Husband and Wife Get Fired Over YouTube Video

report-this-firingHere's a question for you: What do you think would happen if you make profanity-laced videos about how much you hate your job and how stupid your customers are, use equipment from your employer to make the videos, and put them on YouTube?

If your answer is "get promoted," you must be living on another planet. If your answer is "get fired," you would be right.

A husband and wife who both worked on-air at KARK-TV in Little Rock, Ark., were fired this week, along with two other station employees, after two videos they made and posted on YouTube became the focus of an article by ArkansasBusiness.com.

The videos, entitled 'Report This,' feature KARK reporter Pete Thompson as a frustrated news reporter who hates his job, thinks people in Arkansas are stupid, and is desperately trying to find another job. Thompson's wife, KARK weekend anchor Courtney Collins, plays the role of Thompson's boss in the videos. Weekend sports anchor Jake Hatley also appears in the videos. Portions of the videos were shot at the TV station and others shot at actual news events that Thompson was covering, meaning that at least some of the video was shot using equipment owned by the TV station.

All three, along with one of the station's photographers, were fired, and station General Manager Rick Rogala sent this statement to ArkansasBusiness.com:

"In a very unfortunate series of incidents, a number of KARK employees acted on their own accord to produce unauthorized, offensive and distasteful videos that were subsequently posted to the Internet. I am personally shocked and saddened by the behavior of these employees. KARK has no tolerance for this type of behavior and messages that degrade and discredit our community and our employees. As a result, those involved have faced swift and appropriate disciplinary action. On behalf of the dedicated team members of KARK who take great pride in their community and profession, I would like to extend our sincerest apologies."

Thompson told reporters that he and his colleagues were putting together some videos as a test for entering a film contest.

The moral of the story is pretty clear: If you value your job, you might want to think twice about publicly dissing your employer and the people who use your services, and using your employer's resources to do it.

Watch the videos, which have since been removed from YouTube. A word of warning: they contain highly graphic language.

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charles3252

The station has no sense of humor. Rehire the couple NOW!

July 20 2010 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karla

Unfortunately, most people use the company they are working for..time and equipment for personal uses. Some people who work in machine shops take home tools from work to fix things at their home...and do at times bring them back...some like to think of it as the company owes them..b/c the paycheck is just not enough. I am sure we are all guilty of using different items that do not belong to us from our workplace. Yes...what they did was unprofessional and they shouldn't have wasted the company's time and equipment. It was time and money of which they have wasted and stolen from the station. There is always a better and legal way of doing something..like purchasing your own video cam! I hope they all learned their lesson and if they are fortunate enough to land another job..they will be better employees to that job.

July 20 2010 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ruler4You

LOL! I guess 'intelligence' really is relative.

July 18 2010 at 5:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ds10

Nonnie22, thanks for your comments and support. Apparently, Shannon did not pick up on the fact that the people involved in this project were HIRED TO COVER NEWS STORIES.....NOT TO CREATE VIDEO PROJECTS! If they want to write for TV or film, they should have moved to Hollywood and NOT to Arkansas! Perhaps they would then have the opportunity to meet their biggest fan, SHANNON, in LA-LA Land! ;o))

July 17 2010 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gjc729

Imbeciles

July 17 2010 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
valari

1stcontact....so you took the news and media out of your life, right? what do you call reading stories like this on aol? this is a media form you fool

July 16 2010 at 11:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
johnny

Think about it? Did it really hurt anyone to use the stations stuff to make those two videos. It didnt cost the station any fricking time or money. Whats the big deal....i think they she start a cable show with their charaters, It really wasnt bad.

July 16 2010 at 8:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
steven

We will probably hear from the creative ones (fired) again. e.g. Letterman? As for their boss? Are you familiar with the peter principle in business? Idea is, you will be promoted to the level of your incompatence.

July 16 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shawinca

These people risked (and lost) their jobs to make some low quality, unfunny crap like those two videos? They're stuck on stupid in my opinion.

July 16 2010 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
upurs

who cares..i bet it was half decent...hope they do well

July 16 2010 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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