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Andy Boyle Live-Tweets Burger King Breakup


First Posted: 11/09/11 07:32 PM ET Updated: 11/09/11 07:52 PM ET

Celebrity divorces have long been tabloid fodder (think Kim Kardashian), but what happens when an everyday couple finds their marital troubles broadcast all over the Internet?

That's what happened Monday when Boston Globe web developer Andy Boyle live-tweeted a couple's breakup in a Boston Burger King, complete with photos and video. The episode started innocently enough:


Andy Boyle
I am listening to a marriage disintegrate at a table next to me in this restaurant. Aaron Sorkin couldn't write this any better.

Boyle then continued with the drama-filled play-by-play, including the cause of the fight:


Andy Boyle
She thinks it is unfair that he gets to play video games and she has to clean when "his mother" tells her. We agree.

The argument's pinnacle:


Andy Boyle
"Why did you even marry me?" he asks. "Because I loved you," she responds. "Loved me?" We all notice the past tense.

And the resolution:


Andy Boyle
She comes back in. She apologizes. He shrugs. They walk into the vestibule and he sorta hugs her. They depart.

This isn't the first time someone has live-tweeted a couple's presumed private moment. In March, comedian Donald Glover tweeted a couple having sex at a Bank of America ATM, including photos.

Which brings us to the question -- is it okay to document a breakup, or is it an invasion of privacy? Let us know on Twitter (hashtag #BurgerKingBreakup) and in the comments.

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