Ah, social networking...
wonderful, isn't it.
LMAO! as the man said.
An Oz call centre employee has become an overnight net celeb down under after an email exchange between him and his firm's workforce manager regarding a "sickie" escaped into the wild yesterday. The correspondence, currently doing the rounds of Aussie inboxes, concerns a day's leave of absence claimed by Kyle Doyle on 21 …
Has anyone at El reg actually looked on Facebook to see if this profile is real or not?
I got the email yesterday & while I chuckled I'm not sure its totally real.
I don't have a Facebook account myself, but something about this screams 'viral advertising' at me.
I tried to connect to port 25 of what a DNSreport give as their mailserver to determine if the mailboxes existed (I've got the original email addresses in the signatures which are not on the article), but I'm stuck behind my corp firewall right now so wasn't successful.
Has anyone else verified this as real?
Yes, hes is 21, he stole my birthday! but im 10 years older...
Isn't being unfit for work classed as being sick? they seriously cant expect him to drive in that condition... the fact that it is self inflicted is not an issue either as many injuries are self inflicted (ie 'I' fell down the stairs) the issue should be the amount of time he takes off sick, which his employer can advise him is unacceptably high, and which he should do something about. Having a hangover is still being unfit for work.
I got caught out on face book for a different reason.
I was a member of a few work related groups on there, including one which made fun of the industry I work in. I put what I considered some innocent jokey comments on the "Fun" one and someone related to my job who had been snooping around on that group reported me to my boss.
I have no idea who it was (Someone who knew me I guess), but my boss could see I was pretty furious about it when he asked me what did I think I was doing, lucky for him he asked me in a polite way as he could see I was bubbling mad as I considered it an invasion of privacy.
So I have since removed myself from every group on there even slightly connected with my job, locked my account down so only people on my friends list can read my profile and pretty much abandoned Facebook.
Yeah, I got wrapped up too much in Facebook and let my guard down, just like the bloke in this article.
It made furious and feel like an idiot as I have always been careful on the internet.
It shows the stupidity of some (usually young) idiots, who use sites like this, without considering the level of access to them. No, dear, your friends are not the only people who read your site.
Bosses everywhere routinely Google employees to see what they are up to. What you wrote, or that funny picture of you puking, may be why you didn't get that promotion.
It's almost a standard part of hiring someone, too. I didn't give you that job, because I searched your name, and what you were up to last weekend. I don't want you coming into work with me, if you're recovering from a repeat of that night.
Andthe cops use the internet too, dear. Those wild photos will make great evidence.
you mean to say you didn't have your account locked down to begin with?
no wonder it gets called stalkerbook when people just leave their profiles open for all to see.
We actually used stalkerbook in our recent search for a new employee and one candidate said of his old job something like "it sucks here, i spend my time spinning in my chair and taking loo breaks" ... we didnt take him on.
in reference to the guy in this story though, I'd sack him for it. Hope he does get sacked.
I mean, seriously. If you're going to use a sick day for a non-medical reason (hungover might apply, but most employers would frown on it, since it's self-induced) you shouldn't post it on Facebook for all to see. The same goes for everything on the groups, and pictures, etc.
When i started looking for jobs, i went through and pruned everything off of there that I felt was in appropriate for an employer to see. I left some minor amusing things, but in general, i cleaned it all up. Also, don't let yourself get tagged for shots at that raging party, especially if you're under age. If someone does tag you in a photo, remove the tag. I have, if I recall correctly, all of one photo on facebook with me and a drink- at a wedding, after I was 21. Never let any pictures of you in an incriminating position stay marked as having you in them.
About 5 years ago a guy at work was having "mental anguish" problems probably due to the fact that we were trying to get him to do his job. He was taking a leave of absence, that is until somebody found his band's webpage complete with their tour information! Needless to say a couple of printouts later and a conference call with "Human Resources" and his tour was cut short on the spot.
Still trying to get work out of him though.
Got this email twice yesterday (i.e. the day before it appeared on the reg), and it was already different.
It is funny, but someone has clearly set to work with photo shop, made up a few emails, and pressed send - nothing more than a viral email (why else has it taken 2 months to surface?!)
Actually, he WAS sick, it was just self-induced. Does his contract specifically exclude self-induced sickness? I doubt it. Last contract I checked certainly didn't think to exclude it.
Oxford Dictionary says: sick: adjective 1 affected by physical or mental illness. 2 feeling nauseous and wanting to vomit. ...
A girl I used to work with - a receptionist - did something similar. This was *just* pre-facebook, but our company contract included a section stating that the corporate email system was for work purposes only. It could and would be monitored. In fairness, free access was given during the entire working day to any online email system you cared to use, so there was no reason to use the company mail for anything you shouldn't.
Only numpty girl did. She sent a few mails telling her friends how crap the company was and then decided to throw a sicky after a night on the piss, just as our Australian friend did.
Still on probationary period, she was fired as soon as she walked back in the day after her "sick" day.
"Actually, he WAS sick, it was just self-induced. Does his contract specifically exclude self-induced sickness? I doubt it. Last contract I checked certainly didn't think to exclude it."
I guess that they would have to explicitly exclude hangovers, because in reality breaking your leg whilst skiing is a self-induced 'sickness'
All the smart-arsed clean nosed "I don't post anything incriminating on Facebook" type posters that complain that some employers check your Facebook profile. Do you really want to work for a company that snoops on you in an underhand way like that. If they can't handle a few drunken photos of me at a party, then I'd probably be better off not working for them.
Well, since my mum never knows when/if I take a sickie, I'm pretty certain that this guys mum probably doesn't either.
And if he DID take a sickie and got busted, he's going to tell his mum something else happened...
I think the important question is this "Where is the all important Paris Hilton aspect of this story?". Not good enough, I'm cancelling my subscription etc etc!
but I really don't see how it could be proven if he wanted to fight it, since internet accounts are not secure (and there is not even proof that it was really his account).
I mean, the amount of times my friends have tried to give me '$200 Macy's Vouchers OMG!' and tell me about this 'new live webcam site!!' or even sell me viagra.
Thanks, 4 of you have already told me twice today. How r u?
The screenshot was hilarious after the serious professional dialogue LOL.
I don't believe many employers snoop on employees or potential employees. If that was the case no young people would ever be hired. In this case, as with most, he was reported by someone (an ass) he worked with, not found out by his bosses...
I have to agree that this guy WAS sick, whether or not it was self inflicted shouldn't matter.
I hope the legacy of facebook will be that people realise that actually, letting loose occasionally is perfectly normal and healthy. I wish these internet-face cleansing twats who feel the need to lie about their lives, and the management they hope to impress, would just grow the fuck up.
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