Phoenix, AZ – We keep saying “be careful what you put on Facebook.” A woman said that some days, she wishes she would be fired on Facebook, causing her boss to oblige the request the very next day.
Amy McClenathan posted that she “wish[ed she] could get fired some days, it would be easier to be at home than to have to go through this,” reports MSN. The very next day, her boss made her wish come true.
“It was a very small sentence, but it was one of the most powerful sentences I’ve ever typed in my life,” she said.
McClenathan said that she was having a rough day at work on the one-year anniversary of her mother’s death, and that she wasn’t feeling work that day. After posting the status to Facebook, she was fired by her company the next day.
She’s not exactly alone, either. AZ Family reports that former Arizona Daily Star reporter Brian Pedersen was fired in 2010 for posting a series of tweets about a homicide wave in Tuscon.
He said that the killings became so regular that cops called Fridays “homicide Fridays.” He had worked for the paper for 11 years, and said that his tweets were sarcastic in nature. “I was saying, ‘WTF! No overnight homicides? You’re slacking Tucson,'” Pedersen said. “You stay homicidal, Tucson. See Star Net for the bloody deets,” read another.
McClenathan said that she’ll think twice about posting anything about work on social media. She said she had been blacklisted from her industry, and has been unable to find work since her firing.
“Don’t put it on social media. It never goes away and it can ruin your life,” she said.
Have you ever posted about your job on Facebook?