Recently there has been a bunch os folks say that corporations need to lighten up and let their servants employees waste spend company time on social media sites like Facebook. Well apparently someone forgot to send the memo though to Virgin Atlantic Airways because 13 staff found themselves fired due to some silliness they had done on Facebook.
According to the BBC report the company began an investigation following claims that some of their staff had been using Facebook to criticize the the company’s safety standards and calling passengers chavs; which is apparently British slang for for rude louts (at least that’s what Owen Thomas at Valleywag says so I’ll go with that). The airline said that the crew’s behavior brought the company into disrepute. As a Virgin Atlantic rep said to the BBC
“Following a thorough investigation, it was found that all 13 staff participated in a discussion on the networking site Facebook, which brought the company into disrepute and insulted some of our passengers.
“It is impossible for these cabin crew members to uphold [our] high standards of customer service… if they hold these views.”
A spokesman for the airline added that there was “a time and a place for Facebook”.
“There is no justification for it to be used as a sounding board for staff of any company to criticise the very passengers who ultimately pay their salaries.
So much for Facebook being a place to hang and blow off some steam eh.