Outrageous Firings

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Outrageous Firings
Outrageous Firings. You've heard of being fired for lying on a résumé or flubbing an important project, but sometimes it takes a whole lot less to get the ax by an employer. From rooting for the wrong team to a tweet gone wrong, these dismissals will make you think twice about what you do at work ― and in your off hours.

Fired for looking too old?
A group of former cocktail waitresses at an Atlantic City casino claim they were fired for not looking good in the casino’s new skimpy uniforms. The new uniforms, short black dresses with open backs, are part of the company’s rebranding effort with a roaring twenties theme after a hit HBO show.
High school teachers fired
A gym teacher and a math teacher from Winnipeg, Manitoba, were fired for inappropriate behavior at a high school pep
EMT fired for Facebook
A Connecticut EMT lost her job, but the NLRB later ruled in her favor.
Burger King employee fired
An aspiring musician was fired for celebrating his birthday in an unsanitary way.
Sports radio host fired
An Arkansas radio personality was fired after a college football coach had a few choice words for her at a press conference.
College football coach fired
Legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes ended his career on a bad note but still made it into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Casino worker fired
A fired Iowa man said he was just trying to cheer up co-workers, but his bosses didn't see it that way.
Santa Claus fired
A longtime San Francisco department store St. Nick got the boot after offending some older visitors.
Hotel worker fired
An aspiring author's own words were used against her after she was dismissed.
New York City employee fired
None other than the mayor of New York busted a government employee with an unusual name.
Town workers fired
Four longtime Hooksett, N.H., employees were fired for doing what many workers do on a daily basis.
Iowa man fired
A man from Cedar Falls, Iowa, said a misunderstanding led to him being accused of harassment by a female co-worker.
Wal-Mart employee fired
A Michigan Wal-Mart employee being treated for cancer was let go despite being named Associate of the Year.
Citibank employee fired
A New York woman filed a lawsuit after she said her looks led to her dismissal.
Computer engineer fired
A Highlands Ranch, Colo., man lost his job over some leftovers but went on to win a free cruise.
Fired for weight
Two Michigan women are suing Hooters, claiming they were fired for not losing weight. Representatives said the appearance of their waitresses is a legitimate business concern. Six cities have adopted their own weight discrimination laws, but which state is the only one with such a law? Watch the story.

A rumor hit the Web last year that a former cast member, Casey Wilson, from a long-running sketch comedy show was fired for not losing a reported 30 pounds.
Fired for being too thin
When actress Megan Fox was dropped from the third installment of a blockbuster franchise, rumors ran wild that director Michael Bay decided Fox was too thin to continue on as Shia LaBeouf's love interest. Others said Fox had badmouthed Bay one too many times.

After auditions, including an unsolicited one from a reality star, a new leading lady was chosen.
Fired for not delivering drugs
A former UPS delivery driver is suing the company after being fired for not delivering a suspicious 4-pound package that turned out to contain marijuana. Supervisors accused him of theft and drug-dealing.
Fired for stopping a thief
A Kansas Wal-Mart worker was let go from the discount mega-store after she helped stop a suspect from walking out of the store with a computer the person hadn't paid for. She was assaulted by the suspect but hailed as a hero by store managers until later canned for violating company policy.
A Seattle bank teller was canned after he apprehended a would-be robber. He violated the bank's policy that employees comply with robbery demands to avoid dangerous situations, but 30-year-old Jim Nicholson said his instincts just took over. Watch the story.

Fired for Tweeting
Los Angeles waiter Jon-Barrett Ingels chose the wrong 140 characters when he tweeted that actress Jane Adams failed to leave a tip. Adams also reportedly didn't even pay bill. Her agent settled the payment the next day, but the waiter was fired.
Fired for Facebook posts
A mascot for a major league baseball team was fired for criticizing the team on his Facebook page about its less-than-stellar season. Andrew Kurtz, 24, was told to turn in his pierogi uniform just hours after the post for violating company policy.

A 24-year-old Georgia school teacher was forced to resign after photos of her holding a drink and using an expletive were posted on her Facebook page and brought to the attention of school supervisors. She's suing to get her job back.

Fired for a button
Trevor Keezer, a former cashier for Home Depot, was sacked for wearing a "One nation under God, indivisible" button on his work apron. The home improvement company said the button violated its dress code, which states that only company-provided pins and buttons can be worn at work. Keezer declined an offer of a button with an approved slogan.
Fired for being ugly
A former senior retail manager of a high-end fashion company in Japan said she was unfairly dismissed for being "ugly." Rina Bovrisse is suing the Italian fashion designer for allegedly pressuring her and other female employees to resign by using an alleged barrage of insults.
Fired for talking politics
D.C. Douglas, former voice-over actor for Geico insurance commercials, was canned for leaving an anti-tea party phone message, in which he called activists this. Even though he used a pseudonym, Douglas was easy to track down because he obligingly left his number on the message.
Fired for team spirit
An enthusiastic Green Bay Packers fan was dismissed from her job at a dairy-free bakery for wearing a cheese bra to support the football team at a game. She and a friend created Madonna-esque brassieres out of cheese foam footballs and sewed them onto their shirts. She later learned her firing was due to a violation of a very obscure company policy.


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