RMV employee fired over tweets, friend speaks out
QUINCY, Mass. -- A former RMV employee is accused of logging in to Twitter, a popular social networking website, and going on a rant. The head of the RMV called the man’s tweets reprehensible.
“Because of a tweet-not strong enough, I don't feel that's a good enough reason to fire him,” said Leland Clarke Jr., a friend of the former employee.
It was more than just one tweet but still, Clarke Jr. says the RMV has taken things too far.
He knows the employee who got fired for posting inappropriate rants on twitter and says that the RMV is giving the social networking website way to much credit.
“I feel like it's too much. I feel like he should be able to express himself,” said Clarke Jr.
One of the tweets read:
"(Expletive) just said I don't sound too friendly y'all should be able to tell how this call is gonna go she's on hold.”
"I just want to yell (expletive) you to all these customers."
The former employee had been on the payroll since 2007 and worked at the administrative services building in Quincy.
7News attempted to talk to the employee, but no one answered.
Apparently he did his tweeting on the job and his tweets were constant according to authorities.
“Customer service is not what it used to be and he works for the Commonwealth and he's not giving people the respect and customer service that they deserve,” said Jacquie O’Neill.
“He wan't doing his job, he should’t have been tweeting whole working,” said Twyla Lynch.
“He’s supposed to be working with people and just bashing other people it's just not right,” said Natalie Celle.
It seems people are siding with the RMV - they'vie issued a statement that says in part:
"These postings violate the most basic rules of conduct, violate our standards of customer service, and undermine the public's confidence as well as the hard work of so many other employees. These actions are outrageous and we will not tolerate them."
Regardless, Clarke Jr. feels this was a bad move.
“He should’t have been fired he's still doing his job well,” said Clarke.
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