16-year-old Kimberley Swann had recently been hired by Ivell Marketing & Logistics to do some office administration work — shred paper, scan documents, etc. She updated her Facebook status a number of times to reflect how boring the work was. Some of the updates included:
- first day at work. omg!! So dull!!
- all i do is shred holepunch n scan paper!!! omg!
- im so totally bord!!!
Considering the kind of work she describes, I can’t say I blame her for being bored. Her boss didn’t see it that way. After discovering the posts, he called Kimberley into his office, fired her, and told her:
I have seen your comments on Facebook and I don’t want my company being in the news.
Oops. He didn’t mention any problems with her performance, and she hadn’t been using the companies name in her updates. It’s also not clear whether she was posting from work or not, but it seems that she was. If it was a problem, he probably should have at least asked her not to play on Facebook during work, which would be fair.