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10+ People Who Lost Their Jobs Because Of Social Media Posts

Sydney Brooman 15 Apr 2019

If you don't have your social media accounts set to private, anyone in the world could theoretically see what you post.

If you're an upstanding citizen, you have nothing to worry about. However, some people choose to publicly document their worst behavior on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and ultimately pay the price for it.

1. After this Facebook post, Brookfield Zoo had one less employee.

Facebook | Rochelle Robinson

After Brookfield Zoo employee Rochelle Robinson took a selfie on the job with the caption, "At work serving these rude a** white people", it got so much traction that the zoo was forced to release a statement:

"Yesterday, we became aware of the actions of a single employee which we agree are unacceptable...please know that we took prompt action to remedy the situation this morning."

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2. This high school counselor chose a very unfortunate metaphor for her anger.


The post spread like wildfire, and obviously, public threats of violence don't bode well for someone who works in the school system.

At least now she's got all the free time in the world to get some counselling of her own?

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3. Bye bye body shamer.


Dani Mathers hosted her own radio show before posting a video on her Snapchat of a naked 80-year-old woman showering at her gym.

Not only was it rude, but it was a gross invasion of privacy. She lost the radio gig soon after, but does anybody really feel bad?

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4. This woman lost her job in the span of one brief flight.

Twitter | @justinesacco

Justine Sacco's career was destroyed in a matter of seconds when she sent out a racist tweet on her way to Cape Town. The internet created the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet in reference to her obvious impending job loss.

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5. You've gotta be squeaky clean in the world of children's education.


When parents stumbled across high school teacher Ashley Payne's public Facebook account, many of them were concerned with what they found.

A case was brought to the school board and Payne was ultimately removed from her teaching position because of a collection of photos like the one above, in which she was seen endorsing drinking alcohol.

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6. There's inappropriate, and then there's just plain gross.


This man was fired from Taco Bell after several of his co-workers showed a rather incriminating photograph that he had posted to his Facebook account to their manager.

As it's a literal safety hazard, we're glad that his boss made the call.

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7. When you go after Steve Irwin and his family, you get the full force of the internet's wrath.

Twitter | @catherinedeveny

Australian comic and writer Catherine Deveny made this public comment on her Twitter account about Steve Irwin's young daughter Bindi.

She was almost immediately fired from her position at the Australian newspaper The Age, but surprisingly, she admits to this day that she doesn't regret what she said.

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8. These mining workers did the Harlem Shake right into unemployment.

After a video went viral of these workers doing their own version of the Harlem Shake dance, their boss was pretty unimpressed at their lack of professionalism.

A lot of them were simply given written warnings, but the five men who orchestrated the video found themselves jobless in a matter of hours.

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9. One working professional learned quickly that some secrets are for 'company eyes only.'

Unsplash | Daria Nepriakhina

A young woman working at an HR company lost her job after revealing one of the company's new clients on her personal Instagram.

The identity of the client wasn't supposed to be revealed, and the young woman was blamed for the deal subsequently coming to a halt.

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10. A true American 'Hero.'

Twitter | @Hero_Matt

Firefighter Matt Bowman showcased his sexism on Twitter to his thousands of followers, and was promptly 'let go' from the station.

Honestly, we hope that he lost his job and his pie.

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11. This nurse decided it would be a good idea to publicly mock a man's gruesome death.

The woman's Instagram post reads: "Man vs. 6 Train, the aftermath", with a photo of the emergency surgery room after the man's death.

Needless to say, she wasn't seeing any patients after that.

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12. If you have a job you don't like, maybe don't shout it to the world.

Twitter | @connerriley

After Conner Riley accepted a job offer at a new company, she decided that it would be a good idea to publicly announce how much she hated said company.

Her tweet was seen immediately, and the offer was promptly revoked.

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13. These bankers staged and posted photos of a fake terrorist attack.

A group of HSBC bankers were fired after photos emerged on Facebook of them carrying out a mock execution on an Asian colleague.

A HSBC spokesman told The Sun: “We do not tolerate inappropriate behaviour".

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14. I guess this girl didn't need a job too badly.

Twitter | @Cella_

In a hilarious turn of events, this woman's new boss also fired her over Twitter.

Some things are meant to be kept to yourself.

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Her boss saw her tweet and fired back one of his own!

Twitter | @Robertwaple

Savage. But some situations call for savagery.

It turns out when our teachers warned us that our employers would be looking us up online, they weren't kidding.

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15. This might be at the top of the list of 'Things NOT to post on social media'

Unsplash | Helloquence

While serving jury duty, a man decided that it wouldn't be a problem if he shared intimate details of the case on his personal Facebook, in order to get his friends' opinions on what his decision should be.

Though jury duty isn't technically a job, we're counting this one because the entire jury had to be dissolved, which had a major impact on the case itself.

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16. Making fun of customers gets you a one way ticket out the door.

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These two Little Ceasers employees were fired after posting a photograph and corresponding rude message about a customer at their location.

But the real question is, did that lady get the correct pizza?

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17. You may want to be careful whose kid you insult.

Twitter | @petershall

Media producer Peter S. Hall was quickly attacked in the Twitterverse after he made quite the pointed jab at Donald Trump's son, Barron. A few days later, he was fired from his job.

Was it worth it? You decide.

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18. Might as well make 'naked. wet. stoned' your resume tagline.

Twitter | @@carlycrunkbear

Colorado high school math teacher Carly McKinney had been previously suspended at work for posting inappropriate photos. Then, she decided to step up her photograph game and become the ultimate 'bad influence'.

This time, there were no second chances.

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19. Anything but #SquadGoals

New England Patriot's cheerleader Caitlin Davis found herself in hot water after images emerged online of her writing antisemitic slurs and x-rated drawings on a passed out guy at a party.

Her reasoning was that she wasn't the only one to blame for the writing, but the photos had gotten so much attention online that it only made sense for the cheerleading team to give her the boot.

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20. And then there's this guy.

Twitter | @cameronisonfire

Cameron Jankowski was employed at Taco Bell when he posted a photo of himself urinating on nachos.

Yeah. He really did that.

Luckily for us, Taco Bell didn't take the photograph very well, and Jankowski is not only infamous, but unemployed.

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21. No amount of fairy dust will get this guy his job back.

Kevin Colvin was an intern at a bank when he decided to post this picture to his Facebook — unfortunately, he had also decided to email his boss and lie about having to miss work because "something came up in New York."

His boss replied with an email that said, "Hope everything's ok in New York. (cool wand.)" Yikes.

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22. You'd think a communications director would know better than to post something like this.

Elizabeth Lauten was the communications director for Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee back in 2014 until she made the not-so-smart decision to write a Facebook post criticizing Sasha and Malia Obama for their outfits at the annual White House turkey pardon.

Lauten later made a follow up post apologizing, but the damage was done. She could've used a communications director of her own to tell her to just skip sharing this kind of opinion publicly.

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