Kids say the darndest things, especially in the heat of the moment and especially online, but sometimes the things you say online can have real-life consequences, as PSN-user Hamad Jalalie discovered when he sent a message to another player who accused him of cheating and hacking in Fortnite.
According to SegmentNext the message read "bahahahahaha my dad works at Sony he will get u banned." Which seems pretty mild, all things considered. But Sony takes great issue with people claiming to work for them, or claiming to know and be able to influence people who work for them, and sent Jalalie a message in return:
"We are writing to inform you that your account has been permanently banned. We have made this decision based on your online activity in the message.
"Pretending to be, or by association able to influence, an employee of Sony, its affiliates or 3rd party partners is against our code of conduct. You will no longer be able to access online multiplayer, PlayStation Store and other network features. Your account will not be reinvested at any point. We take the decision to ban an account very seriously, and we only do so after one of our moderators has carefully analyzed the situation. PlayStation Support, therefore, can not overturn this moderation decision."
Sony does not, it seems, play around. What do you think of the punishment? Does it fit the crime?