Category: Weird Articles
Published on Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00
It is not a surprise to know that our lives are not as private as we would like to think it is in this age of social media. You are an absolute nincompoop if you really thought you could say whatever you want on your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/whatever page and get away with it. Here are 10 foolish people who did not think about the consequences that would result from their idiotic tweets, and got their asses fired from their jobs in the end.
1. Firefighters Removed from Duty for Posting Sexist Tweets
In August 2013, two firefighters from Toronto were fired (how ironic) for blatantly showing sexism on their twitter accounts.
In November 2012, Matt Bowman whose username on twitter is Hero_Matt stated, “Reject a woman and she will never let it go. One of the many defects of their kind. Also weak arms.” Another sexist tweet was typed up by him in March 2013 which read, “I'd never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried something, I'd be like HEY! You get your bitch ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie!”
Then in June 2013, a tweet from the account of Lawaun Edwards said, “Would swatting her in the back of the head been considered abuse or a way to reset the brain?”
2. Woman Fired for Dressing Like Boston Bomb Victim
In November 2013, 22-year-old Alicia Ann Lynch thought that it would be very creative and clever to dress as a Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween. The rest of the internet who saw her costume on her twitter account begged to differ. The insensitive and tasteless costume sparked a tremendous amount of internet rage.
It didn't take much digging for enraged netizens to uncover Lynch's personal information from a photo she once posted of her driver's license. Online users used the information to attack Lynch and her family. Some extreme Twitter users also circulated nude pictures and videos of her found on Tumblr. Lynch then deleted all of her social media accounts, but later reopened her Twitter account in an attempt to set things right and apologize for her tacky costume. In the same month that she posted the photo, Lynch also lost her job after he superiors got wind of it.
3. Taco Bell Employee Fired After Urinating on Nachos
In July 2012, Cameron Jankowski of Fort Wayne, Indiana, posted a photo of himself on Twitter taking a piss on an order of Taco Bell nachos. He addressed it to Hunter Moore with a simple caption, “where I work”, and with the hash tags #pissolympics and #nachobellgrande.
In response, notorious hacker group Anonymous tweeted a link to a YouTube video
that revealed Janowski's personal details. The video also included screenshots of tweets posted and retweeted by the perpetrator.
Janowski claimed that the nachos were never served to any customers and he did it just for laughs. However, no one thought it was funny and the damage had already been done to Taco Bell's image. Naturally, he was fired for his disgusting act.
4. Math Teacher Fired for Getting High in School
In January 2013, Carly McKinney, a very pretty 10 Grade match teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado was banished from school after a local news station discovered tweets containing revealing photos and boasts about bringing marijuana to school.
One of McKinney's tweets simply read, “Naked. Wet. Stoned”, while another said, “Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It's funny 'cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot.” Other tweets suggested that the teacher was marking papers while under the influence of drugs and spending time on Twitter instead of being productive during school hours.
In her defense, McKinney claimed that she and a friend created the twitter account as a parody and none of the tweets she posted were true, including that she never was in possession of drugs during school days.
Like all impressionable 15 – 16 year old teenagers, her students thought that her racy photos and tweets about marijuana were pretty cool and campaigned to get her back. The school administrative board paid no heed to the students and promptly fired McKinney.
5. Director of Corporate Communications Fired for Tweeting a Racist Joke
Justine Sacco, a communications director of the New York-based internet empire InterActive Corp, should have known better when she tweeted a really dumb and racist tweet in December 2013 before boarding a flight fro London to Cape Town. It read, “Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!”
Sacco only had around 200 Twitter followers, but word in Social Media gets around fast and the racist message was quickly spread to news organizations, with social media users around the world expressing the disgust. The irony of a public relations expert tweeting such an insensitive and stupid comment was not lost on the public. And as an unsuspecting Sacco sat in her airplane seat during her 12-hour flight, the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet was trending on Twitter.
By the time Sacco touched down in Cape Town, the fallout was swift. She deleted the offending tweet, and then her whole Twitter account, before finally removing her online presence on Facebook and Instagram. Though she issued a full apology, IAC removed her details from their site and said they had parted ways with Sacco.
6. Restaurant Server Complained About Uniform on Twitter
In 2009, Tim Chantarangsu took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with a recent uniform change. He said, “@calpizzakitchen black button ups are the lamest shit ever!!!”
The tweet prompted action from the company and eventually Chantarangsu was tracked down to a Long Beach CPK and fired for his behavior. In response to the firing, Chantarangsu posted a YouTube video
explaining the circumstances around his controversial tweets and firing. Apparently jovial about the situation and clearly not interested in getting his job back, the former CPK employee isn't ready to let the situation lie.
7. Waiter Fired for Tweeting About a Celebrity Dine and Dash
In 2009, Jane Adams, star of HBO's Hung ordered a soup and lemonade at Barney Greengrass in Beverly Hills. The bill came up to a reasonable $13.44 but Adams apparently did not have the money to match her diva attitude. She excused herself from the restaurant saying that she left her wallet in her car and she would run right out to get it, but she never returned. The next day, her agent paid for the bill without including a tip. Adams' frustrated waiter the day before, Jon-Barrett Ingels tweeted about it, saying, “Tues: Jane Adams, star of HBO series 'Hung' skipped out on a $13.44 check. Her agent called and payed the following day. No Tip!”
A surly Adams returned to the restaurant to tip Ingels about a month later with a miserly $3. 2 weeks after, the waiter got dismissed from work after the restaurant's corporate team saw his Twitter account and encouraged his manager to fire him after 5 years of employment. Moral of the story: Don't f**k with celebrities even if they are in the wrong. Just look at the huge list of celebrities that got away scot-free after committing a crime.
8. Student Lost Employment Offer After Negative Tweet About the Job
In March 2009, Connor Riley received a job offer from Cisco. Unfortunately, Riley's master's degree in information management and systems at University of California, Berkeley, didn't prevent her from mismanaging her own information on Twitter. She tweeted, “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”
Soon after, there was a reply from a Cisco employee Tim Levad who so happened to see her tweet. He offered to pass her sentiments along to the hiring manager and just like that, Riley lost the job even before it started. Well at least she does not have to bother about weighing the options anymore.
9. Obama Administration Employee Fired After Discovered as Twitter Troll
In October 2013, Jofi Joseph, an Obama administration national security staffer, was fired following an internal investigation into the source behind the Twitter handle "@NatSecWonk."
The account was created in February 2011. With it, Joseph spent years disparaging national security policy and administration officials and even leaked vital security information. Also, many of Joseph's tweets were offensive to women.
10. Sportscaster Let Go After Tweeting Opinion on Gay Marriage
In May 2011, freelance broadcaster Damian Goddard was fired after he supported anti-gay sentiments on Twitter: “I completely and wholeheartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and true meaning of marriage.”
Several days earlier, Reynolds posted a tweet criticizing New York Ranger forward Sean Avery, who had made a public service announcement in support of gay marriage. “Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of same-gender marriage.' Legal or not, it will always be wrong.”
Obviously, the Reynold's firing led to a media frenzy over the use of Twitter and again brought the issue of gay rights within the professional sports community to light.
Goddard believes he was discriminated against for standing up for the beliefs of the Catholic Church, and that his freedom of speech and religion were violated when he was fired.