Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and most recently, Snapchat are the most commonly used social media sites around the world. Although they are the best platforms to promote work, connect with people, and share opinions, they can almost instantly break and ruin the life and career of an individual.
A number of people have misjudged the power of these networking sites and gone ahead to post regrettable content due to lack of good sense, awareness, and/or ignorance. Unfortunately, once someone posts something online, people never really forget it, even after deleting it because people can now take screenshots of just about anything.
Therefore, poor judgment inadvertently ruins lives and this leaves almost no room to save face, a fact that most of the people on this list concur with.
In New Year’s 2016, Holly Jones wrote a very long post on her Facebook page venting about the services at Kilroy’s Bar ‘N’ Grill in Indianapolis as narrated by pjmedia.com. In addition to her mixed up bill, she complained about a dead junkie who medics carried out of the bar. It turned out the ‘junkie’ was an old woman who had suffered a heart attack. The numerous negative comments that followed forced her to close all her online accounts.
Many people take pictures and flip them with their own caption for other people’s humor. Unfortunately, this was not the case for one Lindsey Stone. She took a picture of a ‘Silence And Respect’ sign and edited it not knowing that it was for a cemetery. Once the photo went viral, she began receiving threats. According to pjmedia.com, Stone lost her job. Apparently, she also went into depression and stopped going out.
Some people drained a woman’s account after she posted her debit card online. The account details, as well as the security code at the back, were all visible from the photo. She had to replace the card because a number of people used her information to buy stuff online. As if this was not enough of a lesson for her, she went ahead and posted a second card as revealed by thethings.com.
The word positive in most cases means something good but when it comes to testing for diseases, the term positive should raise an alarm. Unfortunately, this did not happen when this young lady got her HIV test results. She got a positive result and posted this online not knowing that she was telling the whole world that she was sick. Although HIV is manageable, we do not think the girl would want everyone to know that she has it including thethings.com.
Justine Sacco, a former global head of communications at IAC lost her job for posting this tweet: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” As reported by New York Times, Justine was flying to South Africa at the time to visit her family. By the time the 11-hour flight was landing in South Africa, her tweet had gone viral.
Kevin Colvin lost his job at an Anglo Irish Bank after lying to his boss about the real reason he had to miss work. The intern was caught red-handed lying to his workmates. After emailing his boss to tell him that he had a family emergency to attend to, he posted a photo of himself at a party as revealed by ebaumsworld.com. After seeing the photo his boss sent this message to everyone in the office, “Thanks for letting us know… hope everything is ok in New York. (Cool wand)”
It is hard for most people to imagine life without fast foods. When someone needs to get as much work done and does not have the time or money to wait for a chef to prepare his or her most preferred meal, then a fast food place is ideal. However, even the biggest fan of fast foods is sure to give up on fast foods altogether after seeing what this KFC waiter was up to.
According to ebaumsworld.com, Connor Riley, a graduate of UC Berkley lost her job even before she reported to work because of this tweet; “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.” A Cisco employee then followed with this response: “Who is the hiring manager? I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the Web.” It's safe to assume she did not get to find out whether the commute was worth the paycheck.
These days, there are so many STDs out there and the responsibility of bringing up children can be overwhelming to teenagers who do not even have jobs. Therefore, you can appreciate why adults would want to point the young generation in the right direction, with being real-life examples the highest calling. However, it would be very hard for a mom to be a good example as a virgin.
Alicia Ann Lynch’s entire world came tumbling down when she uploaded a photo of herself dressed as a Boston Marathon victim for Halloween. As sourced from buzzfeed, the internet almost broke after the photo went viral. Alicia received numerous threats and lost her job despite apologizing for the post. Her family didn't make it out unscathed as well, the parents were threatened and their phone numbers circulated.
So many people around the world sleep hungry because they have no food to eat, so you can just imagine how such an individual would feel looking at this photo. Cameron here was probably posting this online as a joke, but he sure gave clues as to where he was working and so word got to his employers and he lost his job.
Nicole Crowther, one of the stars of the FOX’s musical series, Glee saw no harm in posting spoilers for one of the show’s episodes. According to ebaumsworld.com, she revealed the names of the persons who were going to be prom king and queen in a certain episode before it aired. Of course, the producers were not too happy about this and responded by writing this: “Hope you’re qualified to do something besides work in entertainment.”
Tila Tequila used to be one of the most famous social media celebrities, but most people have probably forgotten about her or have no idea of who she is, thanks to an article she posted. According to grunge.com, the article was all about sympathy for the German leader at the height of World War II, and she went on to post photos of herself in a scandalous uniform. She will have to perform a miracle to get her life back.
Musician and actor Tyrese Gibson had to apologize for posting a video of himself having a meltdown over his children’s custody battle and finances. He blamed his money woes on the inclusion of actor Dwayne Johnson in the film Fast and Furious. As reported by btimes.co.uk, Tyrese later claimed that his taking medication was affecting him and hence his behavior. The actor may have just ruined his chances of getting future gigs.
Sources: pjmedia.com, thethings.com, ebaumsworld.com, ranker.com, ibtimes.co.uk, buzzfeed.com, NYTimes.com