Careful Out There

A Pennsylvania man gets fired from his job for buying a part for his shotgun from a work computer:

When Jackson was searching the Web for a replacement shotgun stock, supervisor Christie Vazquez — who admitted in a subsequent deposition to being “very anti-gun” and had quarreled with him before about politics — noticed what he was doing. Vazquez said she was scared because it was only a few weeks after the Virginia Tech massacre (see CBS News video), so she promptly reported her colleague’s Web browsing to Planco’s human resources department. Vazquez also informed the HR department that Jackson owned guns and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

You can guess what happened next: according to court documents, the HR representative, Jamie Davis, replied that reporting the visits to and other sites was “the right thing” to do, and ordered the information technology department to investigate Jackson’s Internet activity. After receiving a list of Web sites visited, Davis recommended that Jackson be placed on leave, which the company authorized. Planco disabled Jackson’s front door and computer access and arranged for undercover police to be at the building the next morning.

This is pretty appalling, and shame on Planco for treating people this way. Add that to the list of companies I will never work for or buy anything from.

2 thoughts on “Careful Out There”

  1. I start my new job in a little over a week. During the interview, I was asked what my hobbies were. I mentioned I like the shooting sports. The guy inquired if I meant skeet, and I said “All of ’em. Trap, sporting clays, handguns, rifles.”

    I still got the job, so it’s not like they won’t know.

    I also found out that some of my upper management have been reading my blog and are ‘worried’ about my departure. I’m sure that I’ve not been offered some jobs because of my blog, but the thing is I don’t care. If they can’t stand an activist working for them, the feeling would be mutual.

    I’ve been online under my real name too long to ever put that genie back in the bottle, so I’m just going to barrel ahead and not give a damn about it any more.

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