ll nights out have consequences. Even the seemingly quiet ones. What I'm saying is that you should never leave your home. At least that’s the lesson I hope 16-year-old Morgan from Baldwinsville, New York learned this week.
After enjoying dinner with her grandparents at their local Chili’s, a restaurant chain famous with me for being a place where you can eat queso in sweatpants, Morgan Liscum went home, only to wake up the next day to find this message in her Snapchat inbox from an acquaintance.
At first Morgan thought she was being pranked, until she remembered Snapchat’s newest feature: Snapmap. A map that shows, with startling accuracy, where all your contacts currently are.
This is, of course, a big win for stalkers, and a big bummer for me, the queen of claiming I’m “just 2 blocks away” when I’m still on my couch.
It can even tell when you’re hanging out, or just passing through.
Luckily you can cover your tracks by enabling “ghost mode,” which hides your location, but Morgan says she had just turned this feature off, making her presence at Chili’s visible for all her friends (and distant mutual acquaintances) to see.
It even shows you in a little car when you are driving!
So, even though Morgan had never met the woman’s boyfriend, and even though she was guilty of nothing more than enjoying chips and salsa with nana, she still found herself in the midst of a scandal.
“I tried to respond to her,” Morgan said, “I wanted to assure her that we were at separate outings but when I tried to send the message, it said ‘pending,’ which means she blocked me.”
Young Morgan never expected that a simple night out would end up with her getting unwittingly sucked into some cyber drama.
Tragically, Morgan’s acquaintance may never know the truth: That her boyfriend’s tryst was probably just with some baby back ribs.
But luckily Morgan had a sense of humor about the whole thing, adding, “My friends and lots of other people are getting a good laugh from it though and that’s all I can really ask for out of the situation.”
There’s actually two lessons to be learned here: Never leave your home, but if you must, go ghost mode!
Always go ghost mode!