Facebook Ruined My Life, Now They Must Pay

Should a ginormous corporation be allowed to humiliate a child and profit from her pain? Could $167,000,000 in compensation even begin to make up for her suffering? We can only hope so.

I give you, Exhibit A

Oh, the humanity

Oh, the humanity

What’s the first thing you notice about this picture? (Besides the vast number of people piled onto 2 chairs.) Your eyes are drawn to the child on the right.

She sits alone. Two skinned knees are proof of a life spent tripping and bumping into coffee tables, and it’s not hard to see why.  Her cats-eyes glasses hint at the weak eyes beneath, while her chubby body attests to a complete lack of athletic skills. Her hand-me-down dress is so short the viewer can practically see both London AND France. From the top of her head (uneven hack-job on too-short bangs) to the soles of her feet (in black knee-socks perpetually sagging at the ankles,) she is a living, breathing “kick me” sign.

Can you imagine the misery this 10-year-old child experienced? I can.  For I am that child.

I mean, I used to be that child.  Modern-day me is successful, witty and urbane – a female version of that guy in the Dos Equis beer commercials.  10-year-old me and the torment she endured is buried deep in the mists of time, and that’s where I want her to stay. Is that too much to ask?

Facebook seems to think so.

They recently posted this picture for the whole world to see.  Being confronted by my childhood misery was like having a Band-Aid ripped off an old wound. It took the scab of time (along with a couple of hairs) off of memories I had blocked, and all the old feelings of hurt and rage came oozing out like blood and that clear liquid that looks like water, but nobody knows what it really is.

Facebook had a duty to protect me, they failed in that duty, and their failure caused me immeasurable pain. That is why I am suing them for $167,000,000.

“What about Facebook’s privacy settings?” you ask.

Pshaw.

They have some rudimentary filters, but I can’t figure them out – I’m over 50.  I don’t even know how to upload pictures. Every photo on my wall has been put there by “friends.” I let them tag me, but that doesn’t mean I want anyone to see all of those pictures.  This isn’t about privacy; it’s about flattery.

“Can’t we trust our friends to show us in the best light?” you ask.

Grow up.

Facebook “friends” aren’t REAL friends – nobody has 1,379 real friends. There may be a few on the list, but it’s mainly family members, co-workers, acquaintances and people you knew in the 10th grade. They don’t necessarily have your best interests at heart.

If Facebook’s facial recognition software is sophisticated enough to pick 10-year-old me out of a 40-year-old lineup, why haven’t they bothered to develop more useful programs? Clearly, they are more concerned with raking in the moolah than about protecting their trusting clients. That is why I am also asking the courts to force Facebook to develop an additional layer of “friend” protection filters like:

Photo Bombed Recognition: Slack mouth, eyes at half-mast, goofy grin – we can all tell when someone is drunk, so why can’t Facebook?   Each of our accounts should have a “Do You Really Want This Posted? REALLY??” pending photo file, where pictures identified as questionable are sent for review.  That gives the tagged person a chance to sober up and realize that engaging in midget jello wrestling at the bar last night may not have been their best decision.   At any rate, the pictorial evidence is probably not something they want their mother to see on their wall.

Motivation Recognition: Why is your “friend” posting this picture? Is it a co-worker going after the same promotion? A sibling who always resented the fact that mom and dad liked you better?  Facebook should be able to recognize the tagger’s motive.  It should block the malicious and self-serving, and only let through pictures taken by the pure of heart.

Shar-pei Filter: How many times has a friend tagged you in a picture where she still looks like a high school cheerleader, and you look like Quasimodo? The one snapped just when you were saying something to the cameraman so your hand is half-raised and your mouth is open like you’re about to barf? The shot taken from such a bad angle that you look like you have more wrinkles and folds than a Shar-pei?   Pictures should be automatically Photoshopped, taking out any offending elements and making us look 20 pounds lighter and 10 years younger.

Career Killer Filter: That photo of you proudly wearing the beer pong championship crown will probably not tip the scales in your favor when your boss is looking for someone to take over the San Francisco office.   Especially since the crown on your head is the pair of tighty-whities you were wearing elsewhere on your body at the start of the game.  Into the “Do You Really Want This Posted? REALLY??” file it goes.

My attorney, Huey Dewey, came up with the $167 million figure.   That’s $100 million to cover the expenses of the crack legal team at Dewey, Cheatum & Howe, and $67 million for me – $1 million for each of my 67 Facebook friends who witnessed this humiliation.

Remember when that lady sued McDonald’s because they showed a total lack of concern for the safety of the public, motivated solely by corporate greed, and served hot coffee that was… hot?  The courts awarded her the equivalent of 1 day of McDonald’s coffee receipts. It was symbolic.

That’s what we’re going for with our cash demand.  We want to send a message.  We want to teach Facebook a lesson. And we want $167,000,000.

You may be thinking, “How much humiliation could you have suffered since only 67 people saw the picture?”  I figure this is just the tip of the shame iceberg.  This is just the sort of picture that becomes a meme.   It will probably go viral.   Soon half the interwebz will be racking up LOLs at the expense of poor, pitiful young me.

Mr. Dewey is optimistic, but he warned that a big company like Facebook has a warehouse of lawyers at their beck and call.   Justice may not prevail.  That’s why we had to have a backup plan.   We are also suing my sister, Lib, who posted the picture, and my aged parents for letting 10-year-old me leave the house looking like that.   The sheriff will serve them with the papers right after Dad gets home from dialysis.

Nothing personal, guys.

I’m not doing this for selfish reasons; I’m doing it for all of YOU. I want to save you from  experiencing pain like this, which has become like a millstone around my neck.  So much pain that I am now forced to wear a padded, cervical collar on the advice of my attorney…er, I mean doctor.

Join with me in urging Facebook to settle out of court and save us all the unpleasantness of a trial.  It’s not about money; it’s about doing the right thing.  $167,000,000 won’t dry the tears of a heart-broken child. But it will buy quite a few boxes of Kleenex.

What other edits does Facebook need?

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303 Responses to Facebook Ruined My Life, Now They Must Pay

  1. Maybe it can be a class-action lawsuit – anyone over 50 can sign up. Count me in. But just between us, you posted the alleged damaging image yourself just now., which Mr. Dewey may have to work harder (and take more of that $167 million) to win….

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  2. mistyslaws says:

    I think they’re getting off light! That poor child must have suffered extreme emotional anguish and I’m sure, to this day, has racked up millions in therapist expenses just trying to deal with the pain and humiliation of looking like THAT. Go for broke, Peg. That poor awkward girl deserves nothing less!

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  3. susielindau says:

    I think it’s a pretty classic 1970’s photo, but I don’t see how Facebook found it. Pretty scary to think my 8th grade photo could surface someday! YIKES!!!

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  4. This is a genius idea! I happen to be friends with a bunch of people who have perfected the art of the selfie and the skinny photo arm. next to them I look like the Michelin Tyres man, on a fat day, eating a cake. They still put the photo up though because they look good. Rage!!!

    Good luck!

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  5. Nobody can post a picture I’m tagged in unless I okay it. But I think you just blew your case by posting your picture here. 😦

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  6. momshieb says:

    Awesome idea…..thinking back on what my siblings have posted lately, I’m gonna be a zillionnaire!
    Plus, my family is actually being featured in a book of “Awkward Family Photos”. Truth!

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  7. rachelocal says:

    If current Peg walked out of the house in the outfit 10-year-old Peg is wearing she would be quite on fashion trend. The cat eye glasses and hair cut are so hipster.

    Facebook is creepy and invasive. It kept urging me to tag friends in a recent photo album–several times even though I politely declined. How does it KNOW whose face is whose? SO creepy.

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  8. I despise Facebook and what you describe is one of the main reasons. Even if its a half-way decent picture, I don’t want it placed on my timeline by somebody else! I’ll control what’s on my timeline, thank you very much, and wouldn’t dream of doing it to anybody else. Isn’t this just basic courtesy? I don’t like the “curation of self” aspect of it all.

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    • pegoleg says:

      I know I could block all photos, but I don’t want to do that. I just want the ones where I look good to be allowed on my wall. Pretty basic stuff, really.

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  9. joehoover says:

    I’m happily posting my youthful pics on Facebook right now since I realised I have great dress sense in them, much more than I do now. (I have none now) I had a nice line in Nordic sweaters, dungarees, Muppets tees, and hats. I can only dream of being so style savvy these days.

    And judging by your look in these photos it has also come back round, I see girls at gigs dressed like this all the time, you were a trendsetter Peg, don’t you forget it!

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  10. Elyse says:

    Actually, Peg, I think that 10-year-old you was the height of hip at that age. Carefully distancing yourself from the rest of the family who would, you knew even then, be a constant source of embarrassment to you for as long as you live. Well done. I wish I’d thought of that.

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  11. Let me know if the suit succeeds, and I will start one of my own. Not only have some of my childhood pictures been posted on FB by friends and family members, one of my kids actually had the nerve to post a picture of me NOW (gee, she couldn’t have used the one of me when she was born 30 years ago and I was 50 lbs lighter?). I’d also be willing to join in a class action suit, if that works better for everyone. So looking forward to getting some kind of settlement to help in someday retirement.

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  12. I’ll take a cut of your $67,000,000, since you’ve posted some terrible pics of me from Dad’s vault.
    If only the youngsters raised with self-absorbed selfy-taking realized how those moments of glee could come back and bite them in the proverbial arse.
    Thanks for your humanitarian effort to educate the masses!

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    • pegoleg says:

      No terrible pics have been posted by ME. I don’t know how to do that. Blame the younger sibs. But I’ll still toss you a thousand if my suit is successful.

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  13. It’s the same situation as a smoker trying to sue big tobacco for their smoking related illness. None of us have to use Facebook. We all know Facebook is bad for our health. But, just like smoking, we overlook the pleasure it gives or the beneficial aspects. I won’t use Facebook in my private capacity, but I use it extensively for protest and information sharing for a “cause”.

    Someone in USA, just won a huge amount from Big Tobacco because her HUSBAND smoked! Now if that can happen, I reckon you have a good chance in your suit. Crazier things have happened.

    Trouble is, the photo you shared, looks delightfully normal to me. No one cares what you looked like except you.

    Enjoyed your post and had a good laugh – thank you.

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  14. So many things to comment on here, but my brain is fried today so forgive me for rambling, Peggomine. First off: that photo of that darling child in the snazzy glasses? Beyond adorable. So freaking adorable that I think I might have to start a new meme campaign featuring that photo. Oh yes, I will.

    Also, you are so right, Facebook owes me big time bucks. Not for exploiting my old childhood photos, but for allowing my so-called friends and family show the world what I look like today. Do you know how many times a photo of me has been plastered up there featuring my double and triple chins and turkey waddle neck? And I’m always at this horrible unflattering angle with my mouth wide open or I’m about to shovel food into my gullet. Sure, it may be true I always look like that, but that’s not the point. The point is Facebook is pure evil.

    And I love love love reading your posts, this one put me into a good mood again and I laughed out loud and for that I thank you Miss Pegoliciousness.

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  15. notquiteold says:

    I’ve thought about suing WordPress. I posted a picture of me looking particularly horrible – to make a point about how far I have come in 35 years. i figured maybe 12 people would see it. WordPress decided that should be my first Freshly Pressed. Eleven thousand people saw it. Gee, thanks.

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  16. List of X says:

    Ummm, so if I add you as a friend on Facebook, do I get $1 million? Or can we at least split it 50-50? I already saw the picture so the damage is already done.

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  17. I take the opposite approach, I put them out there myself and take the ‘shock and awe’ out of it. I think you are adorable Peg, what is the problem.

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  18. Believe me I could give you a run for your money on the “awkward” style choices. You at 10 look like a fashion model compared to 10 year old me. This is the first time I have really appreciated all my childhood photos being lost in a flood.

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    • pegoleg says:

      None of those incriminating photos made it on the ark, eh? Yeah, sure. I believe that.

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      • I kid you not. Just before my Mom passed we had a big flood in the basement of the dive we had moved into. I can still remember her standing in the middle of the stairs watching all the boxes of our memories going under. The only pictures we have of her before we were born and they came from relatives. I have maybe 4 pictures of me that I found when cleaning out an old Uncle’s belongings after he passed. Honestly, I would love to have a photo like yours of our family.

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  19. I closed my face book account. I suggest you do the same. It’s about as much work as suing a multimillionaire and his corporation and takes about as much time, but (if you do it yourself) it’s totally free! 🙂

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  20. Blogdramedy says:

    If you ask me you’re not digging deep enough. Reach your hand into Facebook’s other pocket and squeeze. Hard.

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  21. Shannon says:

    This post is the ONLY reason I might like Facebook. There are still photos out there on FB that I deleted more than five years ago. Like the old Vegas line, what happens on Facebook STAYS on Facebook. That’s forever, you know?

    PS — that may be the cutest child-forced-to-take-awkward-family-photo I’ve seen lately. Would make a great greeting card caption contest. Just sayin.

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  22. aaforringer says:

    Let me see, right click, choose Save Image As…, save on the pictures section, wait a day to be inspired with a clever saying, post on Facebook, after I firgure out how to make a Meme.

    You will be famous soon, 🙂 (No I would not do that, I like you too much and would not want to go to war with you.)

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  23. Better late than never, I have no idea how I missed this gem when it was originally posted.
    It’s clear that Facebook ruined what was already a difficult life. The group dynamics suggest that you were an outsider in your own family, possibly due to your fondness for Aunt Edna’s famous home made baked beans. You’re not alone Peg-O! We love you (and Aunt Edna’s beans too).

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    • pegoleg says:

      You mistake the situation, Dave. It was the REST of the family who couldn’t stay away from Aunt Edna’s beans. Something about her secret ingredient….phew.

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      • Tar-Buns! What say you to these accusations?!

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        • HA ha. One brother was very adept at slyly dropping SBDs (silent but deadlys). Lord only knows what he ate to produce such odiferous fumes. It was especially tormenting when all 11 of us were packed in the green station wagon, fondly referred to as the sardine mobile by our neighbors.
          But, I digress. Peg was angelic as a little girl and grew up to be a beautiful woman, inside and out. Forget about the Chubb-ette store. Some memories are too painful to address but we survived, ’cause “I got all my sisters with me!” Sing it folks 🙂
          Now I’m off to BC to hang out with another sister and reminisce about the state basketball championship our high school won 40 years ago. Wish you could come, Pegomysista!

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        • pegoleg says:

          She’s right. Our brothers were the masters at dropping stink bombs. The male of the species – it was ever thus.

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  24. Carrie Rubin says:

    Yep. Nothing is private, is it? Like you, I don’t really post many pics of my own–most of them are what others have put up. And they’re rarely pretty. I agree on the mandatory photoshop thing. 🙂 That’s the least FB could do when our less-than-flattering pics end up out there for the world to see.

    Thank you, technology. Such progress you’ve given us…

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  25. Jan Moyer says:

    Fantastic.
    Can you counsel me on my case against too many recipe shares? I’m launching it on behalf of all humanity.

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    • pegoleg says:

      That’s a tough one. Although we just got done with an office potluck featuring crockpot mac and cheese that was a recipe share, so there can be a silver lining…

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  26. amelie88 says:

    I was not too thrilled with family pictures either at that age. There is a family picture of my parents and my sister and I sitting in our family room. My sister was about 2, she looks mad as hell standing up glaring directly into the camera, it’s disconcerting to see how much rage she could convey at that young age. I’m sitting down and doing my best to turn away with this look of sheer terror (I may have been afraid of the photographer). My parents are smiling but it is so completely opposite to how my sister and I look, it makes for an interesting family picture (though it has nothing to do with family dynamics!). This picture hasn’t made its way on FB yet but I’m surprised it hasn’t.

    And the cat eye glasses are totally back in! My supervisor at work wears a pair of them. Also I think that’s a Peter Pan collar on your dress? That was last year’s big fashion trend too so clearly you were ahead of the game! I had to do a double take at your brother (that is your brother right??) wearing the red turtleneck sitting on the back of the couch–looks exactly like my mom’s brothers at that age!

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  27. Those short bangs and Peter Pan collars…nooooo. All that buried so deep only to surface (hopefully seeing the long term results will prevent those from coming back and tormenting others) Jury selection of your peers – age matters! Only those who suffered can be fair
    Facebook is a nightmare of endless Jr High.

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  28. Freakin’ Facebook. I’m constantly untagging myself when people decide to reminisce (<—-I know that's spelled wrong, but the baby is sleeping so there's no time for a dictionary). My grandmother recently dropped off about a dozen picture albums with pics and clippings from birth to now, and I refuse to let Kiefer or anyone see anything between grades 4-10.

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  29. Hey! Look who’s FPd, again! Woo hoo! Way to go, Peggles. I’m so happy for you!
    Let’s hope it stays up top over the long weekend and many new peoples find your extreme talent 🙂

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  31. galluna says:

    Reblogged this on ARTISTS UNITE and commented:
    This is complete and utter bullshit. This woman is suing Facebook for a picture that was posted for reasons clearly other than to humiliate you. To be completely honest, I view this woman as a selfish bitch. I see a grown up ungrateful, shameless bitch in this post. You act as if those horribly done bangs who no one honestly gives two shits about are so humiliating? Well guess what lady. there are people getting humiliated for the way they look everyday. Kids get made fun of my MILLIONS let alone your 67 friends who you actually had on Facebook. And just to be clear, you could have asked your sister to politely take down this image, but wait you did not. And for what? For your OWN selfish benefits. Let’s just look at all the cases of people being humiliated on Facebook, and other social networks in the last few months, not even years, we may actually be able to go down to a few days, hours, or even minutes ago. This is completely ridiculous. And no one should even be allowed to sue for something this stupid.

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  32. I think this article is fabulous. If I had £1.00 for every awful, humiliating photograph that was posted of me by others on Facebook then I’d have, well, probably about £100 but that’s not the point. I think 167 million may ease the pain slightly. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed – well deserved (the only down side being that you’ll have to deal with comments like the one above).

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  33. LOL Thank goodness for FP, it is how I luck onto the very best blogs like this one.

    Sorry to be a third-party contributor to your suffering but I’ve already shared this post to my wall, so it will be making the rounds on FB, yet again.

    As for the “Shar-pei Filter”, I think you deserve an award for that idea! if they do add it, I think you should be in for a cut of the BF profits as that is a brilliant idea! You may want to let the law offices at Dewey, Cheatum & Howe know about the suggestion, so they can start the paperwork for your new revenue stream.

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    • pegoleg says:

      Wouldn’t an auto Photoshop be great? I’ll be sure to demand my share of the proceeds when Facebook gets around to instituting that. Thanks for the kind comments.

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      • See I thought about the Photoshop option, but seriously… with over 70 family members on my FB friends list from elder siblings of mine and younger siblings of my late husband, three generations of cousins, nieces, nephews, a grand nephew to my own kids, kids I adopted as mine and their kids… I know danged well that what few decent pictures exist of me on the Internet would end up with Forest Green hair, 70s blue eye-shadow, punk hairstyles and more. Not that I have not rocked each of those looks over the decades… but all at the same time in one picture might be a bit much.

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  34. ghost writer says:

    I’m sorry that’s happened to you sites aren’t safe any more I wish the best..

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  35. Mary K. says:

    Wow-this is a dangerous hobby.You are great at what you do and we take it all with a grain of salt,although I’d get revenge on Lib!

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    • pegoleg says:

      I AM getting revenge on Lib – I’m suing her. Although the first she learns of it will be when the papers are served since she hasn’t read this post.
      Thanks, Miss Toad.

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  36. Mary K. says:

    Maybe a Alfred Dunner care package. Goodwill-here we come!

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  37. danielayofe says:

    I love this! Count me in!

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  38. This is why I hate social networks at times, privacy is a big concern when it comes to internet. I hope you get over the humiliation, I feel really bad for you, I know how it feels, when we try to bury the past and someone always brings it up somehow…

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  39. The only edit Facebook needs are a series of drop database statements, an “rm -rf /” on all its servers, and the liquidation of all its assets.

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  40. jader3rd says:

    Facebook had a duty to protect me
    Wait, what? Facebook has no duty to protect you. Facebook wasn’t started with the idea that it was protecting anyone. Facebook has never been given the duty to protect anything. The only duty Facebook has is to create product (users) to sell to its customers (advertisers). That’s it. That’s their duty. If you don’t like being a product to be sold to mega-corps, don’t use Facebook.

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    • pegoleg says:

      I’ve been on WordPress for 4 years, which is like 50 years in social media terms. It used to be there were only about 10 tags used to classify posts, and one of them was “Humor.” That helped those who were born without the humor gene to tell if what they were reading was supposed to be funny. Now that WordPress uses about 47,000 different tags, such people are really at a loss. It breaks my heart.

      That is why I’m asking WordPress to implement a new program of assigning a Funny Buddy to people like you. Your Funny Buddy will be able to explain the key differences between “serious” and “humorous” and provide the aid you so desperately need when reading posts. Until then, just hold on. Help is on the way.

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  41. leahrennes says:

    sorry i didn’t find it in the article… who exactly posted the photo?

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  42. Delaney Rhea says:

    I have the amazing ability yo look drunk in pictures even when I’m sober. I’ve given up trying to appear beautiful on social media…

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  43. If you’re doing it for all of us, just send me my check in the mail. Thanks.

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  44. I have a setting on my Facebook where each picture has to be approved before appearing on the Timeline. I know it’s a bit extra work but it removes that risk. The other day an acquaintance tagged me (and other friends) on a picture that was just of bottles of alcohol. I didn’t drink at the event, plus I have parents/relatives on Facebook. I’m really glad I was able to just delete the photo. (She didn’t do it maliciously, but I felt she was careless in doing so.)

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  45. carmen says:

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! However, it means even more people will see your photo, such as me, a Facebook user since 2008 and I’ve never seen your photo before. 😉

    Great article and and I love the automatic Photoshop idea. 🙂

    Happy Labour Day weekend! 🙂

    ❤ carmen

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  46. Congrats on being FP. I do not have Facebook account and never will. I figure if the people that know me want to find out what is going on in my life, they can send an old fashioned email or call. By the way, I was a near sighted 10 year old with cat eye glasses and crooked bangs. Oh, what memories. Add a training bra to the mix.

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  47. PiedType says:

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. It’s a trip, isn’t it?

    As for “What other edits does Facebook need?” A big fat “Delete” button. No, not a “Delete Account” button. That’s useless; they already have all your info. What’s needed is a big fat “Delete” button to delete Facebook. All of it. It’s evil. It uses people. The only reason it’s free is because its product is your information which is given, traded, or sold to others.

    I hope you win your suit. I really do. There are far, far too many other people out there just like you who’ve been hurt, humiliated, divorced, fired, or otherwise had their lives ruined by Facebook.

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    • pegoleg says:

      To tell the truth, I’m kidding about the suit. I can take Facebook or leave it. I think it only has that much power if people get too involved with it. Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

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  48. Huffygirl says:

    At least you”re safe here on WordPress. Hardly anyone will see your version of said humiliating photo here. Oh wait, wasn’t this just Freshly Pressed? 🙂

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  49. buenjerry says:

    I don’t think this is not about money, but anyway, you’ll have to prove your “tears of a heart-broken child” first. Please, grow up!

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  50. LaVagabonde says:

    I guess that you’re kidding about the suit, but did Facebook really recognize your 10 year old face? If so, that’s beyond creepy. I totally deleted my account when they started that facial recognition (automatic tagging) stuff. Anyway, I think you looked like an interesting kid. I woulda totally hung with ya.

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  51. kelechi15 says:

    Reblogged this on kelechi15.

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  52. mummabw says:

    This is classic – You actually had me going for a split second!! The serving of papers after Dads dialysis was very clever!
    Great read – will have to check out your other posts.

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  53. juhaotava says:

    I am from Europe, Finland. The court cases in USA are great fun here, people stargazing it really is possible to sue a company because of serving hot coffee, what kind of country is that. The other side is I believe pranks and humour is too easily taken seriously and as true examples. I’m already counting when this post spreads in FB “Murica, again + lol & facepalm”.

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  54. dianalipford says:

    I get tagged in the photos that show my absolute worst side. Does anyone own a photo of me where my eyes aren’t shut? Great read! 🙂

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  55. Heather says:

    Oh my goodness!
    Your title intrigued me and I was nearly halfway through the post before the satirical nature finally set in. Point well made, but it is somewhat discouraging to realize that you could even put this up in mockery of a very real attitude that is held by many people.

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  56. Congrats on being FP again! I think it’s comical that some people thought this was serious – I guess they were born without the humor gene. 😀

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  58. Elyse says:

    Peg, I just wrote a post about the humor challenged folks not getting that you were ummm, joking.

    What is the world coming from when you, my hilarious friend, are taken serious.

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  59. I wasn’t drawn to you on the odimon at all. I was more drawn to your mom. Keep us posted on the lawsuit I’d like to know how that works out.

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  60. Laura says:

    I managed to miss this the first time around, and when it was FP’d, but I finally saw it linked from Elyse’s post. Three times is a charm, I guess.

    Congrats on being FP’d and, um, enjoy all the comments.

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  61. This is one of the many reasons that I do not use Facebook. I tried it for a short time, realized it was evil, and dropped it like a hotcake about five years ago. My wife loves it, though, so to each her own.

    While I appreciate your humorous intent, Peg, I’d like to see a class action lawsuit like this for real. As we know, many a truth was uttered in jest.

    Uncle Guac

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  62. Reblogged this on Live, Laugh, Love and commented:
    BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU POST ON FACEBOOK!

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  63. pstatiana says:

    I stopped reading at “Grow up”. You apparently have not. Growing up means a lot more than being able to afford an attorney. If you don’t know how to use Facebook, you shouldn’t be there.

    I honestly hope Facebook’s attorneys suck you dry of your lifesavings.

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    • pegoleg says:

      Probably not gonna happen. I’m fabulously wealthy and can afford to drag this thing out for years…until someone posts a picture of me drooling in my Depends on the porch at Shady Acres. Then I’ll sue them for posting THAT!

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  64. worzelodd says:

    I grew up looking like an unmade bed and still do, clothing and shoes are for practical reasons only, to keep cool, warm and cover the iggly bits. All my childhood photos were hideous, but they did not make me . I was out having adventure and fun rather than worry what others thought.

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  65. Oh thanks so much for this article, it’s fantastic! Am I allowed to say it’s hilarious and that it made me chuckle? What’s even more interesting is that one of my next planned blogs was going to be an encouragement about laughing at ourselves, together with the worst picture of me pasted at the top of my blog.

    So, to make you feel better, I’ll send you the link when it’s posted so you can at least have a good laff at someone else.

    On a more serious note, I do see your point about people posting embarrassing things on the FB walls of others. I have to admit that I did something similar a few months ago but again, the motive was me laughing at me. I was wearing a shell suit. However, my friend, although decently attired, was mortified and wanted to know why I placed the offending pic on her wall, instead of my own.

    So you have a point. And I do hope that you have recovered from your traumatic past. I am assuming, as you have re-posted your family snapshot on yet another social site, that you are truly over the memories and have a great sense of humour.

    May I re-blog this at some point or do you really not want this to go viral? It’s one of the best blogs ive read in a long time and…… I really do hope you get awarded that money. Go for it!

    Xx

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    • pegoleg says:

      Thanks for visiting. Feel free to reblog – I’m just kidding about the lawsuit; in fact I’m just kidding, period. Although it IS a confirmed fact that my “friends” only post great pictures of themselves and hideous pictures of me. 🙂

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      • I figured you were joking which made it all the funnier, but I was shocked at some comments people sent you which I don’t think were jokes – one in particular, I was downright appalled at. Some lady who said she stopped reading after the ‘grow up’ bit, then proceeded with a tirade of insults. What’s wrong with people? Thankfully, most folks got the joke, saw the funny side and shared in your wonderful humour. It’s a shame you aren’t suing though ☺️

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  66. mayority says:

    1. You are right, no one has 1,379 real friends. And,
    2. I didn’t know Facebook had (have) a facial recognition software. One that could pick out your face out of “40-YEAR-OLD” lineup. Sounds creepy, if you ask me.

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    • pegoleg says:

      In the interest of full disclosure, it was my sister who tagged me. And I’m just fooling about all of this. But my hubby recently posted a pic of our kids when they were little and Facebook IDd our now-25-year-old daughter when she was only 4. Creepy indeed.

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  67. mayority says:

    Reblogged this on mayorityz' and commented:
    Interesting post! Thought to reblog it.
    The facial recognition part creeps me out, though.

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  68. Im sorry that happened to you, facebook does suck! and also, just to let you know, first thing I saw on the picture is the face of one of the kids crying in the sofa. 🙂

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  69. just me says:

    I LOVE THIS! (Sorry for shouting, I couldn’t help myself). But my most favoritest part are the people have commented thinking you’re serious. Thanks for the giggle. I love your “funny buddy” idea. Let’s do it. I volunteer as tribute!

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  70. Libertarian says:

    I am not afraid of these lawsuit threats… I have MANY more shots from that era in your life, Peg-O. I will keep them hidden from view for just $2.5 million.

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  71. sonatano1 says:

    If Facebook could edit itself out of existence, that would be pretty good.

    Great article, though! Only thing I’d comment on is the mention of the McDonald’s coffee case. This is one that, perhaps understandably, is brought up as a wildly frivolous lawsuit that somehow netted the plaintiff a huge award. The reality is very different. The plaintiff was burned by what her lawyers showed to be coffee that was way too hot, maybe to mask its poor quality. She received serious burns that required hospitalization, which wouldn’t have happened had the coffee been served at a more typical heat. And even then, the plaintiff only sued for 20K – just about covering her medical bills. McD’s refused to settle, and it was the jury that slapped the corporation with the 2 million + award. So I feel like the plaintiff in this case got a really bad rap for no reason at all.

    Sorry, this is the law student talking. Again, great article.

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  73. imurangl says:

    We all have pictures either we post or our friends post that are unflattering. It doesn’t change the facts that whether posted or not that was us during that time of our lives. Deal with it. Accept it and move on! Leave Facebook out of your crappy childhood. Mine was crappy too! Move on and make your crappy childhood better as an adult. If you’re 50 you should know this already. Stop hating Facebook

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    • pegoleg says:

      Have you heard the expression “tongue in cheek?” According to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary it means:
      in a way that is not serious and that is meant to be funny
      : with insincerity, irony, or whimsical exaggeration

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  74. Jac Israel says:

    Reblogged this on Jac Israel blogger. and commented:
    This is a must read

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  75. eleharty says:

    Reblogged this on misplacing my modifier and commented:
    This is a fantastic post- I’m especially loving her Shar-Pei filter idea for Facebook. Someone should get on that.

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  76. Anthony says:

    Facebook hasn’t ruined my life (yet) but it has given my students ideas that they can find me at midnight wanting my help with some project of theirs. Maybe FB should have a time out rule, just like my professors had “office hours”.

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  77. Rambling says:

    You should be ashamed, the picture that is so painful to look back on is your past. Every part of it made you who you are today. If you consider yourself a success then you should be even more thankful to your parents and friends who challenged your sense of worth which apparently caused you to look deeper within to find that strong powerful modern women you see in the mirror.
    There is also a difference between the McDonalds Case and yours, that cup of coffee is something that she paid for and with that comes some expectation of quality and consistency. Although I don’t agree with the amount she received it was still a service she was paying for. Facebook is free and you have a choice to use it or not. If you don’t like it don’t use it. If you don’t like the picture you should be ashamed, as it is a piece of your success.
    Just for the record I do not want Facebook to get any richer, that’s why I don’t have one
    I look forward to hearing the outcome of your case.

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  78. Denise [But First, Live!] says:

    darn you FB!!! >.<

    good luck with everything! Let us know the outcome.

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  79. I love this:) I just started my facebook detox today. Wish me luck!!!!

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  80. Did you know people can download your pictures from facebook? And what does friends of friends mean and why do I want to know that someone liked a strangers baby’s pic. Privacy is a lost word because of facebook I have lost the right to call myself a private person!

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  81. It’s a cute picture, and Facebook isn’t private. Nothing we share on the internet is private. I would be most irritated by which ever friend or family member posted it in the first place. And if I posted it, it would be my fault.

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  82. worship999 says:

    This is ridiculous. There are people who are actually humiliated on Facebook, who are harassed and cyber-bullied, who actually become memes and a means for cheap laughs for millions of people. This is American privilege at its best (worst).

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  83. luwagga says:

    you will be fine

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  84. luwagga says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    you will be fine

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  85. This is the best thing I’ve ever read. Thank you for making my morning.

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  87. Mike says:

    Ok, you got me with the statement that you are the female version of that guy in the Dos Equis beer commercials. He is the most interesting man in the world after all!

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  88. So you post the picture on a public blog because ? This post will not help you win.

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  89. Oh my gosh, Peg. HOW on earth did I miss this????? Although, in my own defense, I did almost die this summer. But, this is beyond hilarious!!! That picture needs to be part of the “Awkward Family Pictures” series. You know those? You poor child. The knees, the socks, the bangs…I am so sorry for your pain. Congratulations of being pegged…I mean pressed again! Well deserved. 🙂

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  90. Hahahaha, I must make a meme of this! Then go make fun of the people who don’t recognize sarcasm or humor! Lol. That girl is one of my new favorites. Love ya, girl. Congrats on the FP.

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  91. joehoover says:

    Done! It was pretty easy to skim down and read the comments from the ones who didn’t get it. Hilarious! And anyway even if you were serious, who on earth would vehemently defend Facebook anyway like it’s a personal affront to them. Weird.

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    • pegoleg says:

      People are weird. Thanks goodness, or what else would we have to write about? Did you go to New York? I checked your place the other day for an update but didn’t see anything.

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      • joehoover says:

        My blog’s a ghost town, have had no muse for ages!

        I’m going to NY on the 10th October. It’s Open House weekend so I get to do London Open House first in September then to New York for there’s. I just like snooping around. One place is a warehouse of junk this guy’s collected that he found in people’s trash. And this is one of the thing’s I am looking forward to most hence I’m mentioning it now. Who needs to see Times Square, Statue of Liberty or the Empire State when I can look at some old tat.

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  92. Is this wordpress shit for real! Wow I had you a comment on article read and these idiots tossed me off or chrome! Haha! Sorry! You would not have liked what I said anyway

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  93. Rachel says:

    I’m a little late to the litigation party since you posted this back in July but this was an awesome read. Thank you! I avoided facebook for years but finally hopped on at the continued urging of far-away friends. What did I discover? A plethora of awkward childhood photos posted by my younger siblings (thanks guys). And that facial recognition business really is alarming. Yet I’m still on facebook. 🙂

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  94. Reblogged this on baileyandesther and commented:
    I’m amazed how many people were duped into believing this, they were probably on the McDonald’s jury. I left FB quickly, not wanting or understanding the friends list. It was getting awkward rejecting people, as I take the word ‘friend’ seriously. So I am an outcast amongst my ‘friends’ not knowing the latest news, but at 58 I like having friends who care enough to meet with me in person for lunch or tea rather than in that cyber-cafe. Regarding the pic, we all have one of those lurking in the box of old pictures!

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  96. Margie says:

    You just never know who is going to pop out of the woodwork when you get Freshly Pressed, do you?

    I’ve put my Freshly Pressed badge under a title that reads: Unrequested Disaster!

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  97. I see nothing wrong with that picture of yours. You actually look cool! So, what’s your problem. Again, you were not coerced to sign up with Facebook. You signed on your own volition. Hey!, what’s your problem, girl. Chill, and let Facebook be!!

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  98. My “friend” posted a pic of me, aged 7, dressed in full black face as a black and white minstrel at our school Xmas concert back in 1975. This is why I will never be Prime Minister.

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  99. Yeah…but who is that guy in the back and what is he holding? Is that a turtle?

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  100. barbtaub says:

    Susie sent me and I’m so glad she did! (I’ve been travelling for a day without wifi access, so I apologize for late post.) I hope Mr. Dewey has considered the benefits of making this a class action suit, because there’s this one picture of me eating a hot dog…

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  101. Dropping by from Susie’s party. I think I burned most of my childhood nerdy husky dorky fatty pics. Only my mom has some and thank gid she is not on facebook!

    Then again, I have so many dangerous pictures of myself up on my facebook site that the damage has already been done! Hope you win the cash and share the wealth with all who commented here! 🙂

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  102. Suzie sent me and very glad she did! Looking to read many more of your posts.
    Janine

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  103. Peg, move over. I’ll sit next to you on that foot stool. I was the outcast, couldn’t play sports, dressed like a dork, considered square and even retarded, lived in my own world, and my circle of friends were all nerds. I never got invited to parties (but nice people like Susie invites me to hers). I empathize with you deeply. I decided to become rich off of suing for everything that’s been done to me. But most of my mistakes have been my own, so I won’t win much if I sue myself. As for that Photoshop filter, let’s increase it to 30 pounds lighter and 40 years younger.
    As you know, lawyer firm names are proliferated with ampersands. My series is all about “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.” http://amperart.com

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  104. indianescort69 says:

    sweet family wooooooo really nice

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  105. You inspired me to write a post about my worst ever school photo. I even put the photo up.

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  106. helenj0303 says:

    Came over from the Susie Lindau site and boy am I glad I did so! Laugh out loud hilarious, hope you take em for all they got 😉

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  107. lbeth1950 says:

    Don’t forget to sue your parents for dressing you like that, the person who took the pic, and the company who developed it. Thy plotted together

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  109. Bebinne Mor says:

    Reblogged this on Waiting for Eternity … and commented:
    Another good reason to avoid facebook 🙂 Sooooo funny!

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  110. Bebinne Mor says:

    You obviously listen to Click and Clack the Tap-it Brothers. 🙂 LOL! This was so funny. You look like a sweet young girl at 10. Maybe the oldest in the family and what a large family. Your Mom looks like she’s handling you kids well. 😉 Thanks for the fun story. 🙂

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  111. Reblogged this on Light-bites For Your Heart and commented:
    I’m having a blast reading fantastic articles and this one made me laugh and cry. As far as I’m concerned, Peg-o-Leg can ramble on forever if she’s going to turn out stuff this good.

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  112. Amanda says:

    well i thought at first this story was pretty funny aswell, if only i could’nt see it from the otherside, see that photo was taken when? possibly back in the 70’s maybe 60’s? well the fashion back then is nothing to today’s standards lets face it, no one can apply 70’s law even when sueing and apply it in 2014 photo standards, even with the help of Adobe it just cannot be eareased and believe me no degree of editing cloning or a complete make-over can earase the 70’s fashion even in childhood. what where they thinking? well has someone commented above they think it’s neglect hmmm i think 70’s fashion and what was neglect back then?! to the posters parents if anything like here in the uk we never even had a social services system back in the 70’s i think it was just raising it’s ugly head actually around the time i was born back in the late 70’s lol and they decided for some strange reason that they could apply parents past to their children, of which i sit laughing when they try and do that to me even today, i’m the complete opposite to my mother but shhh don’t tell them that, i bring my children up way different to how i was brought up, so neglect was something you done to your housework when it was’nt up to scratch back then, some photo taken back in a time when nothing was known has it is today how can it bring so much heartache , because the dress is has my own mother would say ‘hand-me-down’ times back then?! but for that photo to be posted on facebook well just add facebook to the mix

    And so we who are damaged via one website will!

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  113. Amanda says:

    In the meantime whilst you await your compansation here’s a coffee 🙂

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