Nobody actually likes getting notifications on Facebook. After the initial “OH, I’M POPULAR!” spike of dopamine disappears after .02 seconds, all you’re left with is a friend request from your balding high school prom date and an invitation to an ensemble musical starring the members of a women’s wrestling league facing off against their demons, doubts, and dreams (a real event, if you haven’t gathered that already). But believe it or not, it can get worse than this. Just ask Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, a New York man who this week was served divorce papers – through his Facebook inbox.
The ruling, deemed “landmark” due to its sheer absurdity, was granted by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper and allows the Plaintiff, Ellanora Baidoo, to serve her hard-to-find hubby with divorce papers via a Facebook message. According to the ruling, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku apparently has no fixed address and has only kept in touch with his wife by phone and the social networking site since they were married in a civil ceremony in 2009.
“We tried everything, including hiring a private detective — and nothing.” said Baidoo’s lawyer in a statement. (No word yet on whether Nev Shulman, who’s listed on his business card as “The Motherfucking Scooby-Doo of Catfish” was hired as the PI)
In his decision, Justice Matthew Cooper said the “advent and ascendency of social media,” means sites like Facebook and Twitter are the “next frontier” as “forums through which a summons can be delivered.” While the ruling is limited to this extreme case involving very elusive shitbags, you know that this holding has process servers all across the country taking notice. Process servers unite!
So grab the popcorn ladies and gents. Nothing says “Saturday night rager” like watching peoples’ lives slowly unravel on social media. .
[via NY Daily News]