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On the Other Hand — Facebook follies, etc. PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, October 06, 2013 12:00 AM

I’m sure what I’m about to tell you is nothing you haven’t heard before. Beware of what’s posted on Facebook.

People use the social network for all kinds of things. They keep in touch with family, they share photos and other media, they us it as a soapbox for their views and it’s a forum for upcoming events.

What you don’t know is if what people say on their status is true.

I’m not calling anyone a liar, I just know that embellishment is much easier if you don’t have to look someone in the eye while you are spinning tales.

You also have to be careful what you say about co-workers, family, etc. Even though you may not have the person you are talking about in your friends list, they may be in someone’s who comments on your post and the next thing you know, everybody knows.

Here are five do’s and five don’ts concerning Facebook from


• Message private matters instead of posting on the wall

• Be mindful of what you post

• Call rather than post personal news

• Reply to comments, especially if they are questions

• Avoid posting comments on every post


• Make friend requests to strangers

• Tag your friends in “unglam” shots

• Overshare yourself

• Vent about work

• Post chain status updates


On another matter entirely, I’m getting concerned at the number of thefts from vehicles. What sticks out to me on these police reports is that fact that either the vehicle is unlocked and/or the structure housing the vehicle is unlocked.

We all know these are crimes of opportunity. If you take the opportunity away, you have less crime. Pretty simple.

I used to make “unlocked” in the reports bold or all-caps or italicized. I kept thinking that if I draw attention to the fact that we need to be proactive in some cases it might do some good. However, fast forward to today and people are still leaving their purses, wallets, tables, laptops and GPS units in their unlocked vehicles and unsavory characters are walking by, seeing them, opening the door and taking them.

We are making it entirely too easy for other people to steal from and take what we work hard to get.

Lock your cars, people. Those who steal from vehicles don’t usually mess with ones that are locked unless there is something pretty special they see inside. It’s time-consuming and too noisy to break a window or windshield out of a vehicle. They don’t want to draw attention to the fact that they are doing something wrong.

I’ll step down off my soapbox now. Thanks for listening.


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