Skip to comments.Woman's Facebook Post Leads to Police Ticket
Posted on 05/31/2014 2:52:48 AM PDT by kingattax
Anything you post on Facebook can (and sometimes will) come back to haunt you. Chicago-area resident Christine Adamski discovered that the hard way when she received a police citation in the mail because of a comment she wrote on the social networking site.
The letter from the Will County Forest Preserve District stated that Adamski had brought her dog to the Whalon Lake Dog Park in Naperville, Ill., without a permit and included an application for the permit, a ticket for $50, and a printout of Adamskis Facebook post "admitting her guilt."
The post read, I was feeling bad that I havent bought a pass and been bringing Ginger there but Im pretty glad I havent. So not going to worry about it until later. I hope all the doggies get better soon. At the time, there were rumors that a bad case of kennel cough had afflicted the dogs in the park.
People were calling and complaining about the kennel cough, but we couldnt confirm it so an employee visited the Facebook page of the dog park for more information and thats how we discovered Christines post, Lt. Tracey Phillips of the Will County Forest Preserve District Police tells Yahoo Shine.
We require people to get a permit to make sure all dogs are healthy and up-to-date on their shots.
(Excerpt) Read more at shine.yahoo.com ...
Soon enough, humans won’t be necessary to locate meandering park breachers. Hell, machine learning could help to rake in mountains of revenue by simply observing social media... the question, however... will the “sheople” permit it?
“It must be true, I read it on the Internet.”
Another lesson in over sharing on social media. It is a compulsion for many people and the opportunities for getting into trouble are endless.
If what she actually posted was “I was feeling bad that I havent bought a pass and been bringing Ginger there”, that means the same as “I was feeling bad that I havent...been bringing Ginger there”. In other words, she has not admitted anything. I hope she sues the crap out of the Will County Forest Preserve District Police.
Loose lips sink ships.
As real criminals become too violent for law enforcement to confront, authorities are turning toward softer crimes for revenue and “work”.
She should look on the bright side. The cops didn’t shoot her dog or pop a no knock stun grenade in her face....yet.
If you publicly post an admission, don’t be surprised if somebody follows up on it.
I believe a case could be made that its up to the prosecution to prove that:
She was telling the truth
Her account hadn’t been hacked
Any pictures hadn’t been photoshopped
Still a dumbass thing to post.
Facebook - the 21st century “due process” and the digital “court of law”. Innocent before proven guilty? Not anymore.
PROVE she was telling the truth.
Dear Facebook: I was just kidding about removing my mattress tag.
IF your version of what she posted is true, she could fight the ticket, and she should.
But in the end she should probably just buy the pass and bring the dog to the park. Assuming they’ve got that cough situation cleared up.
I have no idea what kind of a place this is, you have to get a permit to walk your dog in a park?
A permit to walk your dog!!!!
This is apparently on top of the annual dog license.
I wonder if they had any proof other than her comments - people say untrue things all the time and it isn’t unusual for some to come forward and confess to crimes they haven’t committed. It would seem she may have a good case to negate the citation. Just goes to show how the thought police are intruding ever further into our lives - when they can punish you because you said you did something, with no proof that you actually did it, we have lost.
What do you mean by IF my version is true? My post had to do with the simple grammatical meaning of what she allegedly posted on Facebook.
I do not have a “version” of what the woman actually put on Facebook, nor will I ever know firsthand, because I have nothing to do with Facebook.
As for what kind of place this is, the article mentions “Chicago-area”, which might provide a clue.
The answer to this would be for everyone in the area to start posting ridiculous (but fictional) misdemeanors that they had supposedly committed at that park; i.e I littered in the park, I brought seventeen dogs to the park, I jaywalked all around the park, I exposed myself in broad daylight, I took an elephant to the park, ....
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
If you read the article, she eventually explains that she meant she was feeling bad about not bringing the dog to the park, but was glad she hadn’t been bringing the dog to the park after all because of the kennel cough problem. The ticket was dropped after she explained her comment.
She also commented on the Facebook page for the dog park, NOT on her own Facebook page. Kind of different as far as privacy expectations, I’d say.
I’ve seen people sound palpably worse on Facebook than they do in this one, a pseudonymous forum where nobody need reveal his true identity against his will.
It’s a new modern venue of mischief. Will it defeat God’s purpose? NO WAY.
She should challenge them for proof it happened! Yes, baldly.
I hope it embarrassed the ticketeers.
I remember about 10 years ago there was some Democrat government official hauled before a panel or court or something, and he was confronted with a copy of his ‘daily journal’ which had entries in it that conflicted with his testimony. His defense was “I lied to my journal.” No sh!t.
He apparently got away with it, IIRC because the media let it drop.
If I were this woman, I’d go before the court and plead not guilty and tell the judge I “lied to my FaceBook page” because I was trying to make friends. I’d then ask the judge to have animal control or whoever provide separate evidence (other than the lies I told to myself). If none, then I’d request the judge drop the case.
A permit to walk you dog in a park? Sounds more like Nazi Germany than America. Were I her, I would fight this unconstitutional ticket. BTW, Gaffer, nice to visit with you here and on AMG.
What’s a face book?
It’s something that half of FReepers utilize and enjoy and that the other half calls the devil’s tool. And that one FReeper has never heard of. :)
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Hartley, I was not trying to be argumentative, I did not read it that closely. I’m posting to thank reagansshinyhair (most amusing name btw) for his details and just in case you didn’t see his post.
I don’t think it’s just a regular park - it’s a “dog park” where you can let your dog run off leash and there are usually some equipment type thingies around for the dogs to play on. The permit pays for upkeep on the dog park, and makes it so that the dogs that are off-leash (and sniffing each other) have had their shots so they don’t make each other sick. A permit sounds reasonable for something like this. I’d liken it to paying admission to a city-run pool. $50 sounds pretty high to me, but I don’t know much about running a dog park. I’m not the type of person to take my dog to a dog park, either.
I think the headline was sensationalist and designed to inflame, and it doesn’t reflect what truly happened in this case. I’m tired of headlines like that.
And that’s what makes perfect sense in the context of the info about the sick dogs.
The ticket trolls must spend their days sniffing for cash.
A variety of other taxes have already paid for the park (property taxes, and depending on the city, sales taxes). Plus the taxes (fees) associated with obtaining a dog license. One should not have to pay another fee to simply use an existing city owned park, in which one can walk through, without a dog, with no additional fees required.
And a ticket by mail, based on a FB post? Unconstitutional, in my partially educated view.
I prefer to have the tax paid by the people who actually use the dog area of the park, rather than raise taxes on everyone regardless of whether or not they use the dog area.