No one wants to read annoying Facebook statuses that their friends post. From what they’re eating in the morning to what they’re doing at night, it sometimes seems to be a little too much. Never though, have I seen a stupid status cost someone 80,000 dollars.
Patrick Snay, a 69 year old former headmaster at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami sued the school in 2011 for not renewing his contract. He sued for age discrimination and won 80,000 dollars. The contract stated that there was a strict confidentiality clause, having been associated with a prestigious preparatory school, which basically meant that neither Snay nor the school could talk about the settlement.
Snay’s daughter Dana, however, didn’t exactly understand the terms. When Facebook asked, “What’s on your mind?” Dana wrote: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT,” and hit “Publish.” With the click of a button, the contract was violated and her father lost his settlement of 80,000 dollars. Eighty-thousand dollars.
She had over 1,200 friends on Facebook who also went to the school and the status made its way up to the lawyers. Snay claimed that he needed to tell his daughter about the settlement because of emotional trauma the school had caused her. Not so sure about that one.
Not only is Dana not going to Europe, she’s most likely never leaving the basement her parents probably locked her in.