Everyone has their opinions of social media; some, such as myself, consider it a waste of time. I also don’t want my personal life exposed to people all over the world who don’t truly know me and what I’m all about. If you chose to use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you must be ready to accept the consequences. What you write or depict on social media may result in agreement, or even praise, but you must also realize you could receive responses filled with vicious hatred and personal accusations.
Tweets can be humorous as well; just such a case happened recently in Mansfield, Texas.
A teenage girl had been hired to work at ‘Jet’s Pizza.’ The night before she was to begin her new job, she sent out a tweet to her ‘followers.’ She said ‘ew,’ I have to start this (expletive, expletive), job tomorrow. She then added several thumbs down ‘emojis.’ The girl’s Twitter name is @Cella.
Her new boss, the owner of the pizza establishment was informed of the tweet. He didn’t have access to her phone number, so he went to his seldom-used twitter account and responded: He tweeted her telling her she was not going to start that (expletive, expletive), job tomorrow, informing her that she was fired. He then offered her good luck with no money and no job.
If you thought that was funny, it gets more disturbing. @Cella received support from the United States and nations around the world netting her approximately 1,000 new followers. She has been contacted by radio stations who want to interview her.
Some tweets doubted the authenticity of the response from the owner of the ‘Jet’s Pizza.’ In reaction, Robert Waple tweeted once more. He said ‘it’s me,’ and said that he rarely uses his Twitter account, but he did that day. He also referred to that girl who would have been working at the register, taking phone orders, making subs and salads and eating free pizza; ‘how hard could that be?’ He also said he would normally have phoned her to let her know she had lost her job before she began, but he wasn’t at work where he had access to her personal information; another employee had sent him an e-mail containing her tweeted message.
Mr. Waple’s reply to @Cella received at least one response from a disgruntled ex-employee. He said that he was stoned every day he worked at the pizzeria, and that their pizza ‘sucked.’ A former manager offered a retort, saying that being stoned might have been an excuse for delivering one pizza to the wrong house, but not for multiple infractions.
This is likely a first; being fired on Twitter before beginning a job; but it probably won’t be the last. Far too many teenagers are obsessed with their toys, and have little respect for authority figures. They have few ethics regarding work, and none when attacking other human beings.
I always believed that the telephone was an unfair weapon; it was possible to use distance and the lack of shared space to verbally harm another human being. The social media is far worse with the ability to share your hatred or misplaced anger, directed at another person or group of people, with dozens if not thousands of other individuals.
To @Cello I would say ‘grow-up,’ there are lots of people who want or need a job, and there are millions more who have serious problems they need to vent.
Commentary by James Turnage