Sharon Duffy

Sharon Duffy, a Greece NY high school teacher, resigned after a student’s mother posted a Facebook photo of Ms. Duffy allegedly writing an offensive term on the whiteboard.

Per 13Wham News,

“A parent of a student in the class said that her daughter took a picture of one of the words that the teacher allegedly wrote on a white board, and posted it on Facebook. The 17-year-old student said the teacher played dirty word games to bond with students.”

Though the term in question is blurred in many news reports, it appears to be the word “C******KER.” Interestingly, many students have come in defense of Ms. Duffy, who they claim was a dedicated teacher.

Sharon Duffy

Alleged photo of Sharon Duffy and offensive term, via TWC News

Peter Burns

Peter Burns, a Pleasantville NY police officer, is relieved of duties and possibly facing suspension for posting an obscene, racist rant against President Barack Obama on his Facebook page.

Per Lohud.com and The Journal News:

“The fact that he (Obama) is still alive bewilders me,” Officer Peter Burns is alleged to have written in the post, obtained by The Journal News on Thursday. “Go die in a shallow grave you Muslim commie …”

The post, apparently written Dec. 11 on a Facebook profile page Burns operated under the name “Coon Trapper,” contained a racial slur, made reference to “1st amendment NSA” and described Obama as “un-American.”

After being shown an image of the vulgar diatribe late Monday afternoon, Pleasantville Police Chief Richard Love told the newspaper he was unaware of the post but would take immediate action. On Tuesday, Love announced that Burns has been relieved of his duties and placed on paid administrative leave.”

Screenshot from Peter Burns' facebook page, source: The Journal News

Screenshot from Peter Burns’ facebook page, source: The Journal News

David Spondike

David Spondike, a music teacher, has been fired from his position at Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio, for allegedly posting a racist rant on his Facebook Page about a group of trick or treaters.

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David Spondike, source: Fox19

Per Newsnet 5 Cleveland:

“Spondike’s Facebook entry used a number of obscenities, as well as the “N-word.” He initially denied writing the post, alleging in a YouTube video that the 19-year-old son of his best friend, who was at his home that night, wrote it.

He later took full responsibility for the comments, which resulted in the administrative leave.”

Alleged comments from David Spondike

Alleged comments from David Spondike, source: Fox19

Dayna Morales

Dayna Morales, a New Jersey waitress, was fired from her position at Gallop Asian Bistro after she posted an image to Facebook of a check received from a customer with an anti-gay message instead of a tip. After an initial outpouring of support, confusion arose when the alleged customers produced their receipt which included a tip. Some allege that Ms. Morales altered the receipt.

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Side by side copies of Dayna Morales’ alleged tip (left) and the customer’s copy (right). Credit: NY Daily News

Per the NY Daily News:

“Morales, who is openly gay, made international news last month when she posted a photo on the Facebook page, Have a Gay Day, of a note her customers had left won the receipt stating, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle.”

The customers later came forward and said they left no such note and in fact tipped Morales $18 on the $93.55 bill, TV station NBC 4 New York reported.

The restaurant said it conducted an internal investigation of the incident, but could not determine exactly what happened.”

Dayna Morales

Dayna Morales, source: NY Daily News

Taylor Palmisano

Taylor Palmisano, the 23 year old deputy finance director for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, has been fired for writing offensive posts on Twitter.

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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.”

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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).

 

 

Double Standard? Laraine Cook

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

Laraine Cook and fiance Tom Harrison, image courtesy of NY Daily News

Barefoot at Taco John’s: Melinda Halvorsen

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.”

Melinda Halvorsen

The alleged photo of Melinda Halvorsen cooking barefoot behind a Taco John’s counter, image courtesy of the Daily Mail

 

Rachel Burnett

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”

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Image source: (@ShawnLeyLive/Twitter/Blaze edited) and reposted from The Blaze.

Scott Torgeson

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.

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Scott Torgeson, Image source: Radio Ink Magazine