Troy Garrod from Norwich found that a simple Facebook like can change your life in a not-so-great way. He saw that most of his co-workers from Bertrams Books had liked a photo of a wolf fleece on Facebook similar to the one below.
One of his female coworkers had uploaded the picture with the caption,
“OMG I’m fucking crying … I’m sure there’s a wolf fleece appreciation page pahahaha”
Troy said he didn’t know what it meant but as 70 other people liked it he decided to join in. Unfortunately the picture was mocking another employee. His liking the photo had contributed to the “bullying” of said employee, to which his boss texted him a few days later stating that he had been fired.
“I didn’t know what the photo meant but everyone else who worked there was liking it so I just joined in. When I received the text saying I’d been sacked I couldn’t believe it,” Troy said.
“I felt really hurt and angry and all my former colleagues think what happened is ridiculous.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.”
“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.”