Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Careless Facebook Posting Can Cost You a Job

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Careless Facebook Posting Can Cost You a Job

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Byline: Candace Moody

Social networks like Facebook are mature technologies now, but that doesn't mean that their users are. The easy access of social networks on every device makes it tempting to post fleeting thoughts and actions that would never have been public a decade ago. That means that you can be stupid now at the speed of the Internet. Here are some examples of how social networks have cost people their jobs.

Complaining about your employer or customers. An Applebee's waitress in St. Louis posted a photo of a guest's receipt on Facebook. The restaurant had added an automatic 18 percent tip (for a group over six.) The guest had crossed out the tip (leaving none) and written: "I give 10 % to God; why do you get 18?" The photo went viral, and the guest called to demand that everyone involved be fired. Applebee's obliged. Employees have also been fired for complaining online about management policies and ugly uniforms.

Stupid pranks at work. A Taco Bell employee had his company doing damage control after he posted a video of himself licking a stack of taco shells. Even though the food was destroyed and never served to customers, the employee was summarily fired. So were the two North Carolina Domino's Pizza employees who filmed a worker preparing sandwiches while putting cheese up his nose and then layering it into the food. Pranks like these may have cost the company thousands of orders and certainly caused deep embarrassment.

Stupid behavior on personal time. The CFO of a Tucson medical device manufacturer drove through Chik-Fil-A at lunch in 2012 and filmed himself shouting abuse at an employee for the chain's anti-gay marriage stance. She handles the abuse with grace as she tries to deliver his order (he issued a videotaped apology after his firing.) As he drives off he tells the worker: 'I'm a nice guy by the way. ... Just can't stand the hate." His employer fired him after he posted the video to You Tube as part of a national protest against the company. …

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