It can a be a bit of a shock to your system when you click on your friend's Facebook profile out of good ol' fashion online curiosity and you find you no longer have access. Could it be? Yes, you've been de-friended.
One woman in Des Moines, Iowa, was so distraught over being de-friended -- among other Facebook issues -- that she may have burned down her "friend's" house. The Des Moines Register calls it the apparent motive in this arson case.
According to the report, Jennifer Christine Harris, 30, was arrested on the charge of arson of the first degree and placed on $100,000 bail. The fire broke out on Oct. 27 in the wee hours of the morning while the family was still sleeping inside but no one was injured.
The Register's report continues:
Officers asked Jim Rasmussen if anyone would want to harm him of his family and he provided the name Jennifer “Jen” Harris. He said Harris was a long-time friend of his wife but they were now involved in a dispute.
A police report says that when an officer asked Nikki Rasmussen about Jen Harris, Rasmussen said “… the two are no longer friends due to a dispute over Facebook. According to Nikki, Jen is angry with her because she ended their friendship on Facebook.”
The dispute goes deeper than just de-friending. According to Police Detective Jack Kamerick, as reported by the Register, the dispute was sparked by a Facebook event that the women were going host. With few respondents, the event was looking like it would be a "bust". From there text messages and Facebook defriending ensued.