Arkansas Teen Sues Mom For Harrassement Over Facebook Identity

In what should be an interesting case, if in fact it goes to court, a teen from Arkansas is suing his mom for harassment. It seems mom may have tampered with the sons identity on Facebook, though some facts are still unclear as to what really has happened. The mom claims that it all started when her son posted unsavory content about his speeding in a car at 95 m.p.h. after having a fight with his girl friend.

The article further states that:

Denise proceeded to read her son’s posts, becoming more disturbed all the while, and even engaged in some sort of discussion with her son’s friends. Denise calls this discussion “a conversation between my son, me and his personal friends,” while Lane refers to it as “posting things that involve slander and personal facts about my life.” After that, Denise changed the password on both Lane’s Facebook account and his email, which is remarkably effective, as it stopped Lane from simply using another device to log in.

Lane, understandably upset, delivered a handwritten letter to his local courthouse, accusing his mother of harassment and invasion of privacy–she’ll face these misdemeanor charges at the Clark County courthouse next month. It’s probably worth noting that Denise does not have custody over her son–the boy moved in with his grandparents after his mother’s “messy divorce” that left her with undefined mental health problems.

Invasion of privacy or just a concerned mom? I believe that mom did violate her son’s privacy by getting into his facebook account and conversing with his friends. But what is going to be difficult for the court is this statement:

“He left it logged in on my computer. It’s not like I stole his laptop.”

Which brings up another issue. What expectation of privacy can we expect when we use someone’s computer? I am not talking about the mom accessing the facebook account, I am talking about anything we do on someone’s computer other than our own system?

Comments welcome.


Allegiant Air Kicks Off A Crying 2 Year Old, Cranky 4 Year Old and Mom – No Refunds, Sorry!

Allegiant Air offers low cost flights from various airports around the country and they are explicit on certain discounted offers, that there are no refunds. But when one thinks of a no refund policy, I personally believe that it would apply when someone fails to make it to their scheduled flight. Over at the Consumerist they have an article which described an incident that happened on one Allegiant Air flight.

The article states the following:

An Arizona mom says she was flying to Billings, Montana for her birthday — but never got off the ground because the airline kicked her — and her unruly kids off the flight. They were told they could take another flight — if they paid for it. The airline says it’s their policy not to offer refunds.

Apparently, while still boarding their Allegiant Air flight, the woman’s 2-year-old started to cry. While she was trying to calm the toddler down, her 4 year old got “restless” and wouldn’t stay in his seat.

The airline removed the family from the plane and told them they could take another flight but neglected to mention at the time that this flight would cost $900 more. The airline says they will FedEx her luggage back from Montana (it was apparently behaving itself in the cargo hold,) and offered her a credit towards a future flight. She wants a refund.

I can understand the position of the airline when it comes to removing the children and mom from the flight. Not knowing all of the facts, I would imagine this was done to protect the other passengers on-board from being disturbed by the kids. What I can not understand is the fact that Allegiant Air would not provide the mom and kids to take another flight at the same price and now refuses to provide a refund.

In my opinion Allegiant Air is being unreasonable. What is your opinion?

Consumerist site with the story.

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Life Choices: A Lesson from Mom

In raising my own children and now helping to raise my grandchildren I have come to realize that all Moms have different ways of teaching life lessons to their children. Below is an example of such a lesson and while the author is unknown to me I believe that what they have to say is something that we can all learn by.

The story begins when a young woman goes to her mother and tells her about her life and how things are so hard for her. She went on to explain how she didn’t know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She stated that she was tired of  fighting and struggling because it
seemed to her that as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.

Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ‘ Tell me what you see.’

‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied.Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, what does it mean, mother?’ Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. ‘Which are you?’ she asked her daughter. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

My question to you, my readers, is this: Which are you? Are you the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity wilt and become soft losing your strength? Are you the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat meaning that you began with fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have become hardened and stiff? Does your shell look the same, but on the inside are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. That means that when the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, you find a way to elevate yourself to another level. 

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? My wish for each of my readers is that they may have enough happiness to make them sweet, enough trials to make them strong, enough sorrow to keep them human and enough hope to make them happy.

The happiest people, I know, don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. It seems that they have learned to forget the pain of their childhoods and look to the future and what they can make of it.

Remember that you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. A simple way to understand that and how to implement it is to remember that while you cried when you born others were smiling and now you have to live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Mum's The Word! Or Is It Mom?

There should be an image here!If you’re like me, you have a birth mother. Now some people’s proper mothers may not be their birth mothers, but that doesn’t make the mother (or mothers) who raised you any less motherly. Americans celebrate having a mother on the second Sunday in May. This weekend is approaching fast, so you’d better have your duckies in a row if you intend on keeping Mom happy. If you were borne of something other than a mother, then… you don’t have to worry about Mother’s Day at all.

Ponzi ordered our respective mothers flowers through FlowersFast earlier this week. They’ve always been good for us, largely because we know and trust the owner. There are a zillion places to order flowers online, but should we children stop there? What else might a mom want for Mother’s Day? Is it too late to sneak something into her gift arrangement? My mom would rather receive flower seeds that she could plant on her own, rather than stemmed anythings that will likely wither and die wtihin a matter of days. Beyond that, I’m a horrible judge of what people might want for a holiday present (I think we’d all like to forget the nasty “Virus of the Month Club” incident of ’97).

Since I rely on Outlook 2007’s relatively craptacular spam filter, I’ve seen more than my fair share of Mother’s Day spam – with most of these advertisements reminding me to order flowers before it’s too late. Here’s your reminder: do it now. If I were you, I’d look for a good flower coupon before clicking the “Buy Now’ button. I should talk to Bob and ask him if we could score a special flower discount code for y’all, eh?

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Moms, Technology, Time Together And Why Only One Day?

My friend and coworker Alex and his brothers Robert and Ben are in Montana with family and most importantly their mom, who had a stroke last week and is not doing so well. It’s a hard time, and I imagine it’s both extra important and extra difficult today, since it’s that one day a year we define as Mother’s Day. Robert’s been writing about some of the experience on his blog, and it’s been a daily read for me. I don’t know Robert as well as I know Alex, and I’ve never met Ben, but somehow it’s good to know they’re all together at an important time.
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