Do you love to Tweet? Well make sure your Tweets don’t involve an apartment complex in Chicago. It seems that Amanda Bonnen posted a Tweet about her living with mold in a previous apartment she lived in that has drawn the ire of the company that manages the complex. The company, Horizon Group Management LLC, has filed a lawsuit against Amanda for $50,000 big ones. The company feels that what Amanda had to say in her Tweet was not nice.
According to an article over at the Chicago Sun, it states the following:
The May 12 Tweet under the handle “abonnen” reads in part: “Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it’s okay.”
The suit and Twitter account identifies “abonnen” as Amanda Bonnen.
Jeffrey Michael, whose family has run Horizon for more than 25 years, said: “The statements are obviously false, and it’s our intention to prove that.”
He said that while she moved out recently, the company never had a conversation about the post and never asked her to take it down.
“We’re a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization,” he said, noting that the company manages 1,500 apartments in Chicago and has a good reputation it wants to preserve.
Horizon, which filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court, is seeking $50,000 in damages.
Bonnen couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.
What is not known is the validity of what Amanda had to say. But this does reflect the fact that Tweets can be hazardous to your wallet.
What do you think? Should Amanda be protected by free speech?