DEAR AUNTIE ABENA,
I was warned to be careful of what I post on social media but never listened until I got fired.
One lady that I’ve forgotten her full name but remember her as Golda came inbox and warned me to be careful of what I post because not everyone will understand such jokes. I trolled this lady with her screenshots that she blocked me. I’m sure my friends remember that episode. It was last 3 years.
A popular celebrity shared how some receptionists behave when you go to their office. Not that the receptionist at where I worked didn’t know her job but she was snobbish sometimes.
I don’t know what came over me that I mentioned the company’s name, that of the receptionist and everything she was doing wrong. Someone read my comment (one of the top people) and forwarded it to my boss. I was then at home on day 4 of my 2 week leave.
The receptionist was queried and some staff were asked who confirmed her snobbishness. She was therefore moved to Stores which was a demotion so her salary was slashed. I was at home that very same week when she surprised me with a call weeping that she’d been demoted. I didn’t know why and told her our bosses can be very wicked. It was my first time receiving a call from her.
That evening my boss sent me a simple message, “report to my office for an urgent meeting. 8 AM.” I was there at 7:30 because I didn’t know what was going on. I got there and a new lady was the receptionist.
One of my other colleagues saw me and gisted me. Everybody had heard the rumors and read my comments. I felt so bad and went to stores to see the lady. She was angry that she called me without knowing I was the one who got her demoted until she reported to work that morning. It was all shocking because I didn’t mean for all this to happen. She didn’t believe me.
Auntie Abena, harmless comments ooh. I didn’t mean anything. I went to my boss’s office and I was first asked to delete the comment. Then he showed me how screenshots of my comments had gone far with people talking negatively about the company. I said everything but the founders had seen it already and wanted me sacked.
I was given my letter there and then and told to report to my immediate supervisor for any further instructions. I tried to get the founders of the company to reconsider. One agreed but the other two didn’t and 2 weeks later, I collected my last pay. I was out of a job.
What pained me was when they made announcements that I was no longer working with the company. When they did that some people thought maybe I defrauded the company because of the words, “deal with him at your own risk.” Eiiiii. I lost my job just like that?
Since then. I’ve serioused about my comments on social media. I remove my English one one and edit out any info I’m sure will get me into trouble with my girlfriend, both our families, our church etc because you just don’t know what you’ll say which will trend.