The argument over whether it’s fair or right to dismiss someone from their job over what they do on social media will keep raging for years. However, what we can tell you is that employees do get fired for social media blunders, so please don’t do what these people did
Charlie Sheen Makes It Into One And A Half Men
Who knows if Charlie Sheen will re-emerge sometime later down the road? All we know is that his verbal rant about Chuck Lorre on Twitter cost him his ridiculously well-paid role on Two and a Half Men and he’s starred in nothing worth mentioning since.
Gilbert Gottfried Drowned His Own Career
There’s never a good time to make a joke about a tragedy that killed thousands of people. This is what Gilbert learned after joking about Japan’s tsunami victims. The only thing he’s “starred” in since is Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.
Marching For Racism Like Cole White Won’t Help Your Career
Cole White’s employers probably didn’t spend a fortune finding a replacement for him at The Top Dog Restaurant, but he lost his job all the same, for being at a white nationalist march in Charlottesville.
Joking About Layoffs Is Not Cool At J. Crew
J. Crew sacked their Vice President Of Men’s Merchandising for putting #maytheoddsbeinyourfavor on Instagram along with a picture from the Hunger Games, just as J. Crew announced they’d be laying off 200 employees. Being insensitive to other’s hardships is not something HR seeks in senior management.
Don’t Stand Up For Osama Bin Laden Like Rashard Mendenhall
Rashard Mendenhall mistook the public mood when he tweeted, “amazing how people can hate a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.” This was about the death of Osama Bin Laden that had been announced that day. He lost his endorsements immediately and was soon out of football completely.
Racism Is Not Cool, Ask Justine Sacco
Justine Sacco was the PR woman who thought it wise to tweet, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white.” She hasn’t worked since in any capacity.
Don’t Comment On Low Education Standards Like Katie Nash
Katie Nash says she was happy to be fired from her job working for Frederick County Public Schools. A student tweeted “close school tammarow PLEASE” and she responded, “But then how would you learn to spell ‘tomorrow’?” Then she got fired. Really.
Fireman Aren’t Supposed To Start Fires, Matt Bowman
Matt Bowman the Canadian firefighter tweeted, “Reject a woman and she will never let it go. One of the many defects of their kind. Also weak arms.” This was one of many sexist tweets he spat out on his downtime. The city decided he could stop starting fires on their dime and fired him.
Anthony Weiner Should Have Kept His Weiner In His Pants
For those hoping to represent their constituents in Congress, it’s not a good idea to get your sausage out on social media. Anthony Weiner had to learn this the hard way.
Karlie Hay Was Not The Miss Teen USA We Wanted
Want to be a beauty queen? There’s one simple rule that you can’t break. You have to be nice. Unlike Karlie Hay who was caught tweeting the n-word. Game over Karlie.
Forget What You Learned In Science Class: These Science Myths Have Been Debunked
From old wives tales, to frankly incorrect information, science is littered with myths that just don’t seem to disappear. Thanks to modern science, and cutting-edge technology, we are one step closer to the truth. See how many of these myths you still believe with our list of science class myths, debunked.
Improvement In Controversial Surgery Gives Short People A Reason To Smile
What do Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, and Prince have in common? Cultural icons? Sure. Dead? Unfortunately, yes. But did you know that all three icons are a part of the 5'8" and under club? That makes them each at least one inch shorter than the average US male, and unlikely sex symbols in a culture that celebrates tall guys. Given...
Trader Joe’s Forced to Release Statement After Viral Petition
As the world continues to pay attention to the systemic racism that affects minorities, an Oakley High School student’s note of a company’s racial insensitivities made waves around the world. The 17-year-old student’s Change.org petition went viral after pointing out racial stereotypes of Chinese and Mexican cultures commonly featured on the packaging. For example, Trader Joe’s calls its Chinese food...