PHILADELPHIA - Picture this: you are riding on a train, riding a bus or taking a flight for two hours. A man near you is sitting with his friends, and you overhear their conversation. You believe the man is bragging about his multiple marital affairs. Would you post the experience to Facebook?
One woman in Philadelphia did, and her post was shared more than 180,000 times, according to the United Kingdom publication, U.K. Mail Online.
According to the article posted June 8th, a woman named Steph Strayer wrote, "If this is your husband, I have endured a 2 hour train ride from Philadelphia listening to this loser and his friends brag about their multiple affairs and how their wives are too stupid to catch on. Oh please repost..."
A photo of a man was attached to the post.
The story has captured attention on social media, as the questions are posed: should social media "shaming" be considered bullying? Where should a line be drawn? Is posting identifying information an ugly personal attack with a rush to judgment? Or is it fair to "punish" a perceived wrongdoer, who may or may not ever see your online post?
Online opinions have been varied.
Some say anyone who would brag about a marital affair in public should expect the consequences. Others say the man is unlikely to cheat again because of the expansive online posts. Some say the social media behavior is abusive and should be considered "bullying." Some have commented that people should mind their own business and involve themselves in conversations that don't include them. Some question if the story is true, and say, if the posting was untrue or misleading that it could be grounds for a lawsuit. Even more question the judgment of the poster, suggesting the man's wife could be "shamed" by the post as well.
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