Facebooker jailed for LOL car crash post

A woman allegedly drives drunk and smashes into another car. She posts a seemingly lighthearted comment about it on Facebook. A judge tells her to close her account. She doesn't.

Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I was twice almost killed on the road today.

Yes, it's a slight exaggeration. Yet, two different cars, at two different moments, tried to run me off the road. It was as if I had stumbled upon an episode of a Bourne movie in which I didn't know I'd been cast.

I was tempted to joke about it on Twitter. (I wondered whether it was a confederacy of dunces or a confederacy of exes.) But only because nothing was damaged, other than my brittle psyche.

However, had I got drunk and smashed into another car, disturbing its occupants, I might have felt differently. I might not have posted something on Twitter or even Facebook. I might not have included the acronym LOL.

And yet this seems to have been the choice of Paula Asher, a choice that ultimately landed her in jail.

As Wave 3 TV in Kentucky relates it, Asher's post: "My dumbass got a DUI and hit a car LOL" wasn't appreciated by the parents of the teens who happened to be in the car she hit.

So, as NBC News continues the story, Judge Mary Jane Phelps ordered her to shut down her Facebook page.

Perish the concept, seemed to have been her reply, one that cost her dearly. For her alleged omission in shutting down her account led to the judge putting her in jail for two days.

The charge? Contempt for humanity. I'm sorry, I believe it may have been contempt of court.

Asher told Wave 3: "I didn't think LOL would put me in jail."

Some would say the words "LOL would put me in jail" were unnecessary in that sentence.

 

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