1The Math Teacher Who Tweeted About Getting High
One post read, "Naked. Wet. Stoned," while another said, "Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It's funny 'cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot." Other messages suggested that the teacher was grading papers while under the influence of drugs and spending time on Twitter instead of being productive during the school day.
In her defense, McKinney claimed that she and a friend created the page as a parody, and in reality she never was in possession of drugs during the school day.
Her students thought her racy photos and tweets about marijuana were pretty cool and protested online to get her back. Nonetheless, McKinney was fired. (Source)
2The Taco Bell Employee Who Was Fired After Urinating on Nachos
Jankowski claimed that the nachos weren't served to any customers and it was just a joke, but the damage was done and he was fired.
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3The Director of Corporate Communications Who Tweeted a Racist and Insensitive "Joke"
Despite Sacco only having around 200 followers, the message quickly spread to news organizations, with social media users around the world expressing their disgust.
The irony of a supposed public relations expert tweeting such an insensitive comment – and the fact it could not be corrected during a 12-hour flight – was not lost on the general public. The hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet was soon trending on the social media site.
By the time Sacco had been pictured landing in Cape Town, the fallout was swift. She deleted the offending tweet, then her whole Twitter account, before finally removing her entire online presence – Facebook and Instagram included.
Though she issued a full apology, IAC removed her details from their site and said they had “parted ways with the employee in question." (Source 1 | Source 2)
4The Restaurant Server Who Was Fired for Complaining About his Uniform
The tweet prompted a response from the company and eventually Chantarangsu was tracked down to a Long Beach CPK and fired for his behavior.
In response to the firing, Chantarangsu posted a YouTube video explaining the circumstances around his controversial tweets and firing. Apparently jovial about the situation and clearly not interested in getting his job back, the former CPK employee isn't ready to let the situation lie.
5The Woman Who Was Fired For Dressing Like a Boston Marathon Bombing Victim
It didn't take users long to discover that Lynch had once posted a photo of her driver's license, and they used the information to attack Lynch and her family.
Twitter users circulated nude pictures and videos of her found on Tumblr. Lynch deleted all of her social media accounts, but later reopened her Twitter account in an attempt to be forgiven for the costume.
In November 2013, Lynch reported she had lost her job over the costume. (Source 1 | Source 2)
6The Waiter Who Was Fired for Tweeting About a Celebrity Dine and Dash
Her agent paid the bill the next day minus a tip causing Ingels' to issue another tweet, "Tues: Jane Adams, star of HBO series "Hung" skipped out on a $13.44 check. Her agent called and payed [sic.] the following day. NO TIP!!!"
Adams did return to the restaurant to tip Ingels about a month later, but it was too late. Barney's Corporate saw his Twitter account and encouraged his manager to fire him after 5 years of employment. (Source)
7The Student Who Lost an Employment Offer After a Negative Tweet About the Job
Shortly thereafter, there was a reply from Cisco employee Tim Levad offering to pass her sentiments along to the hiring manager. Obviously, Riley lost the job before it even started.
8The Obama Administration Employee Fired After Being Disovered as a Twitter Troll
The account was created in February 2011. With it, Joseph spent years disparaging national security policy and administration officials and even leaked vital security information. Also, many of Joseph's tweets were offensive to women. (Source)
9The Sportscaster Who Was Let Go After Tweeting His Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage
A few days earlier, Reynolds had sent out a tweet criticizing New York Ranger forward Sean Avery, who had made a public service announcement in support of gay marriage. “Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of same-gender ‘marriage.' Legal or not, it will always be wrong.”
Of course, the Reynold's firing led to a media frenzy over the use of Twitter and again brought the issue of gay rights within the professional sports community to light.
Goddard believes he was discriminated against for standing up for the beliefs of the Catholic Church, and that his freedom of speech and religion were violated when he was fired. (Source)
10The Firefighters Who Were Removed for Posting Sexist Tweets
In November 2012, a tweet from the account of Matt Bowman, @ Hero_Matt, stated, “Reject a woman and she will never let it go. One of the many defects of their kind. Also weak arms.” A tweet in March 2013 from the same account read,“I'd never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried something I'd be like HEY! You get your bitch ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie!”
On June 5, 2013, a tweet from the account of Lawaun Edwards read, “would swatting her in the back of the head been considered abuse or a way to reset the brain?”
According to a spokesman, the City of Toronto and Toronto Fire Services terminated the firefighters. (Source)