16 People Share Their Stories About Getting Fired Because Of A Social Media Post

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Social media was invented to bring us together.

But it’s definitely found ways to pull us apart.

Sometimes, jobs and social media just aren’t a good mix.

Here are 16 examples from AskReddit:

1. Volunteer to get fired…

I had to fire someone for one. He was a volunteer firefighter and left for a call, which I allowed.

Fifteen minutes later someone showed me his 5-minute-old post of him riding quads saying something along the lines of, “Sometimes you just need to F off from work.”

That put him on a final warning.

He then left because he said HIS house was on fire, then half an hour later his wife tagged him in a photo of him sitting in a kiddie-pool in front of his house.

The funny thing is, in both cases, if he had simply asked to leave early, I probably would have said yes.

2. Creepy Bosses

I once didn’t get a job since I don’t have Facebook or other social media accounts.

Apparently they wanted to see the kind of person I was, and I told them I like my privacy.

3. Cut Off

A former colleague of mine posted about how he was going to use up all his sick leave then quit.

He posted it at 9am, he was told he had no more job at 11.

4. Rightfully Fired

I work in a hospital, and there was a police shooting in my area a couple of years ago.

Multiple officers were brought into our ER.

One officer was DOA, and a number of idiot hospital employees posted condolences on their Facebook pages with the name of the officer before the family was officially informed.

If memory serves, 7 or 8 employees were rightfully fired for that one.

5. TMI

I used to work for Geek Squad in college A coworker was fired when a famous actor came in, and she posted on Facebook a lot of his private info.

Like full name came into our store and bought this and this and has a black Amex card and stuff he had on his computer…

Not once but on 2 separate occasions.

6. Making it Easy

Former Chipotle manager here- as many of you know, Chipotle gives away free stuff on Halloween. So, it’s a mandatory weekend for everyone to work.

Well, one of our employees called off that Thursday saying he had swine flu…


Of course, he posted pics of his weekend partying on his FB. Upon which, he was friends with our kitchen manager, general manager, and district manager.

Per company policy, (and common sense), you can’t return to work from serious contagious stuff without a doctor’s note. So, he shows back up on Wednesday acting all fine and saying the doc cleared him.

Oh, but his mom threw his release note away…

Too bad buddy, we need that crap, or you can’t work.

Since we didn’t know when he would have it, we only gave him one day on the schedule anyway.

So then HIS MOM calls me and asks why he can’t work. I ask her, if she went to a restaurant and found out a cook hadn’t proven he was cleared from having swine flu, would she eat there?

She saw my point.

“But it’s not his fault She threw away the note! They were REMODELLING!”

I asked, “Why can’t the doc write a new one?”

“Well, he went on vacation!”

“…Couldn’t the receptionist or a P.A. get them something?”

She huffed and hung up on me.

The next day he puts on FB: “Dear Chipotle and managers: instead of cutting hours on someone, why not grow the balls to fire them outright? Suck my junk.”

Pretty easy to let him go after that…

7. “How’s that?..”

Guy at my company got sacked for putting a Facebook status along the lines of: “F-ng immigrants, I hate them,” not realizing both of his bosses, (also owners of the company), were 2nd generation immigrants.

They started the company from scratch and now employ 30 people. They pay for full gym membership, health care, and a generous pension for all the staff, which he had to say goodbye to when he was fired.

How’s that for your, “f-ing immigrants?”

8. Porn Starved

I had to fire an employee for a tweet he wrote about a customer.

He tweeted: “(customer’s full name) would be a great name for a porn star.”

I found out about it when the customer’s lawyer called me the next day threatening action.

Turns out the guy worked for the local newspaper and obsessively searched his name on all social media…

9. Bad Move

My female friend (18) was DM’d through twitter by the news presenter (37) of our city.

He was talking about her beach pictures and how she is really pretty and how they need to get together.

She ended up telling him that it’s pretty ridiculous that he’s trying to get with her.

He lost his job later that week.

He used the channel’s twitter account.

10. That’s not how trust works…

I was once passed over for a job because I barely use Facebook. They straight up told me that they couldn’t trust me because of how little info was on my page.

For future reference:

I’m sorry employers that 90% of my Facebook page is related to Starcraft and/or miscellaneous gaming.

I’m sorry that I don’t get drunk and post embarrassing photos of things you could fire me over.

My personal life is my business and not Facebook’s.

11. Special Delivery

Girl on my Facebook worked for the postal service in my town.

She posted on Facebook how she wanted to slit her boss’s throat.

Then, about 5 hours later, she posted another status about how the police showed up at her house, that one of her coworkers had showed her boss the status, and she was now fired.

12. Viral

I didn’t lose my job over a Facebook post, but I recently got someone fired because of one I made.

I got a call from my parents last weekend that our older dog had been hit and killed by the newspaper delivery driver for their neighborhood.

This younger girl was constantly speeding, (45+ on a short, residential road), and often on her phone while driving.

Complaints had been made before, but apparently no action was taken.

The dog was 13 years old, and could barely manage to hobble, so it was clearly a case of the driver going too fast and not paying attention.

She even had the audacity to cuss at my dad while he was trying to get the dog off the street.

The newspaper company wasn’t returning calls to my parents regarding the driver’s safety and behavior, so I decided to give them a push in the right direction and made a shaming post on their Facebook page.

It got attention and went as viral as a local newspaper’s page can get.

They finally got in contact and terminated the driver’s contract.

13. Dirty 30-ish

A coworker of mine was fired recently because he got caught sneaking off work to smoke weed and drink.

This moron would post photos of him smoking and drinking on Facebook.

The boss found out and predictably fired him on the spot.

The best part, this guy was almost 30 years old, and not just some dumb teenager.

14. Scarves

I worked for a place that has a gift shop. Inside of this gift shop were the most ugly, unwearable scarves on the face of the planet.

I was younger and didn’t really care about the company or any possible consequences.

I started a movement called ‘Scarf Tuesday.’ Basically, a few of us (on the clock) would meet up at 9 every Tuesday and wear a scarf for a photo on Facebook.

These photos started getting likes and people loved them, so we kept going.

A few months later, I get pulled into my boss’s office. On the wall, I kid you not, are at least twenty of the scarf Tuesday pictures WITH THE FACES BLURRED OUT.

My boss asks me, to this day, the funniest question I’ve ever been asked:

“What do you see here?”

I smiled and told him it looked like employees wearing scarves.

He said he found it hilarious, but it was unacceptable, and he was disappointed.

Apparently, somebody watching the cameras wasn’t happy and watched us for weeks piling evidence.

EVERYBODY (fifteen people at least) had similar meetings in the next few days.

I didn’t get canned right away, because we stopped doing Scarf Tuesday, but the retaliation was awful, and eventually I was blamed for just about everything that went wrong and got fired.

Looking back at it, it was foolish.

I fell into a deep depression for a few months because of being unemployed.

It helped me grow into a man though, and now I have a full time managerial job making twice as much.

I’ll never regret it, because it brought me on a path that led to a better life.

15. Bad Tip

My mom’s ex boyfriend was a waiter at a very elite restaurant and had normally expected very nice tips.

Some guy left him a $5 tip for an over $100 bill, and he got pissed and posted the customer’s information on Facebook.

He got fired the next day.

16. How sweet it was…

Didn’t lose my job, but I watched a friend lose his over a tweet.

He tweeted: “So getting drunk while delivering pizzas is pretty sweet,” one night while he was working.

The next morning he tweeted: “YO SCREW YOU PAPA JOHNS! I don’t need you or your stupid job anyway,” or something to that effect.

I’ve never laughed so hard in my life.

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