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Her Grandmother Wouldn't 'Friend' Her on Facebook. Her Alleged Response: Committing a Felony.

Rachel Anne Hayes. (Image via Pinellas County Sheriff's Department)

Respect your elders?

Before one can offer respect, one must back up to the "Don't slap your elders for insanely stupid reasons" stage.

The saga of 27-year-old Rachel Anne Hayes of Clearwater, Florida, should serve as a cautionary tale for those who get wrapped up in their online personae.

On Thursday, Hayes was arrested after allegedly slapping a 72-year-old woman in the face because the older woman wouldn't add her as a friend on Facebook, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Rachel Anne Hayes. (Image via Pinellas County Sheriff's Department) Rachel Anne Hayes. (Image via Pinellas County Sheriff's Department)

The New York Daily News added a crucial piece of information to the story: the elderly woman was Hayes' own grandmother.

Apparently, Hayes' Facebook name was too obscene for her grandmother's taste, but the grandmother offered that she would add her as a Facebook friend if she changed the name.

Hayes, who was allegedly drunk during the morning encounter, initially left her grandmother's house before returning and slapping the woman several times in the doorway of the home.

The grandmother was able to get inside and lock Hayes outside, the Times reported.

Hayes, who has previously been arrested for a DUI, for probation violation and for disorderly conduct, now faces a felony charge of aggravated battery on an elderly person, the Post reported.

(H/T: WPIX-TV)

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