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Man loses job after asking for marijuana via Twitter


 

TORONTO – An online search for marijuana has turned into a job hunt for one Canadian Twitter user.

Sunith Baheerathan caused an online stir when he issued a tweet requesting prospective pot sellers to bring some of their wares to a Mr. Lube location in a Toronto suburb.

That location was Baheerathan’s place of employment until Tuesday, according to both the company and Baheerathan’s own tweets.

Baheerathan first raised eyebrows when he expressed his workplace craving in a public tweet and appealed directly to those who may be able to satisfy it.

“Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop? Come to Keele/Langstaff Mr. Lube, need a spliff,” he wrote.

But the tweet soon turned into a viral sensation when it caught the attention of local police, who lost no time in contributing to the online chatter.

“Awesome! Can we come too?” read the retort from the York Regional Police’s official twitter feed.

Moments later the twitter exchange was a trending topic in Toronto. Shortly after that, Baheerathan found himself looking for work.

“Just got the call of termination,” he tweeted to a friend.

An employer at the Mr. Lube location mentioned in Baheerathan’s controversial tweet, who would not share his name, confirmed that Baheerathan had been fired yesterday but would not say whether his dismissal was related to his online activities.

Phone calls to the head office of Mr. Lube in British Columbia were not immediately returned.

Baheerathan responded to an interview request by retweeting it to his followers alongside several messages expressing consternation at his firing.

“I’ve lost complete hope in society man. There’s killers/rapists/people missing and all they care about is a dude asking for weed,” he wrote in one tweet.

“Gotta watch what you tweet nowadays, even the freedom of speech & the right to an entitled opinion isn’t safe,” read another.

Social media consultant Amber MacArthur doesn’t believe freedom of speech has much to do with the issue.

Companies are unlikely to look kindly on any employee that brings them unwanted attention, she said, adding canvassing illegal activity on Twitter is one of the most basic breaches of corporate online etiquette.

“There is that perception that employees can be free to say whatever they want, but the reality is an employer does have the right to dismiss an employee if the employee has connected their name with some kind of activity . . . that doesn’t reflect well on them, and this is a perfect example of that,” she said.


 
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Man loses job after asking for marijuana via Twitter

  1. Sunith Baheerathan should know Dragon’s Den Jim Treliving runs a tight ship, old boys club and ex-RCMP too he would certainly be police state anti-drug.

    I neither support nor am against the firing. There are two equal cases to be made, if a pot smoker damages cars, not good for profit, business or the customer and if doing pot at work, it does increases losses in these areas.

    On the flip side, anything you do outside of work is affecting jobs more than ever. You need no more proof than this. Happens all the time, be a anti-statism libertarian can get you fired or laid off. Often decisions on job retention is decided by politics and not productivity. Todays Internet makes it easy to profile people and make hiring/firing/layoff decisions for political reasons. If someone with power targets you, can’t fire you as you are a productive producer, they will try to dig up dirt on you.

    Its why spying is done. NSA/CSEC spying isn’t about truth or justice, its about getting the dirt on people and profiling them for political purposes. We are told its justice and truth, but really its influence and managing the people like a herd of animals. Politicians often sell evil politics under a ruse.

    We are no wheres near as free as we think. Even our ballots are bought with back room money and media…. its an illusion to give us the false perception of being free…..

    Are you free if you have to earn $1,400,000, pay $600,000+ in taxes, $400,000 in mortgage interest to buy a $400,000 home that 1/2 the costs to build were $200,000 in matrials, labour, fees to governance? You need to gross earn $1,400,000 to buy a $200,000 tax/bank out home?

    We are slaves of statism. Most of our liberty has already snapped up….in the illusion of democracy.

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