Troy Garrod, 27, has been sacked from the job he held for over four years after he clicked the ‘like’ button on a Facebook picture. He was relaxing at home when he noticed a colleague had uploaded photo of a jumper with five wolves printed on the back. Along with over 70 other people he ‘liked’ the bizarre picture and thought nothing more of it. But just days later he received a text informing him that he had been sacked from his job at the UK’s leading book wholesaler.
A female colleague who uploaded with the caption: “OMG I’m f**king crying…. I’m sure there’s a wolf fleece appreciation page pahahaha” is believed to have been suspended while Troy is currently hunting for a new job.
The picture, taken inside one of the company’s warehouses, was ‘liked’ by scores of people. He was told he “bullied” the jumper’s owner by ‘liking’ the “inappropriate” photograph.Troy, who did not even know the identity of the fleece wearer, added: “Over 70 people had liked the picture, so I just joined in thinking it was banter.
Troy said: “I didn’t know what the photo meant but everyone else who worked there was liking it so I just joined in. When I received the text saying I’d been sacked I couldn’t believe it. I felt really hurt and angry and all my former colleagues think what happened is ridiculous. Being sacked by text and email is not right after four-and-a-half years of hard work. I put my heart and soul into that company and enjoyed going into work every day. It just seems so unfair that clicking the ‘like’ button has caused me so much trouble. Sadly I think people being sacked like this will become much more common. When people go on their Facebook timeline they don’t view it professionally, you think it’s just your social time. I want to warn people to keep work and social divided on Facebook – be careful about befriending colleagues.”
Single Troy, of Norwich, was a full-time employee at Bertrams for years but switched to work for a recruitment agency two months ago.