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Girl Costs Family Settlement Over Facebook Post

Dennis and Judi talk about what people post on Facebook all the time and maybe this story will make people think before they go and post something up on social media.

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A girl cost her family $80K after posting on Facebook something in regards to a lawsuit settlement her father was going through.

Patrick Snay, the former head of Gulliver Preparatory School, filled an age discrimination lawsuit after his 2010-11 contract was not renewed.

In 2011, the school and Snay came to a settlement where Snay would receive $10,000 in back pay and $70,000 in a settlement. Before the settlement was barely agreed upon, Snay’s daughter went on Facebook bragging “Momma and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”

Snay’s daughter sent that message out to her over 1,200 Facebook friends, many of them Gulliver students. Word got back to the school.

Within days of the Facebook post, the school’s attorneys informed Snay’s legal team that the Facebook post violated their confidentiality agreement and he was no longer eligible for the $80,000 settlement.

Last week, the District Cout of Appeal in Florida agreed with the school that Snay’s daughter’s post had, in fact, violated the agreement. Ouch. That was one mighty expensive Facebook rant.

Maybe this will teach people to think twice before hitting ‘post’ on their Facebook page?

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