Think Before You Text! Emojis Just Cost This Couple Rs 1.4 Lakh

An emoji-laden text message, that included a dancing lady, a victory sign, a smiley face and a champagne bottle, landed an Israeli couple in court.

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Think Before You Text! Emojis Just Cost This Couple Rs 1.4 Lakh

A couple in Israel found out the hard way that using the wrong emojis can lead to court

Chances are, text messages you send are often peppered with emojis or expressive and fun emoticons. Well, the next time you pick up your phone to shoot off a message with a smiley face (or any of the nearly 2,000 available emoji characters), think before you text. Why? A couple in Israel was recently fined around $2,200 or approximately 1.4 lakh rupees for their use of "misleading" emojis in communication with a prospective landlord.

According to local media reports, a couple used emojis that conveyed "great optimism" in a text message sent to homeowner Yaniv Dahan in response to an ad he had posted online. 

Mr Dahan alleges that the couple's use of emojis led him to believe they wanted to rent his property.

Here is the text message that was sent to the landlord:
 
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This is the emoji-laden text message that landed an Israeli couple in court


According to an Israeli blogger, the message, originally in Hebrew, reads: "Good morning (emoji) Interested in the house (emojis) Just need to discuss the details... When's a good time for you?"

Mr Dahan exchanged a series of messages with the couple over the course of a few days. Believing an agreement was in the works, Mr Dahan removed his property listing from the online classifieds site.  

But then the couple went incommunicado. 

That's when an upset Mr Dahan went to court seeking compensation, saying their messages indicated that the deal was as good as done.

The judge agreed, in part because of the emojis used. 

"The (emoji-laden) text message sent by Defendant 2 on June 5, 2016...included a smiley, a bottle of champagne, dancing figures and more. These icons convey great optimism," said the judge in his ruling.

Guess who's using the dancing woman and champagne bottle emojis now?

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