It was the new job tweet seen around the Twittersphere, one that was profane enough to get a woman fired before her first day.
A Texas teen took to Twitter to express a less-than-enthusiastic sentiment about starting a new job the following day. That tweet posted the night before she was scheduled to begin work, contained language that isn’t suitable for this blog, seemed to indicate she was neither delighted nor appreciative of the opportunity:
Ew I start this f*** a** job tomorrow.
Her would-be boss at a Mansfield, Texas pizza restaurant reportedly saw the tweet and obliged her.
And no… you don’t start the ** job today! I just fired you! Good luck with your no money, no job life.
What’s particularly strange to me is the report that it happened to be the first time he’d used his Twitter account since 2009. I suspect that likely means someone tipped him off to his newly-hired employee’s post.
The episode has prompted the predictable complaints about the employee’s right to free speech. The problem is, her right to free speech wasn’t denied. She did, by all accounts, post what she wanted to, when she wanted to.
For some reason, people still don’t seem to understand that freedom of speech is not the same thing as freedom from consequences.
I might be more inclined to agree with the argument that since she didn’t identify her employer specifically, the employer was premature to take such action against her.
Years ago, I was walking into a pizza store near my home to pick up an order I had placed by phone. As I walked through the parking lot, I passed two parked cars parked next to each other driver’s side to driver’s side, in which two employees were sitting, enjoying a pre-shift chat. As I passed by, I heard the man, while in uniform, tell the woman, “Well, let’s go inside here and pretend we care.”
Honestly, it was all I could do not to report the remark to the manager on duty.
I don’t delude myself into thinking that every employee of every restaurant cares about their work when they’re preparing my food. I hope they do, but that’s about as much as I can expect. But when a restaurant employee cares so little to vocalize that sentiment in front of and within earshot of a customer, the customer should get as far away from that restaurant as possible.
Fortunately, that restaurant has since closed. I wonder why.
Even though the tweet didn’t identify the restaurant by name, how could the boss reasonably expect her not to reveal that information the first time she found something she didn’t like. (And by the looks of that tweet, that wouldn’t have taken very long.)
An employee no more interested in working than that should spend a little time out of work. Maybe that will at least make her a little more appreciative of her next opportunity.
She’d just better hope her next employer isn’t social media-savvy.