Case 2 Fired because of Facebook
Holloween can be a tricky holiday for young working college students in America. Most holidays occure on a monday or friday, and are given as a free day off both from school and work. Thanksgiving, for example is always the third thursday of the month of November. Holloween is always the same day of the year, October 31st. This causes holloween to coinside with many obnoxious days of the week, mainly, workdays.
October 31st, 2007 was the date of a holloween party in Worcester, New York. Kevin Colin was a young employee of Anglo Irish Bank. He also was invited to attend the previously mentioned party.
Unfortunatly he would not be able to attend the party due to his work schedual. Being struck with this delema, Kevin came up with a brilliant scheem, allowing him to both keep his job and make it to one of the greatest parties of the year.
His wonderfull idea was to fake a family emergency. Family emergencies are vauge enough to keep people from asking questions and revealing the lie. Less clever excuses include things such as “my grandmother passed away” which has the tendency to backfire when, lets say, your grandmother really does die and you need to take off work for the funeral. Family emergencies, is also a great way to play the “its a sensitive topic, I dont want to talk about it” card that helps keeps the lie afloat.
Here is a copy of the letter Kevin wrote to his boss:
I just wanted to let you know that I will not be able to come into work tomorrow. Something came up at home and I had to go to New York this morning for the next couple of days. I apologize for the delayed notice.
Kevin left for New York with the rightfully erned “Smartest Man In America” award. He arrived at the party, dressed in his highly creative Faery costume and had a great time. Kevin like most young American's is the owner of a digital camera, which he remember to bring with him to the party. A few times through the night he used his cammera to take pictures of the revelry, and to have pictures of himself taken. This act in of itself is no cause for alarm. Kevin returned home after the party and soon after uploaded these pictures, with the incriminating evidence, onto his facebook account.
Facebook is an online community, made mostly of college students, that allows you to communicate and share photos and videos. It provides each of its users with a customizable blog and homepage, and an every growing amount of 3rd party applications to fill every online need one could ever have, from playing board games to buying movie tickets.
When Kevin posted pictures of himself onto his facebook account, he had the option of making the photos private, viewable to only a select few. He determined that the liklyhood of his boss stumbling across the pictures was quite small, and decided it would be more fun to have the pictures be public, ie viewable by anyone regardless of if they were a part of his facebook circle, or even more so a facebook member.
Soon after Kevin posted, his manager, Paul Davis, did a quick search on the internet to see if any evindence would be found to grant suspicion that Kevins story was not entirely true. With the highspeed internet connection that so many of us take forgranted now adays, Paul Davis was easily able to find Kevin's facebook page, complete with the photos from the recent party Kevin had attended.
Paul took matters into his own hands at this point and sent a reply email to Kevin, including in this email, a picture that Paul had downloaded from Kevin's facebook page. The picture included featured Kevin dressed as a fairy, holding a beer and a wand, smiling into the camera.
The letter read as follows:
Thanks for letting us know—hope everything is ok in New York. (cool wand)
PCD (Paul Davis)
Paul then included this email in a forward to all members of the bank.