Teenage Cafe Worker Fired On Facebook

Yet another Facebook story this morning, a teenager, Chelsea Taylor, was fired by her boss who left a message on her Facebook page, a growing trend and one which shows how popular the social networking website has become.

Rather than sending her a snail mail or call her, Elaine Sutton, the manager of Cookies, a restaurant based in Manchester, chose to write to her to tell the teenager - whose paid £3.55 per hour - that she wouldn't need to come back the following day.

Her dismissal was apparently down to the fact that her till was down by a tenner. She offered to replace the money but told not to bother. It is not the first time that a worker is fired via Facebook.

We fondly remember the case of that poor girl who added her boss to her list of friends and lashed out at him on Facebook only for the employer to reply with a "Goodbye" message before adding that she doesn't need to bother coming in.

Another similar case prompted TUC general secretary to say that "Most employers wouldn't dream of following their staff down the pub to see if they were sounding off about work to their friends" and asked them to have "thicker skins" when it comes to social networking websites.

Our Comments

It would be interesting to see whether firing someone by Facebook is legally enforceable or not. If not, the cafe owner could well be in trouble especially as the teenager could argue that she has been emotionally affected by all the publicity the case attracted.

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