Facebook’s “People You May Know” section has long been an algorithm for possible trouble. Log on and there in the right rail are machine-suggested potential pals from yesteryear: Old squeezes, what’s-his-face, and former classmates who've gotten fat.
But every so often it gives you a doozy.
A Seattle woman got the latter when the social networking site suggested she "Friend" a woman who was shown in a picture with someone very familiar -- HER HUSBAND -- alongside a wedding cake, according to reports.
Alan O’Neill, 41, a corrections officer, is due in court on March 22 to face bigamy charges after his wife’s innocent romp online uncovered a potential “Friend” of a lifetime, the News Tribune reports.
“Wife No. 1 went to wife No. 2's page and saw a picture of her and her husband with a wedding cake," Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.
So, Wife No. 1 did what any mad-as-fire spouse would do: She called her mother-in-law.
"An hour later the defendant arrived at (Wife No. 1's) apartment, and she asked him several times if they were divorced," according to court records obtained by the Tribune. "The defendant said, 'No, we are still married.'"
O'Neill had a busy December: Previously known as Alan Fulk, he filed paperwork to change his name and got married later in the month, the Tribune said, citing court records.
He married his first wife in 2001 and reportedly moved out eight years later, with neither party filing for divorce, the Tribune reported.
After the situation came to light, O’Neill allegedly told Wife No. 1 to keep silent about his double life and that he would resolve it. But she spread it like a Facebook post, alerting authorities who arrested O’Neill on a felony charge.
Okay, HLN readers, how many of you are going to casually scroll through Facebook’s “People You Should Know” section right about now? You should “Like” this article. You really should.