Yesterday Twitter was delighting in the plight of a Dutch 14 year old girl who made the boneheaded move of threatening American Airlines in a joke.
The airline promptly responded, letting her know that this is not the sort of thing that they overlook.
Unsurprisingly, the teen, who ran a Demi Lovato fan account, was not prepared for the attention she got, with thousands of people tweeting at her and laughing at her predicament. This is what you get, the collective wisdom seemed to suggest. Her account has since been deleted.
It was mildly entertaining to watch her bounce back and forth between bravado and fear, but there was still something unsettling about the whole thing. Do we need to all gang up on idiot teens who act out on Twitter? I’m not convinced we do, but it’s too late now in this case. Today police in Rotterdam announced that they had in fact arrested the girl.
— Politie Rotterdam eo (@Politie_Rdam) April 14, 2014
The lesson here, as always, is don’t be stupid. We’ve been trying to tell kids that same thing throughout the history of the universe. It doesn’t seem to be working.