This guy was fired for liking a Facebook photo, and to add insult to injury, he was fired via text. His name is Troy Garrod, and he had been working at Bertrams Books in the U.K. for over four years. One day, he randomly liked a coworker's picture on Facebook—a picture that 70 other people also liked. The picture was poking fun at a wolf sweater the coworker had seen in the company's warehouse:
The picture was posted with the following caption:
OMG I’m f**king crying… I’m sure there’s a wolf fleece appreciation page pahahaha.
A few days later he got a text from his boss saying that he'd been fired. He was told that his liking the photo was an act of "bullying" against the worker who owned it, despite the fact that Garrod didn't even know who owned it. He was shocked, to say the least:
Being sacked by text and email is not right after four-and-a-half years of hard work. I put my heart and soul into that company and enjoyed going into work every day. [...] It just seems so unfair that clicking the ‘like’ button has caused me so much trouble.
He wants to warn people about the dangers of mixing Facebook with work:
When people go on their Facebook timeline they don’t view it professionally, you think it’s just your social time. I want to warn people to keep work and social divided on Facebook – be careful about befriending colleagues.
Bertrams Books has not commented on the matter.