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13 Social Media Fails That Got People Fired

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Mentioning your job – or anything related to your job – on social media is a minefield that’s probably best avoided at all costs, but some people simply refuse to go gently into the world of employment. Those people tend to make decisions that both they and their employers wind up regretting.

It’s not always the employee’s fault in these cases, as you’ll see at the end of this AskReddit list. But some, like #1, are undeniably cases of boneheaded employees being boneheads:

1. Poor For(u)m

Joined a games studio alongside a guy who’d just finished his philosophy degree.

He felt that the game’s official forums were the best place to discuss whether poor people would be, “of as much value as pigs,” after a post-apocalyptic event, and if they should be simply slaughtered and eaten.

All using his company account, of course.

2. People think Comcast has bad customer service?! {<—sarcasm font}

Someone on my timeline posted an article about Comcast customer service.

Someone replied to him saying, “Wow, Comcast actually has customer service? lol!”

Working in customer service myself, I reply, (from a personal account that is in no way connected with my job), with the tweet: “Yup, we do. We complain about management as much as you do.”

Comcast did not like that.

Despite me having zero personal details on Twitter, they somehow still figured out it was me. I realized after that I had GPS auto-locate on for my tweets, so I suppose they could have looked through that data to figure out where I lived.

Anyway, the point is, they fired me for suggesting the employees are anything other than 100% happy all day at work.

Seriously, that’s almost what they said to me when they fired me. The best I can recall it was: “You said the employees aren’t happy. We can’t have people suggesting the employees are in any way unhappy with management, it makes us look bad as a company. Comcast has worked extremely hard to get the reputation it currently has and things like this will make people see Comcast in a negative light, which is unacceptable.”

They also implied, (though did not outright state), they were letting legal look at it to see if they have a libel case against me.

It’s been 5 months, and I haven’t heard a thing from them, so I assume not.

The weirdest part was, the woman firing me seemed completely unaware that the general public hates Comcast.

Photo Credit: Comcast Sucks

3. “We Hate ____”

A company I worked for had it written into their 7-page contracts that you were not allowed to even reference said company on social media. Anyone in breach would be fired instantly.

There’s a page on Facebook called “We Hate ____” that’s currently one of the world’s biggest corporate-hate pages.

It all started when someone working in our call centre posted online about how much the customers suck.

Then something of a war began between the staff and customers: customers posting on employees’ walls and vice versa.

The company was/is a major player in its market. (essentially had a monopoly), and there was a noticeable drop in sales that year.

All in all, around 20 people were fired.

4. The Bus

I worked customer support for a mobile game company. I was honest with a disheartened customer, who had complained that recent changes had made the game pay to win.

It had, in truth, been a glitch with an update. I told them as much, assuring them the team would be fixing it in the next update.

But then the game’s profits skyrocketed.

The team kept the glitch, and put out a statement describing the change as an intentional one designed to improve the play experience.

But there was my name, plastered all over the game forums, claiming the opposite.

I technically worked for a separate company that provided support for several studios, but the studio behind this game was our biggest customer.

They approached my bosses, furious I had jeopardized their cash cow, and demanded I be fired.

I promptly became familiar with the underside of the bus, as I was gone within the week.

5. Bad Advice

A prospective employee just passed his interview and was told that all he needs to do is pass a drug test and a physical and he would start on Monday.

The company Facebook guy found the new hire on Facebook, and the guy had just posted 20 minutes after the interview, “Crap! Anyone know how to pass a drug test in 24 hours?!”

6. “Liability”

I got fired from an internship for posting on Reddit.

It was a very small environmental engineering consulting firm. We were doing work on a site that had lead and arsenic contamination on it.

The site was very dusty, and if it didn’t rain for a few days the dust would often kick up and blow onto the street next to the site, which happened to be the main road in this semi-smallish town.

Someone mentioned on Reddit, in a totally unrelated way, that they were from this town. I made a mention of the contamination and told the dude that if he ever saw dust coming off the site that he should contact the engineers living above one of the local bars.

Apparently this guy didn’t really want the site to be redeveloped at all because of the already high congestion in the surrounding roads, and he called and complained and mentioned my post on Reddit.

The company was so small, it was obvious it was me who posted it. I fessed up about what I had said, and immediately deleted the post.

Even though I didn’t do anything illegal, or even remotely immoral, I was fired because I was seen as a liability.

People deserve to know if the dust they’re breathing in could give them cancer. I moved onto a different field (marine biology) and haven’t even remotely looked back.