Pot plea on Twitter costs Mr. Lube worker his job
Police tweet to employer followed by firing of aspiring mechanic
An aspiring young mechanic from the Toronto area has hit a speed bump in his career after he posted a request for marijuana on Twitter.
The young man, posting under the user name Sunith Baheerathan, was apparently at work on Tuesday when he wrote, "Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop? Come to Keele/Langstaff Mr. Lube, need a spliff or two to help me last this open to close."
The York Regional Police noticed the post — which has since been removed — and replied: "Awesome! Can we come too?"
That snarky retweet triggered chuckles across the internet and was itself retweeted more than 3,000 times.
The police also brought the young man's tweet to the attention of his employer, the auto-maintenance franchise Mr. Lube.
By Tuesday evening, Mr. Lube tweeted, "Thank you to the York Regional Police for your help and great work. The matter has now been handled."
Sunith Baheerathan also tweeted: "Just got the call of termination."
Reached on Wednesday afternoon, Shivanand Ramsawak, the manager of the Mr. Lube location at Keele Street and Langstaff Road in Vaughan, just north of Toronto, said that "there was an employee here by that name; he no longer works for us." The manager said Baheerathan was let go the night before, but would not confirm the reason or any other details.
As the story brought attention from media outlets and social-networking peers, the Sunith Baheerathan account and several of its followers on Twitter expressed frustration over what they saw as a trifle that had been blown far out of proportion.
"Never knew weed smokers are more wanted in society than shooters & rapists. Big smh [shake my head] to all of y'all," the aspiring mechanic posted. "All I'm saying is, people take tweets way too serious lol. I'm in [expletive] tears. I just caused a whole controversy over one a tweet."
By this morning, the account's Twitter profile was changed from "aspiring mechanic" to "my tweets are NOT serious by any means."
Then this afternoon, the account was changed from public to private, with only confirmed followers able to see the tweets.