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Family Robbed After Teen Posts Photo of Money on Facebook

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By Edward Tan, JD on June 01, 2012 9:02 AM

It seems like these days posting anything on Facebook isn't safe. What kind of world do we live in when a teenage girl can't put photos of a lot of money online without someone trying to rob her?

A 17-year-old Australian girl learned the importance of common sense after two armed robbers broke into her grandmother's home in Sydney. The girl was helping her 72-year-old granny count her savings. Then, like most dingy teens, she decided it was a good idea to snap a picture of the cash and post it on Facebook.

You already know what happened next, but you'd be surprised to learn how soon after robbers came knocking.

The image was only up for about seven hours before the would-be thieves came looking for it. It's not clear how they were able to decipher the home's location. But the robbers demanded to speak with the girl about the cash. However, she was already gone by the time they showed up.

That didn't stop the men though. Brandishing a knife and wooden club, they searched the home anyway. They eventually left after taking some personal property and a little money.

Fortunately no one was injured, but the men are still at large.

While putting up pictures of your valuables online is a dumb idea, robbing a home is even more idiotic. Though the incident occurred in Australia, armed robbery is a crime no matter what country you're in. And getting caught can land you in prison.

After the robbery was reported, police issued a warning to social media users to exercise "extreme caution" when posting pictures on Facebook. Hopefully the teen who took the photo of the money has taken this message to heart.

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