In today’s episode of “Oh my god are you freaking kidding me?,” a teenager managed to cost her family $80,000 with one 23-word Facebook update. This elegant young miss took to Facebook to announce her father’s victory against his former employer after winning a settlement concerning age discrimination. She wrote:
Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.
Let’s just start with a slow clap for her use of the all caps “SUCK IT.” Nothing cuts to the core of someone like dropping some European vacay knowledge on them and punctuating it with a “suck it,” especially in its capital iteration. I would hate to meet this girl in a dark alley rap battle.
While the teen in question certainly schooled The Gulliver School and all Facebook users, she ignored a somewhat important factor when it comes to legal matters. As The Cut points out, “as is usual in an age-discrimination settlement, all parties agreed to a confidentiality clause.” Talking about the settlement nullifies the whole thing. That Facebook post cost her father the $80,000 he won in the settlement. Yikes.
I understand that it’s everybody’s first instinct to take to Facebook or Twitter whenever something bad, good, scary, boring, mundane, or inconsequential happens, regardless of whether or not anyone in the world gives a shit. I’m not on any high horse here–I once took a seflie while peeing and put it on the internet to make a point. But I suppose this is as good a reminder as any that we all need to be more careful about what we flippantly put online, and also that teenagers are truly the worst.