According to the USA Today on March 1, Florida teen Dana Snay is learning the hard way that what you post on social media does not just disappear into the electronic ether. It hangs around, and occasionally, comes back to bite an $80,000 chunk out of your behind.
Dad Patrick Snay had settled an age discrimination case with a former employer, and his teen daughter was so excited about the prospect of multiple mall trips, she promptly got onto her Facebook page and wrote:
“Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”
There’s no way to spin this one. Dana used both her family and the former employer’s name, and for good measure, rubbed it in a little with ill-timed derision.
Patrick Snay had been the headmaster at the Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami until the school refused to renew his contract, letting the 69-year-old go in 2010.
The Miami Herald reports that Snay filed, and won, an age discrimination and subsequent retaliation lawsuit that involved the school’s treatment of his daughter. As with many such suits, the judge made each party sign a confidentially agreement – essentially stipulating that the judgment becomes void if the terms are divulged.
Clearly, Dana didn’t get the memo.
According to the USA Today, the confidentiality agreement technically meant Patrick couldn't even tell his daughter, but he says he “needed to tell her something,” because the suit alleged “that the school had retaliated against him through her, and he says she has ‘psychological scars.’”
Dana’s post made the rounds among her friends, who are current and former students at the prep school, and then to some more students who are not her friends, then to some parents, then to the teachers and ultimately back to the school’s attorneys, who quickly called foul and annulled the whole thing.
“Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do,” the judge wrote. “His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent… It was the most expensive Facebook status of all time.”