Definitely Not Lovin' It

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I've been hearing some rumblings lately about the dangers of online social networking tools. No, I'm not talking about sexual predators on MySpace. We're talking about bosses, provosts, human resources people -- the sort of people you might be trying to impress -- finding your words of wisdom (or compromising photos) on MySpace, LiveJournal, a blog, or what have you. Take for example, Joanna, a McDonald's employee in my great homestate of Louisiana, who, contributing to what appears to be a McDonald's employee discussion group, posts 43 tips for McDonald's customers. As the blog Consumerist points out, a number of the tips are alerting customers not to expect young Joanna to actually do her job.

It's actually an entertaining read and may remind plenty of people of being a frustrated teenager talking smack about the customers at their first job. And I'll be the first to admit that while the customer is always right, the customer is often stupid, petty, condescending and spoiled, driving the average employee to Samuel L. Jackson fits of profanity. The difference between now and then, of course, is that when we were kids, we weren't posting our complaints where the customers (and our bosses) could read them.

We're going to go out on a limb and say McDonald's cuts young Joanna loose. UPDATE: The voice of reason wins out and young Joanna removed her list and apologized to the McDonald's Talk livejournal community. For anyone still interested in the list, The Consumerist has rescued it.
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