Employees Are Getting Fired For Instagram Posts
A quick Web search shows people who post personally identifiable information, show or say where they work, and use the tag #worksucks, #calledinsick or, even better, #hatemyboss. Many didn't respond to AOL Jobs' request for comments, so it's not clear if their managers have seen these posts yet.
But two employees at a Thai-Japanese restaurant in Delaware lost their jobs after they posted "photos, credit card receipts, vulgar remarks and racial slurs" on Instagram about low-tipping customers. During a four-month period, the manager of Padi allegedly posted a running string of stupid comments and images, using the hashtag #cheap #jew: Here is one example:
A sushi chef at the restaurant, who seemed to defend the manager in comments on a local newspaper's website, was also fired.
About three weeks ago,... a photo of a bill for $53.80 from a customer with an Indian surname was posted on the fumanchu85 Instagram account. The bill shows that customer tipped $5.20, or less than 10 percent. Fumanchu85 wrote: "What do you expect from a last name like that?" Then fumanchu85 wrote a derogatory term followed by #cheap #jew.
But it clearly doesn't, as a staff member, whose name hasn't been released, at an assisted living home in Deer Creek, Minn., learned. He was fired after reportedly taking a picture of a resident on the toilet and then posting it to Instagram. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, which publicly addressed the situation late in May, the resident showed skin to the upper hip and didn't know about the picture.
Someone not employed at the facility saw the picture and reported it on April 17. The staff person admitted the incident, according to news reports. The employee handbook reportedly forbids taking a picture of a client.
The number of cases will likely only increase, as the number of people essentially begging to be fired grows. Soccer player Sebastien Bassong got into hot water with his team last month when he posted pictures of himself with guns on Instagram and quickly deleted them. Replacing Bassong would be anything but a casual effort.
#calledinsick. Another user posted a photo of herself smiling, giving the finger, with the hashtags #nurse, #hatemyboss #nurse #tired.
Maybe some of these people should check for Instagram's engraved "fire me" invitation filter.
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Erik Sherman is a widely published writer and editor who also does select ghosting and corporate work. Follow him on Twitter at @ErikSherman