Michigan Teen Fired From Summer Job After Hateful Trayvon Martin Tweet Goes Viral
The Trayvon Martin trial served as a painful reminder of just how much racism and hatred still plagues this country. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have been a breeding ground for horrifically hateful comments relating to the case. But one 17-year-old Michigan teen recently learned that venomous words sometimes carry heavy consequences.
Less than an hour following Zimmerman’s acquittal on Saturday night, the teen responded on Twitter by tweeting, “I want to thank God… for that bullet that killed Trayvon Martin.”
The mean-spirited and totally unnecessary comment drew a lot of attention and eventually led to the teen’s termination at Biggby Coffee, where she was scheduled to begin training for her new position as a barista.
According to the Huffington Post, the coffee house learned of the teen’s comments after a group of social media users joined forces, sending tweets and making Facebook posts on the company’s page, slamming them for hiring a “racist” employee and vowing to boycott the franchise. Bob Perry, owner of the chain’s Livonia, Michigan store told the Huff Post that he, too, found the teen’s comment to be “horrific.” He also responded in a post on the company’s Facebook page where he explained that although he did hire her, he was unaware of her statement until social media users brought it to his attention.
“I did hire her, but … I had no knowledge of [her tweet] whatsoever,” Perry wrote.
It was later announced in a company statement that the teen was let go.
“BIGGBY COFFEE does not in any way condone the statements made by the employee at one of its franchise locations. … The thoughts and opinions of BIGGBY COFFEE franchise employees do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of BIGGBY COFFEE. BIGGBY COFFEE’s cultural values have been and continue to be:
Drink great coffee”