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Local PD Responds to Drug Tweet
By: Jessica Cherok
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Earlier this week, a Toronto man was fired from his job for a tweet he sent. A lot of times there is some ambiguity in whether or not termination was deserved, and if employers are somehow violating employees’ rights. This, however, is not one of those cases.

On August 13, the man tweeted that he needed someone to deliver a joint to him at his place of employment. Yes, he really named where he worked, and stated that he needed “a spliff.”

The move is stupid enough just based on your employer finding out, but this poor guy’s luck was even worse. The local police department noticed the tweet and replied, “Awesome! Can we come too?” They then forwarded the tweet to the man’s employer. He was subsequently terminated.

In following tweets, the employee tried to pass the whole thing off as a joke. The York Regional Police again responded, “If you shouted on a busy street corner about illegal activity & we drove by, we’d intervene. Think of Twitter as a virtual street corner.”

The YRP went on to tweet, “At the end an interesting day, a reminder to our tweeps: the Internet is a public forum. #tweetsafe #tweetclassy #imagineyourmamareadingit”

Hopefully the terminated employee learned his lesson.


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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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