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15 Tweets That Have Ruined Peoples Lives

15 Tweets That Have Ruined Peoples Lives

Owning a smartphone is an awesome and mighty responsibility. In the palm of your hand sits access to all the secrets of the known universe. With the click of a button, you have the capacity to move mountains, and change the course of history. Some use this power for good, some for evil; but most sit somewhere in between, not fully understanding the capabilities of the tiny computer that’s pressed up against their noses. Those are the people that end up getting into the most trouble. A stray email, carelessly worded status update, or off the cuff Tweet, can send their lives into a spiral that they might never recover from.

That’s what happened to these poor, unfortunate souls. Once you put something on the Internet, it’s there forever. Anyone can look you up and see what kind of irresponsible, sometimes overtly offensive, nonsense you’ve been up to. There’s nowhere to hide on the Internet. Your employer, lover, and millions of strangers can and will find your dirty, little digital secrets. 140 characters are enough to ruin your life. Think twice, or as many times as you need, before you click “Tweet.”

15. Professor Says Katrina Victims Got What They Deserve

It’s no secret that Democrats and Republicans are loath to get along, but there’s a fine line between bickering about tax reform, and wishing death and destruction on an entire population of people. Ex University of Tampa sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey, crossed this line one day when he Tweeted, “I don’t believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully, this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them.” It didn’t take long for someone to call him out for the Tweet, but instead of realizing what a terrible thing he said, he doubled down by replying, “Well, the good people there need to do more to stop the evil their state pushes. I’m only blaming those who support the GOP there.” These sweeping and insensitive statements cost the prof his job! I don’t believe in instant karma, but this kinda feels like it for Kenneth.

14. Journalist Jokes About Aids In Africa

You’d think having only 170 Twitter followers would shield you from public shame when you post something totally offensive and racist. In the span of an 11-hour flight, one woman’s careless Tweet turned into a shame that would shroud her for the rest of her life. Before she got on the plane, no one responded but when she stepped off, her phone blew up with calls and texts from friends and family. Justine Sacco’s face and words were plastered all over the news. She went viral in the worst way. The Tweet in question read, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” Now, if this immediately sounds tone deaf and offensive to you, congrats. You’re with the majority on this one.

13. Anthony Weiner Shares His, Well, You Know

What is there to say about Anthony Weiner that hasn’t already said? Probably nothing, so I’ll just give you a recap. A former member of the United States House of Representatives, and current predator, used his very public Twitter account to share a link to an explicit photo of himself to a 21-year-old woman who was decidedly not his wife. He denied it, of course, but the Internet is really bad at keeping secrets. Not only did he do the thing he said he didn’t but he did the same thing many, many times before. He ended up resigning from Congress in 2011, but with all the confidence of a white man, he ran again in 2013. More pictures emerged and he was forced to admit to sexting at least three other women since his resignation. You’d think he’d stop while he was behind, but no! In 2016 he was found guilty of sexting with a 15-year-old girl and sentenced to 21 months in prison.

12. Firefighters Get Fired For Sexist Tweet

I’ve got some news for you guys. Turns out, women are people too. Take as much time as you need for this to sink in. Good? This dingus learned the hard way that you can’t just spew your bad and incorrect opinions about women online without, you know, women getting upset about it. Three firefighters in Toronto learned this the hard way, when Tweets like, “I’d never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried something I’d be like hey! you get your bitch ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie!” Sure, it was a quote from South Park, but it was a bad one. The terminations come only months after the Toronto Fire talked about their attempts to hire more women and minorities. Come on, guys. Do better.

11. Taco Bell Employee Adds Secret Sauce To Nachos

If you’re going to pee on a plate of nachos at your place of employment, don’t post the evidence on the Internet. That’s just common sense. The Tweet included the hashtags “#pissolympics”, “#nacobellgrande”, and was captioned with “guess where I work.” It’s not too hard to guess; especially since the restaurant in question suspended the kid and eventually fired him. Silver lining, the piss olympian clarified, that no customer got their hands on the dish saying, “Sorry for disappointing you all, but I didn’t serve those. That’s too f*cked hahaha.” He did make a good point, however, with his follow up Tweet, “There are no laws saying what you can and cannot piss upon.”

10. Gilbert Gottfried Makes Fowl Joke

The Aflac duck felt a little horse after losing his voice in 2011. The man with the most grating voice on Earth Gilbert Gottfried lost his long-running commercial gig, after Tweeting jokes about the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan that year. One of the Tweets read, “Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.” Another said, “I was talking to my Japanese real estate agent. I said ‘is there a school in this area.’ She said ‘not now, but just wait.’” The insurance giant fired Gottfried less than an hour after he posted the Tweets. The earthquake and tsunami left more than 2,400 people dead and thousands more in shelters or missing.

9. Teacher Tests Her School’s Morality Clause

A high school teacher with the username “Crunk Bear”, is a recipe for disaster. Carly McKinney added her own secret ingredient to the mix when her high school found the account, and all of the accompanying inappropriate Tweets. She frequently posted about getting high and, smoking pot as a lifestyle; and several inappropriate pictures. The dummy even alluded to teaching while under the influence. Needless to say, school officials weren’t all that pleased with the 23-year-old math teacher, and quickly let her go. Some students and community members fought back saying that people are allowed to do what they want in their free time, but the school stood firm.

8. Miss Teen USA Drops The “N” Word

Some not so tasteful words are fine. I’ll drop a “damn” without a second thought, but there are certain words that are totally off limits. One of which is a certain word that degrades and demeans an entire race of people. My fellow white people, Miss Teen USA crown holders included, that word does not belong to you. No, you’re not even allowed to borrow it. After winning her crown, Karlie Hay came under fire on Twitter for repeatedly using the racial slur in her past Tweets. She apologized in an Instagram post stating “personal struggles” as the reason for her language. She ended up keeping her crown despite the backlash.

7. Glee Episode Spoiled By Extra

Spoiler alert! Revealing set secrets on Twitter when you work on a network television show, is a bad idea. Clearly, no one told this to Nicole Crowther before she Tweeted, “K is PQ and Ka is PK.” For those of you who care, that means Kurt is prom queen, and Karofsky is prom queen. For those of you that don’t, welcome to the club! Anyway, a big Glee boss caught wind of the Tweet, and responded with a spoiler of his own, “hope you’re qualified to do something besides work in entertainment…Who are you to spoil something talented people have spent months to create?” Twist! She’s never going to work in this town again.

6. Nir Rosen Downplays Assault

After American reporter, Lara Logan was sexually assaulted while in Egypt, another American journalist, Nir Rosen, thought the appropriate response would be to mock her and call her a “war monger” on Twitter. If you’re unsure about this, let me clear it up for you. This was absolutely not an appropriate response. His barrage of Tweets said things like, “Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal”, and “Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too.” After very angry backlash, Rosen was pushed into a corner and forced to apologize. That wasn’t enough, however, and he eventually resigned from his fellowship at New York University. Don’t joke about sexual assault.

5. Airport Tweet About Plane Crash Crashes And Burns

You know how you’re not supposed to yell “fire” at a theater? Well, it’s probably not a good idea to yell “plane crash” at an airport either. If you’d think airports would understand this better than anyone, you’d be wrong. In 2013, a Luton Airport employee Tweeted a photo of an incident in Chicago where a plane slid off the runway in heavy snow with the caption, “Because we are such a super airport….this is what we prevent you from when it snows……Weeeee :).” Turns out, that accident killed a six-year-old boy who was in a car that the plane crashed into. Correct me if I’m wrong, but even if no one was killed, reminding your customers of the potential to crash probably isn’t the best marketing strategy. The airport apologized for the Tweet, and promised it would never happen again, which probably means that overzealous employee lost his job.

4. Chrysler Employee Tweets Obscenity On Company Account

Friends don’t let friends Tweet and drive. If Scott Bartosiewicz had a buddy in the passenger seat to slap the phone out if his hands before he posted this Tweet, he might still have his job at Chrysler. Stuck in traffic one day, Bartosiewicz accidentally posted an angry Tweet to Chrysler’s official account instead of his own. The Tweet read, “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity, and yet no one here knows how to f*cking drive.” Not only did the mistake cost him his own job, but it also influenced Chrysler’s decision not to renew their contract with Bartosiewicz’s employer, New Media Strategies, a Virginia-based marketing firm. Good job, Scott.

3. Amanda Bynes Documents Breakdown On Twitter

Amanda Bynes went from Nickelodeon sweetheart to Drake’s, um, biggest fan in the span of a decade. Slowly but surely she began documenting her spiral into mental illness. Starting with her facial piercings, moving on to her exceptionally strong feelings about Drake, and eventually transforming into thinly veiled cries for help. Bynes shared her entire crazy journey with the world through her Twitter account. The breakdown featured gems like, “I was born with a webbing in between my eyes. That was a birth defect that I had surgically removed!” and the infamous “I want Drake to murder my vagina.” Luckily, it looks like she’s gotten the help she needed (not from Drake) and is doing better recently. She put down the smartphone, regained control of her finances, and found a new celebrity crush.

2. Ted Cruz Tweets Porn

Ted Cruz, you big dumb baby, you can’t just go around telling people that there is “no substantive due process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes,” and then go around Liking porn on Twitter. This entire fiasco just makes me giggle like a schoolgirl whose teacher just told her she was being naughty and needed to be punished. Around 9:40 p.m. one night, Twitter users began to notice the hardcore porn video that a member of the Cruz team (my money’s on Ted Cruz) “inadvertently” clicked the Like button on. Cruz joked with reporters that, “if I had known that this would trend so quickly, perhaps we should have posted something like this back during the Indiana primary.” Sure, buddy, that’s what would have helped you win the race.

1. Woman Confuses Chili Beef Recipe with CV


If a potential employer asks you what your greatest weakness is and you answer, “mistaking my CV for a famous chili beef recipe” you’re going to have a bad time. When 18-year-old Heather McNab applied for a job as a sales negotiator at an estate agent, instead of attaching what was I’m sure an impressive CV, to her email she was horrified to find out that she shared a Jamie Oliver’s delicious recipe for chili beef. She received an email from the company that said, “Dear Heather, You attached a Jamie Oliver for Chilli Beef Recipe not your CV.” McNab saw the humor in the incident and posted the email on her Twitter account with the caption, “Worst day of my life ha ha ha”. I’m unsure if she got the job or made the chili, but I wish her the best.

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