L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.
Fired for Comments Made on Facebook
Stories of people who lost their jobs because of what they wrote on Facebook. It seems that quite a lot of people still have not learnt they have to be careful not to make certain comments on Facebook.
There are numerous examples of people being fired and messing up their careers because of comments they made on Facebook. Here are just a few of silly employees who paid the ultimate price.
Be Sensible When on Facebook
The best advice I can give you is Do Not write a comment on your Facebook wall unless you are absolutely sure it will not come back to haunt you. Or in the case of these people below that it does not get you fired from your job.
Kimberley Swann from the UK
Kimberley Swann from the UK was 16 years old when she got a job as an office worker at Ivell Marketing & Logistics. She found the job boring and unfortunately decided to tell her friends by posting comments on her Facebook page.
First Day at Work OMG! So Dull!
She went on to keep her friends on Facebook informed about her job tasks. She told them how she had to shred, scan and punch holes in paper all of which she found boring. She continued to explain her daily routine of office work for the company for the next three weeks.
Her Boss Read the Comments
Her boss and owner of the company Mr. Ivell came across the comments while he was surfing the net. He called Kimberley in to his office and handed her a letter. It stated that she was sacked and gave the reason why.
It said that it was obvious from her comments on Facebook that she was unhappy with her job and did not enjoy her office tasks so therefore the company was sacking her. Kimberley says her comments were just for her friends and not for anyone else to read on the internet. She does not believe she deserved to be sacked from her job because she did not put the name of the company she was working for on her comments.
Kimberley lost her job
Stephanie Bon HR Assistant 37 years old from the UK. Stephanie worked as an assistant for Lloyds Banking Group and was paid £7 an hour. She was at a friend’s house when she heard on the TV News about the salary of the new boss of Lloyds Bank. He was to get a wage package that totaled £13.5million.
Stephanie worked it out he would get £4,000 an hour. She was not happy and made a comment on Facebook which said, ‘LBGs new CEO gets £4,000 an hour, I get £7. That's fair.'
The bank saw the comment and she was told by her manager that she should not be writing comments like that about the bank. Stephanie is annoyed that she lost her job because of comments she made on Facebook. She says she was just having a chat with her friends and that the comments she made were fact and nothing confidential.
A statement from Lloyds TSB denies that Stephanie Bon was sacked because of comments she made on Facebook. They say she was on a short term contract and that contract came to an end.
Dawn Marie Souza a Paramedic
Dawn Marie Souza worked for American Medical Response and had an issue with her supervisor and was not happy. She posted a comment on her page which stated ‘Love how the company allows a 17 to become a supervisor’.
In her job the number 17 relates to a psychiatric patient. She went on to have a conversation through the comments on this post. Other workers who understood her code and knew the supervisor chatted about the situation. The company read the comments. She was fired. Legal Action. The National Labor Relations Board is now involved and is supporting Dawn Marie Souza in her claim for unfair dismissal.
Carl Boulter Police Officer
Carl Boulter worked as a Police Officer and was stationed in Fillongley village in Warwickshire UK. He was working as a Community Support Officer in the village. He was not happy with some of the rules of the job and wrote about it on his Facebook page.
His Bosses Saw the Comments - He Was Fired
The reason given was that he had been making inappropriate postings about his job with Warwickshire Police. Some of his comments he posted on Facebook were:
‘I wish I could find another job.’
'I hate wearing this stupid stab proof vest out in the countryside where there's no need for it.'
Carl Boulter has since lost an appeal against his sacking. He says that at the time he was depressed and suffering from personal problems. He also stated that he felt at the time that it was no different than chatting with his mates in a pub and believed his comments on Facebook were private.
Kate Furlong, Debts Officer from Shropshire, England
Kate Furlong worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland. The bank announced they would be relocating some workers and making some redundant. When Kate Furlong heard this was very happy because it meant she would be made redundant and would receive a payout of £6000.
So she made a comment to that effect on her Facebook page. She wrote that she was very happy as this was the best news ever because she would be getting a nice payout.
Kate Lost her Job and the Redundancy Money
Again here is another worker who has lost their job and explains they assumed they were only talking to their friends and mates on the internet. This case will be another one that goes before the court for unfair dismissal.
13 Workers Sacked by Virgin Atlantic in UK
In 2008 thirteen flight attendants from Virgin Atlantic lost their jobs because of their comments on Facebook about the company. They had been chatting away about the bad work conditions and the safety of some of the planes. They were not too complimentary about some of the passengers either.
The company stated that the staff had been sacked because they broke staff policies by making these comments on Facebook.The company stated this amounted to ‘totally inappropriate behavior.’
Tom Beech also Got Fired
Tom Beech worked for Argos in the UK he wrote on his Facebook page, ‘I work at Argos and can't wait to leave because it's shit". He promptly got his wish, he was sacked.
So please do not become like one of these people above. So the lesson here is if you feel like having a moan about your boss or job then do not do it by writing online on any social networking site.
I have written about only a few of the people who were sacked because of their unguarded comments on the internet. Be careful what you post on Facebook or Twitter and keep your job and career safe.
These people I have written about thought they were having a private moan about their boss or job to their friends on Facebook.
You will be amazed at some of the stupid comments that people post on Facebook! When you read about some users of Facebook whose comments got them sacked from their jobs you will be surprised at just how idiotic and naïve they were!
Moaning About Your Job
Before the creation of the internet and social networking sites we would all have a moan about our jobs, bosses and careers. We’d come home and tell our mates or family about the terrible day we had at work.
We’d go on about the stupid irritating or boring things our boss wanted us to do during our working day. Or if we were in the service industry we would have lots of stories to tell about the stupid, irritating and down right rude clients and customers we had to deal with on a daily basis.
We’d feel better for chatting about it and be fully strengthened enough to go back into work and start another day. That is until a few years ago!
Millions of people now chat to their friends and family via the internet. The social networking sites and particularly Facebook have become our main source of communication. We chat away about our private lives including our family and job situation. We upload photos of our celebrations and holidays.
It is safe after all. We are only talking to our friends right? Wrong! Once you write something on any social networking site it can be seen and read by millions. You can assume it is only for the ‘Friends’ you have accepted on Facebook. This assumption is wrong and could cost you your job.
Check your Privacy Settings
Do you have your Privacy settings on Facebook set on ‘friends’ or ‘friends of friends’ or ‘everyone’? Change it to ‘friends’ that way you have eliminated millions of people who can access your Facebook page. But even by setting the privacy settings at ‘Friends’ this is no guarantee of security for your private conversations.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 24, 2014:
Yes I agree suraj punjabi Facebook is a wonderful tool for staying connected to family and friends but it must be used correctly.
Why people give out their personal information in their profile pages is beyond me. Moaning about your boss or job on Facebook is madness and is a lot of cases can lead to trouble
suraj punjabi from jakarta on March 20, 2014:
When it comes to facebook ask yourself this question before posting this comment: is this something I would say in public in real life when my boss family and friends are all gathered in one place around me? Because that is how it is like. Everyone can listen. What you say to your friends might not be suitable to say to your boss we need to realize that Facebook has brought us in a situation where we are connecting with our work life and personal life at once. Its a slippery slope to say the least.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 28, 2014:
I know Glenn Stok the actions of some people do amaze me too at times. That woman should be fired for her stupidy if for nothing else. she wanted to be in the limelight for her 15 mins of fame, it is madeness.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on February 14, 2014:
I find it so strange that seemingly intelligent people are so naïve about realizing that posting publicly leaves their comments available to anyone. People don't use email anymore, which is one to one. They post back-and-forth on Facebook and never think about setting their privacy to friends only. Or they include anyone as friends, which defeats the purpose.
What's even more silly... In that Fox News video there was this young woman who said she posts negative things about her boss all the time on Facebook but has her privacy set to friends only. Here I am thinking to myself... Doesn't she realize that she just said that on a publically aired news program?
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 25, 2013:
iguidenetwork I would go even further and advice people NOT to write any comments on Facebook about their jobs etc. So called friends can later become enimies and why take the change of writing down something that could be harmful to you later. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and voting up etc
iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on February 21, 2013:
If you want to moan and dish complaints about your job and/or your boss, just choose your privacy settings before posting that kind of status. Fortunately, you can choose a specific audience whom you'd want to "shout out" your complaints to. Be careful not to include your co-workers, unless one of them is your friends and probably has the same flak like you have.
Thanks for your advice and some stories of the people who are sacked because of their Facebook status. Unless you really wish to get fired, be careful... Up, useful and interesting.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 19, 2013:
Hello Marky2, that must have been a shock when you were confronted by the manager. Unfortunately our privacy has disappeared in the age of the internet.
Marky2104 on January 12, 2013:
I did the same,
I had several issues I tried to take up with management but they dismissed them. A friend I worked with was ranting about the company on their status.
I joined in thinking the post was protected (so friends only can view). I only mentioned a few issues that I tried to resolve with the manager but she wouldn't co-operate with.
Next thing I know the manger had printouts about what was said on my workmates wall.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 23, 2012:
Yes seanorjohn 'Friends Only' is the correct setting, But also explain to your children that they should still be careful who they allow as their Facebook 'friends'
A lot of kids accept people who ask to be friends without even knowing who they are because then they can look like they have loads of real friends and are popular.
seanorjohn on March 23, 2012:
Must check that my children have set theirs to friends only. Great advice.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 21, 2012:
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment everyone.
Yes Facebook is great for keeping in touch with friends and family. But it can also be very dangerous too
kayyluh on February 19, 2012:
Facebook is starting to get messed up these days. It's leading to break up, job loss, and many other things! I'm starting to think its best to just stay off facebook. Thanks for sharing the stories I have never heard about any of these before! Keep up the great work I loved the hub, voted up and interesting:)
mr-burns on October 03, 2011:
Your right. It has become a constant issue with hearing about this type of thing. GREAT hub :)
lisabeaman from Phoenix, AZ on September 29, 2011:
Great Hub! So, so true! I run a large internship program. Once I interview an applicant, I immediately send them a friend request on facebook. I look at their posts, their pictures, the pages they like, and their interests. I want to make sure the person they present in their application and interview is a real representation of themselves and would be a good representative of our internship program. So far I haven't run into any red flags... but it's always possible that something posted on facebook could cost them the opportunity. (I love the line that the girl in The Social Network movie said about the internet is written in ink, not pencil. so, so true!)
Voted up and awesome!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 28, 2011:
This makes sense and people should be more aware of what they post on public sites. Thanks for the examples. Voted up!
India Arnold from Northern, California on September 28, 2011:
You bet, a well earned vote!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on September 28, 2011:
Thanks for reading and your comments everyone. Yes a lot of people all over the world have fallen in the trap of giving way too many private details on these social networking sites.
Inappropriate comments and photos on Facebook can get you fired. It can also have you rejected for that new job you did a brilliant interview for if your prospective employer decides to look you up on the internet first!
Thanks K9 for the vote up too
India Arnold from Northern, California on September 28, 2011:
Awesome info viking305! Had to tweet it for every ones sake! Thanks for such a great reminder about how we should and shouldn't use FaceBook. Voted "up" across the board...
JT Walters from Florida on September 28, 2011:
This is a great artilce but more importantly for High Schoolers who will never get the job beause of vindicative things they post as children.
ChristinCordle12 on July 28, 2011:
So much wonderful hub! Very useful.
James A Watkins from Chicago on May 09, 2011:
Not only is Facebook not private but privacy in general seems to be going extinct, and largely by personal choice. Thanks for an interesting article. As a former business owner, the last thing I would want is an unhappy employee when many others would be grateful to have the same position.
Jaypyramid on April 17, 2011:
People have to realise that commenting on Facebook is not 'private' and anyway never write something down that you wouldn't want anyone to see!
thehemu from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2011:
i can believe, because i almost my electronics circuits exam when these thing happen to me. :)
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 11, 2011:
Yes there are are so many people out there who have learnt the hard way by losing their jobs.
I think we all tend to forget when we are chatting away to our friends on the internet that it can have some terrible consequences.
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 11, 2011:
Wow- I've heard of people getting fired because of things they've said on Facebook, but hadn't known of many actual examples. Great Hub! I'll try to be more careful, hahahahahhh....
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 11, 2011:
Very true Pamela. I do believe we all forget how powerful the internet really is. It is so easy to write a comment on facebook without realising the consequences it could have.
Pamela N Red from Oklahoma on April 11, 2011:
People have to be careful. It's not fair but it happens all the time.