Careful What You Facebook

12/22/2011

Let's start with the moral of this Blog - be careful what you post on Facebook.

A Chicago man's apparent idea of a social media joke has landed him in jail.  The man  posted a photo of his 22-month-old daughter on Facebook, duct-taped and bound.  Not a good idea if it truley was a joke.  In fact, it's an incredibly stupid joke (if it was a joke).  If it wasn't a joke, then not only is this guy stupid, but he also has serious issues which are way beyond the scope of this Blog.

For the sake of argument, let's assume it was a joke.  This guy now faces a charge of aggravated battery.  Who's laughing now?

The man took the duct tape photo after babysitting his daughter.  He posted it on Facebook with the misspelled caption which read:  "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back. ;)"

Once posted, the Facebook picture appareantly spread around the Internet like a brushfire. Police and the Illinois Department of Family Services began to investigate which ultimately led to the battery charges.

The man's lawyer says the incident has been blown out of proportion and put forth the "this was all just a bad joke defense."  The man's grandmother is backing the lawyer saying  he is a good father.  The grandmother said the man is just "a big jokester."  Based on the photo, I really question this guy's sense of humor.

And now there is apparently some dispute about what type of tape was really used.  Some are saying it was only painter's tape and not duck tape.  What's the difference?  Should I slap my forehead and say, "It was only painter's tape ... now I understand."

Because of this whole event, a judge ruled that the  man can no longer have contact with his daughter or anyone under 18 until his battery case is resolved.

As a sidebar, the charge of aggravated battery requires an intentional unwanted touching that is harmful or offensive. Possible defenses include self-defense and consent.  It is hard to believe a 22 month old would be able to consent.  It is even harder to believe that the man needed to duck tape the child for protection.  Therefore, we have the "I was only joking defense."

Penalties for battery vary widely in different jurisdictions. The man is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Let's repeat the moral ... be careful what you post on Facebook.  And if your going to joke, please make sure it is funny.