#LicensePlateLinda: Colerain Township woman learns firsthand about social media shaming
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A local woman is the latest example of “social media shaming.”
Domonique Duskin's Facebook post has received a lot of attention. She shared pictures, showing damage to the license plates and cars of family members who attended a party at her cousin's house in Colerain Township on Sunday night.
Police charged Linda Shad with criminal damaging. She's a neighbor of Marvin Shelton, who hosted the party.
Marvin says Shad complained about his guests blocking his driveway. Shelton says Shad called police, who told her it was Shelton's driveway.
"When she wasn't happy with the outcome, I guess she decided to take matters into her own hands. I’m pretty sure she didn’t expect things to take off they that they did," said Shelton.
Duskin's social media post about "#LicensePlateLinda" now has thousands of shares and comments.
"I just wanted to put it out there so people can see that it is happening in your neighborhoods. It’s happening everywhere, so that was my whole meaning. I didn’t think it would take off as much as it did. but I’m glad that it did so it can expose people for who they are," said Duskin.
A string of recent viral posts have shamed people for "questionable" behavior, like the woman dubbed "Permit Patty" who was a white woman who lost her job after calling police about a black 8-year-old girl selling water on the street or "Barbecue Becky", a white woman who called police on black people having a cookout.
Julie Stockman is with the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University. She says "social media shaming" is happening more often in this highly politicized environment and what has been posted, sticks around for a while.
"In court, it's public record, but people don't go out Googling public record to find things. Social media, everyone is on it. It’s ubiquitous and it’s out there for eternity. So, she’s not going to be able erase anything they are focusing on," said Stockman
Meanwhile, Marvin Shelton is looking for a public apology and a little peace.
"I'm hoping they learned a lesson and I’m hoping that we can... We don’t have to be friends. We don’t have to be buddies. We can just co-exist," he said.
Marvin Shelton says the damage to his neighbor from social media posts will likely be worse than any punishment from the courts. It's important to say again she is only charged and not convicted.
Local 12 and Larry Davis went to Linda Shad's home and rang her doorbell, but there was no answer. Larry Davis left his card asking for comments, but so far no call has been returned.