With the prevalence of social media, it’s getting harder and harder to separate our personal and professional lives.
It’s to the point that we need to assume that almost everything we share online, even privately, will be public.
Here are 17 people who lost their jobs for using Facebook. Whether you side with the business or the employee, the lesson is the same: think twice about what you share online.
22-year-old North Carolina waitress Ashley Johnson blasted two customers over Facebook for stiffing her on the tip and keeping her late. She also took the time to mention her workplace by name.
She was fired for breaking a rule about disparaging customers.
A British woman serving jury duty posted details of the case she was serving on. The she wrote, 'I don't know which way to go, so I'm holding a poll.'
An anonymous tip resulted in the woman being immediately dismissed from the jury.
Caitlin Davis was fired from her job cheerleading for the New England Patriots when a photo of her surfaced on Facebook. She appears next to a passed-out partygoer who's been covered in phallic symbols, swastikas, and the phrase 'I'm a Jew.'
She also has a Sharpie in her hand.
Great Western Hospital staff in Swindon, Wiltshire, England were suspended for participating in 'The Lying Down on the Job Game,' where people photograph themselves lying face-down at work. The staff were lying on the hospital's floors, resuscitation tables, and even the helipad.
Andrew Kurtz was a pierogi mascot for the Pittsburgh Pirates until one of his Facebook posts, aimed at the team's owner and managers, got some negative attention: 'Coonelly extended the contracts of Russell and Huntington through the 2011 season. That means a 19-straight losing streak. Way to go Pirates.'
He was fired the next day.
13 Virgin Airlines crew members were fired after publicly discussing aspects of their job on Facebook. They shared the number of times that certain aeroplane engines had been replaced and that the cabins were infested with cockroaches.
They also took the time to insult the passengers who ultimately pay their salaries.
Buckingham Palace Guardsman Cameron Reilly isn't Kate Middleton's biggest fan. He posted:
'Hur and william drove past me on Friday n all a got was a shitty wave while she looked the opposite way from me, stupid stuck up cow am I not good enough for them! posh bitch am totally with u on this 1 who reely gives a f about hur,'
Can you guess what happened after that?
Nathalie Blanchard had been living off of disability insurance for depression since 2008. But when Manulife, the Canadian insurance company making the payments, got into her Facebook page, they saw her 'relaxing at the beach, hanging out at a Chippendale's-style club, and generally having a lot of fun.'
She immediately lost her insurance benefits.
The day after a 6th grader died during a field trip to the beach, 15-year teaching veteran Christine Rubio posted the following to her Facebook profile:
'After today, I'm thinking the beach is a good trip for my class. I hate their guts.'
The school board is figuring out how to proceed.
Sister Maria Jesus Galan was asked to leave the Santo Domingo el Real convent in Toledo, Spain, because she was spending too much time on Facebook. Fellow nuns said that her Facebook activity 'made life impossible.'
This is all after she used the computer to digitize the convent's archives and help handle banking over the Internet.
Tania Dickinson identifies her job at the New Zealand Social Development Ministry on her profile as a 'very expensive paperweight.' She brags that she is 'highly competent in the art of time wastage, blame-shifting and stationery theft.'
The expensive paperweight was fired.
Frank Samuelson was a little league football coach in Georgia with some racial issues. He wrote the following on Facebook:
'I was dining in an Asian buffet today (big surprise), and I heard this morning how Asian students are supposedly so much smarter than American kids. My personal observation is that those fishheads still eat with chopsticks. It took Western ingenuity to invent the fork. I'm just saying. ... they ain't that friggin' smart.'
Citizens came down hard on the organisation and not the coach himself. He readily admits the comment was in poor taste, but he's hired an attorney.