Some people rely on Facebook for many things. It's a social networking tool that nearly everyone uses. For Karen Beth Young of Maryland, her access to Facebook was worth driving across the country for.
Young was banned from Facebook in July because her use of it was against terms of service. The notice she received from Facebook reads the following:
Young decided to appeal anyway – by hopping into her station wagon and driving all the way from Maryland to Facebook's office in California.
Amusingly, the Facebook receptionist wasn't impressed by her cross-country trek. “She told me, ‘Oh, people have driven farther than you, from Canada,’” said Young.
Young filled out a form and her account was reinstated – much to her joy, but discovered that she was banned again by the time she returned back home to Maryland.
She wasn't without fault, however, as she used Facebook for more than talking with friends. Since she joined in February 2010, she had amassed more than 4,000 friends, most of whom she did not know. She used the site to promote cancer awareness.
Young is now suing Facebook for violation of her constitutional rights, and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. You see, Young suffers from bipolar disorder.
The legal system doesn't appear to be swayed by her claims. California Judge Jeremy Fogel wrote, “As presently drafted, the complaint appears to be without merit in that it fails to set forth a cognizable claim. The remaining claims do not explain adequately how Plaintiff’s rights have been violated and the legal basis upon which relief may be granted.”