Christine Adamski, was surprised when she received the citation in the mail. However, it seems social media posts are a hot bed for getting oneself into trouble these days. Account holders should be careful what they post.
It seems Facebook didn’t get their default privacy settings changed soon enough for Christine Adamski. With Facebook privacy settings now changed to “private” as default it now falls to you; the billions of users to make sure you don’t get yourself into trouble. Think twice about what you wish to post “publicly” on your social media accounts.
However, the young woman did not have to pay the $50 citation, which came from the Will County Forest Preserve District. This should be a learning experience for all. The letter enclosed with the citation alleged the Chritine Adamski used a dog park without a proper permit.
So what caused all this fuss? Adamski posted a comment on a group page created by the Whalon Park Dog Park and responded on a post about kennel cough, which had broken out amoung some of the dogs using the park.
“I was feeling bad that I haven’t bought a pass and been bringing Ginger there but I’m pretty glad I haven’t. So not going to worry about it until later,” wrote Adamski.
Apparently, an employee saw the comment and forwarded it to a preserve protection officer, who then sent the citation.
The Forest Preserve District Executive Director, Marcy De Mauro told Adamski, “The district does not monitor social media in search of potential law breakers not should the district issue a citation based on a social media post.”
“We treat any information like this as a tip, which has to be verified before any action is taken on our part.” No disciplinary action has been taken against the officer who issued the citation. However, that does bring up the question how the matter got this far being De Mauro made such a statement clearly contradicting the actions of the department.
Here is a list of things you can do to keep your social media experience a happy one.
- If your page is not set up as, “private” think twice about what you are sharing with the world.
- No personal information should ever be given out.
- Ask yourself, would you want your mother reading what you post? If not then don’t post it.
- Remember your social media platform is like a blue print of your character, values and morals.
- In addition, employers are looking at such accounts all the time before hiring and it could lead to some firing.
- Show caution when posting rants and raves, which could lead you into court. You may think it’s venting or even getting back at someone as a way of letting off steam, but if it’s public and see-able it’s evidence, like signing a sworn statement. You mine as well just walk yourself into the police station and pick your cell.
You can read more about this incident here: Chicago Tribune
It was once speculated that it had to be view-able publicly. However, if someone in your connection sees something you post the word here is "view-able". In light of what the NSA has been doing, there's no reason to believe others aren't watching.