom line is, when involved in legal proceedings, don’t disclose anything on social media,” says Shear. “It’s not worth it.”

That European vacation is probably history.  What do you think?

Most Expensive Facebook Status Update Costs Family $80,000 – OUCH!

Read more at the Miami Herald


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24 thoughts on “Most Expensive Facebook Status Update Costs Family $80,000 – OUCH!

    • Haha. Thanks for your comment, Emmanuel. I hope a lot of people learned something from this unfortunate event. Expecially younger kids who think they’re invincible. I’m glad you stopped by! Come again soon!

  1. Lol Jeanne! Social media is just like any other communication channel; you better keep your mouth shut on FB just like offline when you need to.

    • That is so true, Sriram. In this modern day, you have to be very careful what you put out there on the “world wide” Internet. I’m glad you visited my site. Please come again soon. 🙂

    • Yes, she is going to regret this for a long time, Frank. You really do need to be careful what you say on Facebook these days. Nothing is private anymore. Thank you for your comment. Take care~

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