As stated by ‘chicago tribune’, Christine Adamski, An Illinois woman faces a $50 fine about a week ago, when an officer from forest preserve protection department read her Facebook comment, according to which she broke the law, by using a dog park without a permit.
This is what she wrote in her comment which cost her 50$ fine “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. I hope all the doggies get better soon.”
Someone told about this comment to a police officer, who then issued the women a 50$ ticker for using the dog park without permit. The officer, referring to her fb comment as a proof, sent her the letter specifying that “she has knowingly entered a dog park without a valid 2014 permit.”
But the lady had not visited the place since 2013 and so she fought and the ticket got rescinded. Lt Tracey Philips had the views that “The employee had good intentions, but it wasn’t a good idea.”
This case has brought a huge can of worms for the police department. People are also worrying and fearing that police regularly monitor social media and their personal messages and comments. District Executive however say that the police department doesn’t monitor people’s social media activity, and that they take any of the information received from facebook only as a tip that needs to be verified.
The process of taking Facebook activities as tips, in some case have also helped save lives. For an example, in the year 2012, two men were caught discussing on Facebook chats about setting up a deadly booby traps on hiking trails. In another case a comment lead to the arrest of a person (Dustin McCombs), after he himself commented on his own most wanted photo, under The Police departments list on Facebook about “most wanted” people.