Clueless Jailer Fired for Trying to Friend Prisoner on Facebook

handcuffsThere is an unwritten set of rules when it comes to Facebook. And in this set of rules is a sub-section on who you should and should not friend. People you shouldn't friend? Let's see, your boss, your nanny, the boyfriend of your brand new gal pal, oh, and the female inmate of the prison you're a jailer at. Yeah, that's just not a good idea at all. But guess what? Someone allegedly did it. Actually, two people! Oh, Facebook, you make the news so fun.


Dewayne Powers, a jail deputy at a Georgia prison, was fired from his gig for allegedly friend requesting a 23-year-old female inmate. Another jailer resigned from his job for the supposed same thing. The inmate didn't get a chance to respond the the requests, as she didn't have access to a phone or her MacBook as she was, you know, in jail. According to authorities, the deputies had a face-to-face conversations of a sexual nature with the woman, as well. There was never any physical contact.

I'm not sure what would possess a jailer to friend request an inmate on Facebook, as not only is it a fairly obvious abuse of authority that's surely frowned upon, it's super traceable. Like, you really can't get more traceable than Facebook. If these guys were having "sexual-natured" conversations with this prisoner, why Facebook her? You're basically asking to be caught.

So, as a rule of thumb, when it comes to Facebook, if you're not sure, don't do it. Err on the side of caution. Being friends with someone you kindofsortoftotally shouldn't be friends with is bound to be more trouble than it's worth. Play Bejeweled Blitz instead.

Do you regret friending anyone on Facebook?

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