A Utah apartment complex threw an ultimatum at its tenants — over Facebook.
The occupants at City Park Apartments threw a fit when they found a strange notice stuck on their front doors. The notification from the building owner, titled “Facebook Addendum,” told the tenants to “friend” the complex on its Facebook page within five days — or else they could be found in violation of their leases. The new stipulation applied to everyone, even though some of the tenants had already signed the contract months ago.
The document also included a release that allowed the property to post pictures of its tenants — and their guests — on the social media page.
“I don’t want to be forced to be someone’s friend and be threatened to break my lease because of that,” tenant Jason Ring told in an interview. “It's outrageous as far as I’m concerned. It’s a violation of my privacy.”
Zachary Myers, a tenant rights attorney working at Hepworth, Murray & Associates in Bountiful, said the new addendum might not be fair to those people who do not have Facebook accounts.
“The biggest issue that I have with it is that it seems to be discriminatory against elderly individuals and disabled individuals who are unable to utilize an online presence such as Facebook,” he said.
He also added if the lease has already been signed by some tenants, they may not be required by law to sign to a later codicil.
People are now venting their frustration at the injustice on the property’s Facebook page.
"Dropping in and giving you one star because you act like a bunch of Nazi's with the FB policy you are forcing down residents throats," Facebook user Tom Native wrote.
“Outstanding business practice. This probably would have worked in early Germany when Hitler was still in charge. Apparently you guys haven't progressed into the new era where democracy, freedom of speech and privacy are all top priority’” said another Facebook user, Roger Cozine II. “Enjoy your stay for what short time you have left. I don't see your apartment buildings being open too much longer. Look forward to the onslaught of poor reviews that you are sure to receive.”
Because of the effortless work of its haters, the building enjoys a mere 1.1-star rating on its Facebook page.