How to tweet your job away


Whoever came up with the name "Twitter" must have realized that it would attract a lot of twits.

I'm not suggesting that David Le, who lost his job over some tweets, is a twit. I'm insisting that he is.

The D.C. Department of Employment Services fired a contractor who was working with youths in the city's summer jobs program after officials became aware of messages on his Twitter site that Anacostia is "ghetto" and that he was loafing at work.

David Le, who was working as a participant service specialist, was terminated yesterday, said Mafara Hobson, spokeswoman for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).

"He no longer works for DOES," she said. "I can't talk about personnel issues." [Wash.Post]

Does DOES care what an employee does on Twitter? Yes, DOES does.

The firing came a day after The Washington Post showed Hobson a month-long string of tweets from Le's page. "In america's ghetto anacostia… If I get scared i will just yell chinese carry out! They will not shoot me," a message read on June 22.

On June 15, a message read, "thank goodness my boss is making things easy, he told me to pretend to do work so he can mark me down for hours." [Wash.Post]

His boss is probably furious and calling Le a RAT (rascal accessing Twitter).

The moral here: If you're cheating, don't be tweeting or unemployment you'll be greeting.

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