Before logging on to your Facebook account to complain about a cheap customer or your obnoxious boss, you might want to think twice. Ashley Johnson, a 22-year-old waitress at a pizza parlor in North Carolina, found out the hard way that speaking your mind on the Internet can get you fired.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Johnson logged into Facebook and complained about a couple who sat at her table for three hours and left a $5 tip. The waitress called the couple cheap and mentioned the restaurant – Brixx Pizza – by name. Citing company policy that forbids employees from speaking negatively about customers, Brixx officials fired Johnson.
Do you think Brixx was right to fire Johnson or did they violate her freedom of speech? Was the young waitress wrong to express her complaints on a public forum?
Have you ever been burned when you posted something that happened at your workplace? What’s your company’s social networking policy? Do you think it’s fair?
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