Facebook posts cause bank worker to lose layoff payoff?

Bank worker crows on Facebook after hearing her workplace will be liquidated. She thinks she'll be transferred or paid off. When bosses hear of posts, they fire her instead.

It is now an accepted wisdom that sharing yourself on Facebook can add to your woes.

However, a bank worker in the U.K., Katie Furlong, may have encountered a new form of Facebook anguish.

According to the Daily Mail, Furlong was told by her employer, the Royal Bank of Scotland, that she might enjoy a change in her conditions of employment. She was reportedly told by phone that her own place of work would be shut down.

Being a woman of modern mien, Furlong then reportedly turned to Facebook to express her glee at receiving this sudden windfall, posting: "I speak for myself when I say 'WoOOOOooooOooooHOoooOooOoo' it was pretty damn obvious something like this was coming."

For, indeed, RBS--one of the banks that didn't come out with entire pulchritude from the world banking meltdown--was laying off 3,500 workers.

Furlong reportedly continued with her Facebooked joy. She described it as the "best news ever." She wrote that there was, perhaps, the option of a transfer from Telford to Birmingham with a travel allowance or, indeed, being laid off.

While a transfer to Birmingham--the place where my own parents continue to survive--would, to some, seem like a considerable punishment, Furlong herself reportedly posted "Either way, SCORE!!!"

She was happy, it seemed.

Indeed, she reportedly continued with her Facebook postings, offering: "It was not unexpected. I've just hung on by my fingertips to stick around long enough for a nice payout when they could've had me out long ago without a penny! More fool them! Haha! Xx."

Now then, about that nice payoff. Furlong calculated that, given her time at the bank, it would have amounted to about 6,000 British pounds, or $10,000, had she been laid off.

Alas, her Facebook postings reached the eyes, ears, and nervous system of her employer. You see, that's the part about sharing that Mark Zuckerberg never tells you: the part in which the Facebook posting hits the nonfan.

You will be less surprised than you would be by a three-legged horse finishing last in the Kentucky Derby when I tell you that Furlong was reportedly hauled before a bank disciplinary committee and, oh, yes, fired. She is now suing the bank for the payoff for which she had, indeed, been hoping.

You might think that Furlong would be a little circumspect about Facebook following this experience. However, I have just moseyed over to the Facebook account of one Katie Furlong--current: Telford, U.K.--and discovered that her ire gleams unabated.

She now says she works as a driving instructor: "Paid for by Royal Bank of Scotland. The irony."

On her Facebook resume, next to her employment at RBS, she offers: "I used to work here but a) they're a bunch of [expletive deleted] who don't know the difference between 'blogging' and 'social networking' and b) are completey [sic] ethically, morally, and enviornmentally [sic] corrupt and have no social conscience. Fascists. I hope the Government lets you fail next time."

Should this be the very same Katie Furlong, one wonders whether, in any subsequent legal proceedings, these postings might come up in conversation.

 

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