Woman Unable to Log Into Facebook Goes to Extremes

Trying to avoid unwanted friend requests led to woes for Jemma Rogers
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2015 8:57 AM CDT
The erstwhile Jemma Rogers.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Is being able to get onto Facebook worth losing your name over? To Jemmaroid Von Laalaa, the answer was yes. The UK woman's real name used to be Jemma Rogers, but she came up with the Von Laalaa pseudonym in 2008 when she created her account to avoid being found by people she didn't want to be friends with, the Telegraph reports. The 30-year-old held the account for the next seven years—until last month, when Facebook sent her a message asking her to send in ID confirming she really was Jemmaroid Von Laalaa, the paper notes. Rogers did some creative Photoshop editing on her bank cards, but after she sent them to Facebook, her account was suspended.

She emailed Facebook and came clean with her real ID, but it was a no-go: The company wasn't letting her back into the account that contained all of her long-gathered images, posts, and "precious memories." That's when she decided to become Jemmaroid Von Laalaa for real, filling out the official UK name-change document and switching her driver's license and bank cards to display her new moniker, per the Telegraph. As of yesterday Facebook hadn't unlocked her account, spurring her to say, "I know I've been a [complete] moron, but Facebook [is] being ridiculous. I can't believe I'm stuck with this stupid name and I still can't get into my Facebook." The network had sent her an automated message saying it would "look into" the issue; it appears Von Laalaa's account may be live once again. (Read another extreme name-change story.)

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