When will some people learn that unless you have your privacy settings on lockdown, Facebook is a totally public forum where you will quickly be taken to task for the things you say? For example, if you happen to work at a daycare, it’s probably not a great idea to publicly declare on Facebook that you “hate kids.” That’s exactly what one woman did this week. She’s out of a job now.
Kaitlyn Walls is a 27-year-old single mom who lives in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. She had just landed a job at a daycare, but was told to not bother coming in for her first day after her employers caught wind of a status update she posted to Facebook. It read:
“I start my new job today, but I absolutely hate working at day care. Lol, it’s all good, I just really hate being around a lot of kids.”
Since her Facebook post was set to “public,” she’s had a lot of random strangers on the internet attacking her. For the love of all things holy, will someone please show this woman how to set her posts to “friends only?” She told CBS News, “I have these girls attacking me because I don’t want to be around a lot of kids all the time.” Again, does she understand that if she makes her account private she won’t have to endure this abuse? I feel like I’m beating my head against a wall.
It takes an incredible level of patience to be able to handle a roomful of kids all day; hats off to anyone who does it. I’m less concerned about her expressing annoyance and more concerned about the lack of common sense involved in publicly ranting about a brand-new job that you really need —especially in this era of people who practically make it a job to get offended about things on Facebook. A Jezebel writer had an interesting take on the situation, saying “a bunch of suburban busybodies with literally nothing else to do hounded a woman out of a job she needed.” Yeah, probably. But the big lesson here I think is,
Set your Facebook posts to PRIVATE, people!