Social media has become a wonderful tool for keeping in touch with friends and family. But it also has its downsides, as some people have come to learn the hard way. From Italian mob bosses who are Facebook addicts to football cheerleaders who draw swastikas on friends at parties, social media has become an increasingly dangerous place for people who break the law or act inappropriately (sometimes directly violating their company’s social media policies) to post their actions. We thought we were addicted to the largest social networking site in the world, but after seeing some of these social media knuckleheads (check out #3!) our addiction seems pretty harmless. Whatever you do, avoid ending up like these 25 Social Media Fools Who Got Busted On Facebook.
Taking down a Facebooking mob boss
Italian mob boss and one of Italy’s 100 most-wanted criminals, Pasquale Manfredi was arrested by local police due to his Facebooking habits. Manfredi was an avid Facebooker, logging in rather often, which led police to trace his internet key and bust him at his own apartment.
Airline employees going down in smoke
Virgin Atlantic fired 13 employees for insulting passengers by calling them “chavs” in a Facebook group. The employees also joked about the plane engines’ safety and said the cabin was full of cockroaches. These social media idiots learned the hard way that work problems should be kept off social media!
A defrauder takes a beach vacation
Most people love beach vacations, including Maxi Sopo. Seattle resident Sopo made sure to let all his Facebook friends know what a good time he was having in Cancun – after defrauding banks out of $200,000. He was later arrested and extradited back to the States.
Not a fan of mushy peas and old pizza
San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie was fined $2,500 for complaining about the “most nasty food of any team” at their training camp, even implying it was the reason they weren’t winning a Super Bowl.
The Facebook addict-turned-robber
You may think you’re addicted to Facebook but you don’t come close to West Virginian Jonathan G. Parker. While robbing two diamond rings from a woman’s home, Parker logged into Facebook – probably to check his news feed and like a lolcat video. The trouble was he logged in on the woman’s computer; she found an unknown profile logged in when she arrived home which she reported to the police whom quickly tracked Parker down.