A little over a month ago, I asked G@G users if someone should be fired for what they post on social media. The poll results, which can be seen here, was pretty divided. Of 535 total votes, about 24.4% said yes, 30% said no, and 45% believed it depended on what is said and done.
So I decided to do a little digging myself and find people who were fired over there social media posts. The occupations range from professional to military, and one even happened only three days ago. Here's a list of 5 people who lost their jobs for their social media posts, including a bonus at the end.
1. Carly McKinney
Now, as almost everyone on here knows by now, I myself am a high school teacher, which is why I choose not to share pictures of myself on various social media sites and when I do, I choose which photos to upload very carefully. AND THIS IS WHY. Teachers are held to higher standard when it comes to social media and free speech. Unfortunately, 23 year old Carly McKinney, a [former] 10th grade math teacher from Aurora, Colorado, got herself so ‘stoned’ that she must’ve forgotten this little tidbit. After tweeting various nude photos of herself while also claiming to be ‘Naked. Wet. Stoned’, McKinney was sacked from her job.
2. Former Marine Sergeant Gary Stein
If you’re planning to join the military, common sense tells you to respect the Commander and Chief, aka, the President of the United States. Even if you don’t LIKE him, President Obama still has command over the nation’s military and its participants. Maybe Gary Stein didn’t know this as he stated on his Facebook page, ‘Screw Obama. I will not follow all orders from him”. No, Gary, you won’t be following his orders after your dishonorable discharge. You may still be a ‘marine’, but as far as the military is concerned, you aren’t an honorable one.
3. Justine Sacco
This one is so stupid, it almost hurts to put it on the list. In 2013, Justine Sacco, a journalist for InterActive Corp, a New York based online business, was just departing from London to Africa when she tweeted, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!’
Anyone who has flown before knows you cannot check your phone while in mid-flight. So imagine her surprise that, after nearly half a day’s time spent in the air, Sacco not only discovered her tweet went viral and was reported by Buzzfeed, but also became a trending hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet . The worst part? Sacco was born in South Africa. Can you say ‘moron’? Sacco was canned from IAC for what they called ‘hateful statements’.
4. Taco Licker Dude
As if Taco Bell wasn’t disgusting as it is, an unidentified worker thought it would a brilliant idea to not only lick an entire stack of Taco shells, but then post it on social media. Jj O’Brien Nolan reposted it to Taco Bell’s Facebook page, stating, “This sure says a lot about your employees, food treatment and what they post on the internet.”
Taco Bell claimed that the picture was posted to a user’s private Facebook page, but would take immediate action against the employee. They also claimed the shells were for training purposes, were to be thrown out, and were never served to customers. However, even 3 years later, the public didn’t buy the company’s claims.
5. Buckingham Palace Guard
In 2011, Kate Middleton apparently gave one of the guards the cold shoulder on the way to her wedding. So offended by her lack of respect [on her wedding day], he took his complaints to Facebook for a good ole’ rant. “Hur and William drove past me on Friday n all a got was a shitty wave while she looked the opposite way from me, stupid stuck up cow am a not good enough for them! Posh bitch am totally with u on this 1 who reely gives a f*** about hur.” Yeah, he didn’t last long.
***BONUS IDIOT: Lisa Greenwood
Okay, so, this list was actually composed last night but I woke up this morning and, low and behold, someone else was fired this week for social media posts. Why? Apparently, former loan officer Lisa Greenwood doesn’t think highly of Michelle Obama. After the First Lady’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, Lisa Greenwood tweeted on July 25th, 2016 to FLOTUS that Michelle Obama is, “an ugly black bitch”.
Once again, here’s another person who is not only showing their true colors, but didn’t even bother hiding their name. After very little leg work, Twitter users found her Facebook page and discovered she worked at Home Point Financial as a loan officer, causing several Twitter and Facebook users to tag them, Greenwood’s tweet, and Greenwood’s Facebook page in a flurry of posts.
Needless to say, Greenwood was canned the next day with many people wondering if anyone minority customers were discriminated against due to Greenwood's racial comments. Looks like Home Point Financial has some back tracking to do.
Learn your lesson early, people. Whether or not you agree with it, Social media is NOT the place for free speech when it can give your employer a bad reputation. It can, and will, get you fired.