Australian Woman Sacked For Comment on Facebook

An Australian woman has been sacked from her job after she posted a "heat-of-the-moment" comment about a co-worker on social networking site Facebook, a media report said Sunday.

Twentytwo-year-old Caz Marshall from Adelaide was dismissed last month from her checkout job at a supermarket.

"Had I wrote it on the staff room wall or on the (Facebook) walls of everybody who works in that store to single this person out, yes, that would be different.

"But the fact it was a private conversation between me and another girl from work... it wasn't even intended for the person I was writing about to read it," Adelaide Now quoted Marshall as saying.

She said she removed the comment the next day but by that time it had been shown to store management.

Marshall said she was called to a meeting where she was shown her "six months' worth" of Facebook posts. She was then sacked.

"I just feel like I could have been given another chance, I don't feel like I necessarily had to be fired," she told the Sunday Mail.

Marshall said she was now thinking of using Facebook only for positive comments.

She warned others to stay offline when angry: "Don't go near the computer, don't go near Facebook."

Marshall said she regretted posting the comments.

"It was anger, it was frustration, this girl - she was my friend and she was hurting. You're sticking up for someone, you want to make them feel better, to let her know that she wasn't alone.

"It wasn't something that I would normally do. It was done in the heat of the moment and the threat was not something I would carry out - it's not in my character," she was quoted as saying.

Published Date: Apr 12, 2010 12:39 pm | Updated Date: Apr 12, 2010 12:39 pm