Will one Tweet cost $50,000?

mold - mold on the wall
@polachicago (19073)
United States
July 29, 2009 3:06pm CST
Amanda Bonnen was complaining on Twitter about her apartment. She had only 20 followers, but company claimed that her tweed ruined their reputation. “@JessB123 You should just come anyway. Who said sleeping in a moldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it's ok. " Is Mylot next? Where is our freedom of speech? Who should she complain about mold in her place? http://mashable.com/2009/07/28/horizon-realty/
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jul 09
The libel laws in most places don't apply if what the person is saying is the truth. I hope she documents the mold problem and sticks it to the idiots. "Sue first" indeed.....
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
29 Jul 09
they shouldn't say that...big mistake, don't you think?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jul 09
Really stupid. It sure doesn't help their cause at all.
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@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
29 Jul 09
i read the link, this is really shocking. yeah where's our freedom of speech? i will be careful now on what to tweet, i dont have that much money to pay for law suits... isn't this annoying? i think she should complain to the city health department?
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
29 Jul 09
lucky you in Philippines, in USA you can be sued for anything....
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@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
30 Jul 09
yeah that was what i heard from some of my friends there, you can be sued for just about anything.
• Philippines
30 Jul 09
Now a lesson to learn, one cannot just post anything in the internet it might backfire, some libel cases rooted from blog posts,so be careful what to write. Did she complain to the apartment management before and got no response?
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
30 Jul 09
I think she did, the apartment people said that there is no mold....
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
And now they are suing her? what a pity! I hope she can find a good lawyer to represent her.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
29 Jul 09
I am sorry to hear that..but I haven't a clue as to who this woman even is..I tried looking up a photo since I am more likely to recognize a face more then a name. Well, first she should have taken it up with the company then if they didn't do anything about it then she should have gotten a lawyer, cause mold puts off mold spores and a danger to someones health. So She could have in fact sued them if they hadn't fixed it or given her another apartment. But your right Amanda Bonnen should have had the authority to complain about life just as much as the next person. If they didn't fix it it is their fault. She might have to pay the lawsuit maybe..they will come to a understanding about it. I mean their products have nothing to do with a apartment in general..I mean it wasn't the products that made it that way..olol
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
29 Jul 09
She might have to pay the lawsuit maybe Sorry that should be..She might not have to pay the lawsuit maybe..
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
29 Jul 09
I think that she needs good lawyer and sue them back...
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
30 Jul 09
The majority of people aren't affected by mold when it's controlled. However, there are quite a few people who are susceptible to ill effects from it and if it is not cleaned up, they suffer horribly and can even die. That woman was right to twitter if everything else had failed. But didn't she consult her local landlord tenant ordinance? I understand why she stayed from March till June, as she may not have realized mold was affecting her. But I'd like to know what steps she took before she twittered. If she didn't try to work something out with the company or through the civil courts, I agree she damaged the company's reputation. There are rules to follow in disputes, otherwise we'd be a nation of vigilantes. If she did follow the rules and the tweet was a last resort, I hope it holds up in court.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
30 Jul 09
yes, we don't know the full story, only 140 characters of Twitter...
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Jul 09
It appears now the company have taken a step back. I believe there are always three sides to most stories, the one down the middle being the true version. This will probably come to nothing, but the company will be careful what they say in future.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
29 Jul 09
regardless of the side, she had only 20 followers, what kind of damage cost her tweet? plus, how she can prove mold after she moved out? the company is the big looser now...because of "sue first" statement...
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
29 Jul 09
wow they are crazy!! but everyone has to be careful now what they say online. bosses are letting workers go cause they are following them on Tweeter. i just think that you should able to say what you want to say. as long as it doesn't come back to bite you in the a$$
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
29 Jul 09
maybe they would like to go after everyone...poor girl end up closing her account on Twitter....
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@YoungInLove (1254)
• Canada
29 Jul 09
SI she actually getting sued? Personally, Id like to think because there are so many social networks out there now, that companys would start stepping up their game because now there are many different ways word of mouth can get around. Instead of suing others for badtalking their company. If its a dangerous living situation, then id write about it, if the landlords a d*ck, id write about it. Its like being a food critique, theyre just giving an opinion so others know if its worth it or not. Its the company's fault for half @$$INg their services, not the girls fault for sharing her opinion about it. Thats just rediculous.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
29 Jul 09
I couldn't agree with you more...it should be place to complain, maybe health department....but so if someone is desperate, because the don't know where to go... If they make all of us furious about, there is no one who would like to rent from them.....such a "landlord"...
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
31 Jul 09
that is really strange what if she can prove there is mold in her aptment?? they can lose business easily she has the right to tweet if the management doesn't listen to her if management is worried about reputation they should also tweet lol funny I like that word tweet tweet like birds in the morning only in this case it must be heck annoying
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
31 Jul 09
They are searching for trouble...people are writing blogs that are far more popular than single tweed....
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
2 Aug 09
I still laugh over this tweet and tweet back :) reminds me of sylvester and tweety the realty being sylvester catch first then ask :)
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
30 Jul 09
WOW.. really scary. I should be more careful about what I tweet in future. Anyway, I rarely talk about my workplace or mentioning my company name.. I think it's best to make sure that tweets are nothing but of our own daily snippets, without involving 3rd parties. If not, situation can be tricky in this instance.. Sometimes the ongoing of the world scares me..we have to thread carefully all the time. Thanks for sharing this news.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
31 Jul 09
yes, we have to be very careful...
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
1 Aug 09
That's right..
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
6 Aug 09
this seems a little over the top. I think it is the david and goliath all over again. the big bad company agaist the litte guy. Yes she had the right to espress herself but was it slander? that is the question sicne the company complained about the rep being runined.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
6 Aug 09
I think they are big losers....
@bunnybon7 (37671)
• Holiday, Florida
31 Jul 09
i think good for her. she is speaking up where it needs to be seen. people are getting taken by these things like selling and renting homes with mold. i've heard it can cause damage so bad to people sometimes its a lifetime of pain and suffering.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
31 Jul 09
you are right, mold is very bad for people....
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
30 Jul 09
Thats a bunch of crap, mold can be very dangerous and it can even kill you.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
30 Jul 09
yes, it is right...they want to sure her to get noticed....