Taylor Palmisano, the 23 year old deputy finance director for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, has been fired for writing offensive posts on Twitter.
taylor palmisano linkedin profile, via Fox News Latino
Per the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal:
…Palmisano, 23, complained about an individual who was doing custodial work in a library in which she was working.
“I will choke that illegal mex cleaning in the library. Stop banging (expletive) chairs around and turn off your Walkman,” she posted on March 9, 2011.
Two months earlier, she went to Twitter to write about her bus trip from Pasadena, Calif., to Las Vegas after watching the Wisconsin Badgers play in the Rose Bowl: “This bus is my worst (expletive) nightmare Nobody speaks English & these ppl dont know how 2 control their kids #only3morehours #illegalaliens.”
Tweets from Taylor Palmisano, source: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinal
This is Governor Walker’s second instance of having to fire someone because of social media (he recently fired his assistant deputy Steven Krieser for ranting about illegal immigrants on Facebook).
Laraine Cook, a former Pocatello High School coach from Pocatello, Idaho, was fired for allegedly posting a racy picture with her fiance, Tom Harrison, on Facebook. Some interesting debate has been made over the fact that both Ms. Cook and her fiance work for the same district, but she was the only one fired.
Per the Idaho State Journal:
Cook was dismissed Oct. 23 for a photo posted on her Facebook account that showed fiancé Harrison, Pocatello High’s football coach, touching her clothed chest. Both were wearing bathing suits at the time.
The photo, which can now be easily found online, was taken in July during a Cook family reunion in Oregon. It was removed in July two days after it was posted when Pocatello High Athletic Director Robert Parker informed Harrison that Cook should take it down to “avoid any problems,” Cook said.
The school district’s administration found out about the photo Oct. 21, and Cook was dismissed two days later. Harrison received a reprimand.
Laraine Cook and fiance Tom Harrison, image courtesy of NY Daily News
Melinda Halvorsen, a 31 year old Taco John’s manager in Charles City, Idaho, was fired after a customer posted a picture of her working without shoes on Facebook. Ms. Halvorsen allegedly prepared food for herself and two friends behind the Taco John’s counter after mowing the grass outside the restaurant.
Per the Des Moines Register:
One of those customers photographed Halvorsen — with no shoes, gloves or uniform — as she prepared food for herself and two friends. The customer then posted the image to Facebook with the caption, “This is in Charles City Iowa Taco John’s!! This woman was preparing food with bare feet, no uniform, her bra and chest hanging out all over the place, she was pouring sweat, wiping it off with her hands and not washing them. I asked for the manager — she WAS the manager!! She was extremely rude because I was upset with her appearance and behavior.”
The alleged photo of Melinda Halvorsen cooking barefoot behind a Taco John’s counter, image courtesy of the Daily Mail
Rachel Burnett, a Detroit DTE Energy employee, was allegedly fired for making a rant against irate customers on her Facebook page. Per The Blaze, Ms. Burnett wrote:
” Got to work this morning and we currently have 275,000 customers without power! White people in Oakland county are ppiiiisseddd right now they got f***** up lol…And don’t call me acting a g****** fool I will hang up on yo a**! ***THIS HAS BEEN YOUR DTE REPRESENTATIVE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT***ANNOUNCEMENT”
Image source: (@ShawnLeyLive/Twitter/Blaze edited) and reposted from The Blaze.
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Scott Torgeson, a radio show host in Columbus, OH, was allegedly fired for making an insulting tweet about former NFL star and current ESPN analyst Desmond Howard. From Radio Ink Magazine:
Over a week ago Torgeson tweeted, “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” Today he was officially fired by the station.
Scott Torgeson, Image source: Radio Ink Magazine
Kevin Eckstein, a 38 year old computer technician at Cinema School, in New York City, was fired after inappropriate Facebook chats with a fake account pretending to be a 16 year old girl. Per the Daily Mail:
The students at New York’s Cinema School, in the Bronx, had a sense that Kevin Eckstein, 38, was ‘creepy’ so set out to try and prove it by setting up the profile for ‘Sarah Archer’…
…Eckstein allegedly fell for it and soon was telling the teen she was cute, invited her to visit him at the school and asked her on dinner dates, according to the New York Post…
…He was sacked on August 12. According to his LinkedIn profile he was an employee there for the last three years.
Kevin Eckstein, source DailyMail from LinkedIn
Brian Stropolo, a replacement NFL referee, was allegedly pulled from his refereeing job after NFL officials discovered pictures of him on Facebook with New Orleans Saints apparel on, due to concerns about the potential for a biased officiating job. Per ESPN:
Stropolo, who is from New Orleans area and lists himself on Facebook as an NFL side judge, posted pictures of himself in Saints gear tailgating at an Aug. 25 preseason game. Stropolo did not work the game against the Texans, but he was assigned to Sunday’s game in Carolina. There were several photos of Stropolo in Saints gear on his Facebook page.
Stropolo worked the Week 1 opener between the Cowboys and Giants and posted on Sept. 5: “Thanks to everyone for all the support. The crew did a great job tonight. Next stop September 16th at Carolina vs the Saints.”
Stropolo’s status update drew 73 “likes” and comments such as “Hey, now be nice with those yellow flags for our Saints!!” and “That’s awesome you get to be an official for a Saints game! I didn’t think they would let you since your (sic) from Louisiana.”
Brian Stropolo, source: Facebook.com, via SI.com
Fourteen El Monte lifeguards were fired for creating a video of themselves in a spoof of the popular video “Gangnam Style,” and then posting it on YouTube. The case is generating a lot of interest, especially with those who feel that the firings were too harsh. Per the Pasadena Star News:
“In late August, the lifeguards shot a spoof of the Korean pop sensation “Gangnam Style” music video in their lifeguard uniforms and subsequently posted on Youtube, now with more than a million views.
The city fired the “at-will” seasonal and part-time employees for violating their contract, which stipulates that they cannot “use any city property for his/her own private benefit,” according to a statement released last week.”
Anya Cintron Stern, a 31 year old lawyer, was allegedly fired for posting a picture of her client’s underwear on Facebook. Ms. Stern, representing Fermin Recalde, got the picture while her client’s clothing was being inspected during a trial. In addition, the trial was declared a mistrial. Per the Miami Herald:
Recalde’s family brought him a bag of fresh clothes to wear during trial. When Miami-Dade corrections officers lifted up the pieces for a routine inspection, Recalde’s public defender Anya Cintron Stern snapped a photo of Recalde’s briefs with her cellphone, witnesses said.
While on a break, the 31-year-old lawyer posted the photo on her personal Facebook page with a caption suggesting the client’s family believed the underwear was “proper attire for trial.”
Although her Facebook page is private and can only be viewed by her friends, somebody who saw the posting notified Miami-Dade Judge Leon Firtel, who declared a mistrial.
And Cintron Stern was immediately fired, according to Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez, whose office represents clients who cannot afford a private attorney…
…Also of concern to her superiors: an earlier post on her Facebook that appeared to call into question the client’s innocence.”