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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Fired

Please forgive me if I don't visit your blogs or respond to comments for a few days.

Two hours ago I was fired from my job. Because of my blog.

I am in shock. I feel sick.

I am very sad.

92 Comments:

Blogger Geek said...

My man, Tense and I are truly sorry. I there is anything that you need, let us know!

7:16 PM  
Blogger kattbanjo said...

OMG! I am sooo sorry! Hugs and smoochies!

7:21 PM  
Blogger kattbanjo said...

I hope you will tell us about it when you feel up to it.....

More hugs for you.....

7:22 PM  
Anonymous elliemae said...

I won't go all mushy, but you know how I feel. You will be missed. I think your new career should be writing. Your pretty frickin' funny.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Oh, no! You've been Dooce'd. I'm really sorry that this happened to you. If there's anything that I can do...

7:36 PM  
Blogger Shelli said...

You know that I am always here for you, my brother. Always. I am so sorry.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Dick Small said...

Very sorry, Fab. I think you're great. We all love you.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Dick Small said...

Fired because of your blog????? I never heard of such a thing. Once again, my condolences Mr. F.

7:51 PM  
Blogger DrM2B said...

Mr Fab....been dooced?!?! ....WRONG!......Sorry man....

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Luin said...

WHAT??? That is fucked. We hate your boss.

I hope when you get back on your feet you'll tell us the details, until then I wish you all of the best and hope all will resolve itself in short order.

8:07 PM  
Blogger michele said...

Law suit ,hey my 10th grade
english teacher was Gloria
Allred.I don'think i can help
you she hates me for walking
in class one day stoned.

Talk about burning a bridge!

Oh she remembers me,she wouldn't
defend me if i prayed to jesus.

Sorry i can't hook you up.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous TJ said...

Fired because of your blog? What the fuck!? I am really sorry, man. That just boggles the mind.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Fantastagirl said...

Sorry to hear about the job, that really sucks!

((((HUGS))))

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Monique said...

Oh my gosh. I'm so sorry to hear that.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Bluepaintred said...

Oh my freaking word!


Huggggggsssssss I can't beleive this!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Wow, that totally sucks! I guess I better stop doing the little bit of blogging I still do at work.

I was fired once. It stings at first, but a better opportunity will come along and you will realize it was all for the best.

Still I know how you feel, and I am sorry.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Peaches said...

I sent you an email but also wanted to respond here. Please call me. I emailed you my personal cell phone. I need to talk to you..... kb

8:30 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

OMG I am so sorry, I am in shock.
I am here for you too many many hugs and kisses.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Big Pissy said...

Fab! I can't believe this! WTF!

What the hell does your blog have to do with your job?!?!?!

I am so so sorry!

Please let me know if there's anything at all I can do.

*hugs*

Pissy

8:39 PM  
Blogger threecollie said...

That is terrible. Don't we have an amendment somewhere protecting the right to blog? I am thinking maybe we do.
Hope this somehow works out for the best.....
your friend in NY.

8:47 PM  
Blogger snackiepoo said...

Uhm, what state do you live in? I work in HR and may be able to help you with the legalities of this issue.

I am so so so sorry; I would feel sick as well. Your blog is awesome and it is not as if you mention your company by name or anything so what the ????

9:09 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

A better opportunity awaits you
you'll see, It will be okay.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Finn said...

Crap. That sucks. ((hugs))

Their loss.

9:17 PM  
Blogger snackiepoo said...

Nevermind, I just investigated laws in your state.

Again, that sucks and I am sorry.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Karl said...

Dude, that is fucked. I'm sorry.

9:20 PM  
Blogger ablondeblogger said...

Oh my gosh, Fab, I am SO sorry....there are no words. I'm in shock. You will be in my prayers.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Jason said...

I'm sorry to hear about your job. I've been there and can relate. Things will get better and hopefully turn out better than the last job. I know you've got a million friends out there, but if there's anything I can do, let me know.

9:33 PM  
Blogger ginviren said...

So sorry to hear about this.

9:33 PM  
Blogger CeCe said...

You've been dooce'd? You're kidding, right? WTF?!? That's so freekin' stupid! UGH! I hate people! I mean, I didn't get close to getting fired because of my blog, but my old blog sure pissed a lot of people off, and so I started a sort of private blog, but seriously, WHY SHOULD WE HAVE TO CENSOR OURSELVES?!? I mean, esp. in the states, where, isn't there like some sort of ammendment or something about free speech?! I feel sick for you!

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Luin said...

Collect unemployment.

Work a part time job, two days a week say, so that you have some other cash.

Collect unemployment. You'll feel better and they'll have to pay you for not working and even if it isn't a lot, you know how they hate that.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Maidink said...

Dude, I don't know what to say.

Let me know if you need anything beyond moral support.

{big hug from the whole family}

9:58 PM  
Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

Whaaaa...??? Sadly, this isn't uncommon. Which is another reason why I remain anonymous. I'm very sorry to hear that your ex-employer is such an ignorant, close-minded jerk. The truth is, that there's nothing wrong with free speech, and it's not as if you go about advertising "Hey! I'm an asshole and I work for the ABC Corporation!"

10:00 PM  
Blogger Alicat said...

awful! so sad to hear that. :(

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Helen said...

Well, there must be something better out there waiting for you. Sorry - I know it sucks right now.
Peace.................

10:25 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Ouch! I am so sorry.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Mr FAB! Say it aint so??!!!

I read your blog and I dont see anything in it that would cause you to be fired!! Now I wrote I hate my fucking job in mine and havent been fired yet but I am ever hopeful.

I guess you will join us coupon clippers now.

Those people at your work are stupid, I can tell how dedicated you are to your work. grrrrrrrrrrrr

10:31 PM  
Blogger Some Girl said...

I'm so sorry! That's awful.

There's got to be some sort of lawsuit there....that just isn't right.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Belinda said...

We're in shock. We thought they knew all about your blog from the beginning. If anything, your writings made me MORE interested in how I can help, so I don't get this at all.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Annie Drogynous said...

Fab, I'm so sorry. I can't believe it. I mean, I've heard of people getting fired for talking about their employers/jobs in a negative light but WTF did you ever do to them?

I Emailed you, whenever you get a chance to read it.

10:51 PM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Poor baby! :( Life is not always like we expect it to be! But you are cool and intelligent and loved by many! You will find something better. I know, I've been fired many times... *hugs*

10:56 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

OMGGGG is this a joke? Please say it is!! I am sooo sorry!

10:58 PM  
Anonymous DKCD Designs said...

What? I really hope that you are kidding! You are aren't you?
TELL ME YOU ARE JUST KIDDING!

11:28 PM  
Anonymous $75tan said...

Fuck, fuck, fuck.
This totally sucks. People can be so closed minded. Your true friends know how hard you work and I know you'll be missed by sooo many. In fact, I bet others will be leaving now that you're not there. It's a good time to mooove on. right?
I'm in shock with you man. Just sitting here thinking fuck, fuck, fuck. Fuck for Mr. Fab!

11:37 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Shit.
I am so sorry to hear that, Mr. Fabulous. I'll keep you in my thoughts and hope that you find something a thousand times better. Fuck 'em. The bastards.

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Tricia said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. HUGS.

Why on earth would YOU of all people be fired? You do talk about your job and workplace from time to time, but you only ever say good things. You were very obviously dedicated to the place and what the company stood for. From what I can tell it sounded like you would have been a great employee - dedicated, hard working, loved the job. I'm shaking my head in wonder.

I think all of your posts were written in the evening or early morning so it's not like you were posting from work. I don't get it.

I know you loved your job so I won't say that maybe you'll find a better job, BUT, maybe this will be an opportunity for you to do something you've always wanted to do? Maybe kick start that writing career?

I think you need some lemurs ... I'm gonna send you some new pics that I found for ya. :) Hugs. Let me know if you need anything or if I can help.

12:20 AM  
Blogger MC said...

OMG dude... it sickens me every time I hear about someone losing their job because of something innocent they are doing, especially with blogging.

I think all of us would understand if you didn't want to engage in your normal blogging activities for a while.

12:21 AM  
Anonymous Sodapop said...

HOLY SHIT!!! That's horrible! I'm so sorry!!! If ya need to vent, you have my email.

I'm just in shock. Mkes me think about the shit I've blogged about when it concerns my work....yikes!!!!

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Shannon said...

Shittles. Not funny. I'd send you a Lemur if I had one. :) Sorry, poor attempt at humor. Big hugs!

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

That's terrible. I'm so very sorry. Only good things should come from such a great blog.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous kristarella said...

Holy crap! That's awful. It made me sick too to hear that (assisted by this place smelling like a sewer at the moment).

I would understand if you never blogged again but I hope you come back soon. Good luck figuring out what to do next.

xxx

12:46 AM  
Blogger Kentucky Girl said...

What the FUCK? You can't let them get away with this! That is completely insane. I hope to shout they had more grounds than just "you have a blog" because that's fucking lame. Check out here to see if this will help you fight your case. Fucking ignorant pricks.

http://www.eff.org/bloggers/lg/faq-labor.php

12:53 AM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I'm so sorry to hear that, Mr. Fab. Hugs and smooches.

1:06 AM  
Blogger Dramedy Girl said...

That's awful, Mr. Fab! How could they fire you because of your blog???!!??? That's insane! Take care of yourself.

1:08 AM  
Anonymous Chaos Witch said...

Mr. Fab canned?! The most positive perky, considerate person I know online (yes you have an online stalker) has been bagged?

I guess I know what my second try is gonna be if you don't mind ::evil grin::

1:08 AM  
Blogger Great Day said...

I'm really hoping you are kidding with this like a few other people said. You've been know to pull some fast ones.

If you're not joking, I'm so sorry. I just went through having to find a new job and it sucks!

Hope you're back soon and we would like the whole story if you're up to it!

1:20 AM  
Anonymous BertyMo said...

Total shock. This is crazy! But, with the help of all your friends (and they're many!) and being the wonderful and positive person you are I am soooo convinced that you will turn this experience into a good one.....eventually. We all love you, let this stupid incident don't get you! Hugs from maybe many thousands of miles away, but as close as can be in my prayers.

1:35 AM  
Blogger Pamela J Weatherill said...

No way! THis sounds totally insane on THEIR part ... I hope this opens some really cool doors for you Mr Fab ... tell us the details so we can all tell teh world about it mate ... THis is NOT ON.

1:46 AM  
Blogger karaoke queen said...

Its illegal to fire someone over something like that. If you really like your job and want it back, fight for it. They can' t do that. TOTALLY ILLEGAL! I would hire a lawyer and get on their ass fast. If you do it right, they will either offer you your job back, or offer you a big settlement. I hate people who try to pull bullshit like that. As long as you are doing your job well and are punctual etc, they can't fire you anyways unless they are downsizing or something and then they would just say - we're downsizing. Stick it to them. You have all of here supporing you. Seriously - contact a lawyer!!

2:11 AM  
Blogger karaoke queen said...

Geez, I'm so pissed I can't even type properly - I think I saw 4 mistakes in my last post!!

2:12 AM  
Blogger Chelle said...

Well....I hate to differ with the other 59 comments.....but as sorry as I am that you were fired because of your blog......if you were doing it all on work time....then well, they have the right to! :( It sucks but they pay people to work. I know, Chelle sucks.....ya'll can tell me to fuck off, I dont care. But hey...you know i always wondered how you had so much blogging time!

I am sorry about the job loss, Fab...really I am....and if anyone else wants to rake me through the coals for my comment...feel free.

2:24 AM  
Blogger CP said...

I am sickened. I am positively disgusted by the lack of respect that your job has shown you. You are one of the most respected and revered people in your field. To be fired over your blog? If anything, your blog got the word out about how giving blood saves LIVES. Whenever you posted about your job it was with genuine heart. You loved your job, most of your coworkers and you always went over and beyond the call for them. To fire a person based on their personal freedom of expression is sickening. It's nauseating, vile and wrong.

I hope when you do come back, it will be with the details of why this was done to you. I personally would love to spearhead a letter writing campaign. I would love to get this in front of the media, make LifeSouth accountable for their actions. I would like answers to some very tough questions. You were never libelous in any way when it came to your job. I have delved back into your archives quite a number of months back and do not see one disparaging post made by you in terms of your job. Certainly, you said things in jest that anyone with a lick of common sense would know better than to take to heart. However, you apparently peeved one of the higher ups. How outrageous that they had you do one more tour of duty for them and then conveniently opt to fire you afterward.

I want to know what their explanation was, Fab. I want to know what they said to you, the context, every minute detail. I am excellent friends with Reginald Roundtree of News 6 here in Tampa Bay and I think they should know what kind of service your former company provides to their hardest working employees.

I will no longer give our blood drives to LifeSouth, but rather, Florida Blood Services instead. I will make sure that my peers who also schedule these for their health fairs and the like follow suit. We are all fellow bloggers and if they hurt one of us, then they have hurt all of us...every person in this country who is entitled to the privilege of freedom of speech and expression.

How dare they take away our most intrinsic rights as human beings!

I am appalled. I am livid...and I want them held accountable for their irreverant actions.

You have my cellphone number. USE IT. Call me when you are out from under the ether and we will work this out. You will bring this to the forefront of the media, Mr. Fab, and let them hear YOUR side of the story.

Dooce'd my ass.

CP.

2:55 AM  
Blogger DutchBitch said...

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!??? That just Sucks! Big Time!!! Endless hugs and kisses and more like that. Behind you and there for you 100%!!! Love from Dutchyland! I just can't believe it. No words for it.

3:06 AM  
Blogger Uisce said...

Wow, that's a bummer. I read about this on Shelli's site. Sorry to hear about this.

4:02 AM  
Blogger CP said...

Damn it.

I am so pissed I cannot SLEEP right now.

I am so angry, Fab. So damn angry.

CP.

4:05 AM  
Blogger Pud said...

OMG!!! I hope you are kidding!!!! Over a blog?? Dude, I'm sorry!!!

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Breigh said...

What in gods name... how does that happen?! I'm new to this blog so I have no idea what your profession is but to be fired because of your personal blog. That's just nasty!

Did you have any warning? What was the material that you were fired over? Certainly it wasn't just for -having- a blog was it?

*boggles*

4:24 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Ok...you're playing with us, right?
Because there's no way they'd fire you. No one with a brain gets rid of gold. So tell the truth, please, 'cause we all hurt for you.
All together, we can take him (her) IT!
You do live in the great USofA Free Speech nation, right?

5:06 AM  
Blogger Libragirl said...

WTF I said it on Shelli's...what the hell did you write about on your site about your job. I don't even remember. That sucks. Come by when you can. Hope everything works out.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Leave It To Cleavage said...

FAB I am outraged!! How dare they? Just like everyone else I want to know how this can happen, but I do respect your privacy. Take care and we do hope to hear from you soon.

6:57 AM  
Blogger CrankyProf said...

Fuck those pricks. Fuck them right in their ears.

You've never once written anything disparaging about your job, or anyone you work with.

Whoever did this had an axe to grind. Out them, Fab.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Itchy said...

OMG! Mr. Fab...I am so sorry to hear this...sooo sorry.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

I can't say anything that everyone else hasn't already said. I'm thinking about you...

11:57 AM  
Blogger ChaCha said...

I can't believe someone could get fired for having a blog. This is my first time here and Kentucky girl and cp, have some valid points.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Miss Ann Thrope said...

that's just so wrong. i'm really sorry that happened to you.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

I couldn't be more sorry to hear this. It all just seems so wrong.

Hugs and smooches to you.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous ficklechick said...

I am so, so sorry. That is just wrong.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Ms.L said...

I am so,SO,so sorry:(
This is just wrong and I feel so outraged.
I'll be thinking about you.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Maritza said...

That's insane!! You only mention your job and the work you do in the most positive ways!! This is awful and just wrong.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Longtime annonymous lurker here. I have been following your blog for about 3 months now and I've read every single post. I'm now a big fan of Mr. Fab and I'm outraged to the point of coming out of the shadows to comment. Outraged doesn't even come close.
To say that this was an injustice to you would be the understatement of the century.
Would love to help out with the letter writing campaign suggested by CP (LOVE her by the way, longtime lurker over there too!).
We're all behind you Mr. Fab!
I'll bring the torches.

mixednut

8:28 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

OMG. Mr. Fab I am so sorry. How can they do that to you??? That is so wrong. They can NOT fire you for something you do in your personal life.

I'm here for you, whoreman! :)
*hugs*

9:11 PM  
Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Mr. Fab, that blows! But don't worry, you'll land on your feet. I have teh faith.

(I came close to this on Monday, with my boss threatenng to fire me if I didn't stop writing about work)

2:25 AM  
Anonymous Kyle Korleski said...

Sorry man. I hope you get better. If you need some work, I know of an "employment opportunity".

2:53 AM  
Blogger Spider Walk said...

Oh Mr.Fab.
My heart just about stopped when I read this.
I am in shock.
I hope your doing ok sweetie.
I feel horrible that this happened to you :(

8:46 AM  
Blogger Sudiegirl said...

Oh hon...this bites.

what a shame.

Anything I can do to help?

9:25 AM  
Blogger Blueyes said...

I just read this, this is horrible, having a blog doesn't have anything to do with the job or environment. So sorry :(

11:20 AM  
Blogger Jade said...

I just wanna say, that sucks and I'm truly sorry to hear it.

I, too, was fired for my blog (that's what it boiled down to after their runnaroundbullshit.) but anyhow, I know what you're feeling. Grieve. I didn't and it caused some havoc, but all is good now. (((Hugs)))

11:23 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

that's horrid! Can you not sue for wrongful dismissal?? Bastids.

**hugs!**

11:26 AM  
Blogger MsDemmie said...

This has to be illegal surely ?

11:53 AM  
Blogger ~d said...

I have seen you around-I know your name. I got here thru D and I know Mel in Orygun (?)
I am terribly, terribly sorry to hear about this.

I just wanted to put my condolences out there as well.

Be well, man.

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Rose said...

What was on your blog that they didn't like? L

2:52 AM  
Blogger used*to*be*me* said...

Holy shit. Were you blogging from work? That is BS. Sorry for your loss man. Long time lurker.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Glamorous Redneck said...

Wow! I am so very sorry for you. I agree with elliemae that you should take a stab at writing!

1:40 PM  

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