Long-simmering Facebook feud erupts in real-world violence

SEATTLE -- In what is certainly the only example of social media resulting in its users acting in an anti-social manner, a long-simmering Facebook feud between two women turned into a real-life fight last week in Rainier Beach.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, the victim and her friend were at a gas station in the 9200 block of Rainier Avenue South around 4:45 p.m. June 28 when another woman pulled up next to them.

The other woman hopped out of her car armed with pepper spray and a large kitchen knife and accosted the victim, according to the report.

In response, the victim reportedly armed herself with pepper spray and sprayed the other woman in self-defense before driving off with her friend.

Having escaped her attacker, the victim told officers she and the other woman, who she barely knows in real life, have been involved in an argument on Facebook for months. The argument has been going on so long, in fact, she told officers she couldn't even remember what started it.

However, this isn't the first time the Facebook fight has erupted into actual violence. The victim told officers there have been other similar incidents in Tukwila and Burien.

I guess this is just one more example of how social media is cheapening our society. Don't forget to share this story on Facebook and follow me on Twitter!