David White was arrested at a house party and thrown into jail. He was allowed "one phone call" but his family didn't answer -- so White did the only thing he could think of. He asked an officer if he could post a message on Facebook to have one of his friends bail him out. The police at the Beverly Police Department here in Massachusetts didn't think that there was anything wrong with that... so they allowed White to do so.
White updated his Facebook status using his cell phone and sure enough, someone showed up at the station with $40 to bail him out. White also has added a notch to his belt: He is officially the first person in the country to get out of jail using Facebook.
"One of this weekends arrestees was unable to reach anyone by phone for bail money after several unanswered calls. They requested in desperation to be allowed to post their need for bail money to their Facebook page. We are now officially in a new world (sic)," Beverly PD wrote on their Facebook page.
It certainly is a new world and while White was permitted to use Facebook to get out of jail, this isn't something that a lot of police departments around the country are going to allow -- but it doesn't hurt to ask, right?
© Effie Orfanides 2013