NBC 7 in San Diego is reporting that a San Diego Gas and Electric employee was fired after a stranger posted to Twitter a photo of the man making the white power symbol with his hand while in a company truck. Emmanuel Cafferty says he was just cracking his knuckles, but he was suspended and a few days later, fired.
A former SDG&E employee was fired after a stranger posted a picture of him on Twitter accusing him of making a white power sign with his hand. https://t.co/5Re9QjcIV6
— NBC 7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) June 16, 2020
This story is amazing and frightening:
It all started about two weeks ago near a Black Lives Matter rally in Poway when Emmanuel Cafferty, a San Diego Gas and Electric employee, encountered a stranger on the roadway.
The stranger followed Cafferty and took a picture of him as his arm hung out the window of his company truck.
The picture made the rounds on Twitter accompanied by a claim Cafferty was making a “white power” hand gesture made popular by white supremacists groups.
NBC 7 spoke to the man who originally posted the picture on Twitter. He has since deleted his account and said he may have gotten “spun up” about the interaction and misinterpreted it. He says he never intended for Cafferty to lose his job.
Ah, well, if he never intended to cost the man his job by posting a photo on Twitter then everything’s OK.
— Anna Dinh Nguyen (@poetriot) June 16, 2020
How did we get here? 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/Da92K2pZYh
— ⋇ Petite Nicoco ⋇ (@PetiteNicoco) June 16, 2020
The madness will continue until there are consequences for it.
— oregano (@chucktownregs) June 16, 2020
This won't end well, for any of us
— Stanley D. Kruger (@sherpalou) June 16, 2020
I tend to avoid "slippery slope" as an argument, but this had had some high-grade synthetic lubricant applied in large quantities for quite some time.
— Steve Williams (@swilliams909) June 16, 2020
The society needs to collapse.
— whiskeyboohajideen (@whiskyboogboi) June 16, 2020
— scottdharris (@scottdharris1) June 16, 2020
Some people actually do crack their knuckles like that.
— Earthworm Jimbo (@erthwjim) June 16, 2020
Me, I'm some people.
— Rooftop Angel (@AngelofRNGesus) June 16, 2020
I injured my index finger and do that to stretch the ligaments all the time.
— Charles McCarthy (@BigCharlieMack) June 16, 2020
Workplace discrimination against knuckle cracking.
— Paradox of Value (@paradoxofvalue1) June 16, 2020
"Welcome to 2020, I would list all of the rules here, but there too many and most of them are made up as we go, so just be prepared to be punished for something."
— Kevin (@amistakeplusk11) June 16, 2020
So… will the wannabe totalitarian who took that pic lose their job as reciprocity?
— Edward Chang (@Edward_Chang_8) June 16, 2020
This seriously isn't actually a satire article?
— Tim Hoffman (@thesweetlycool) June 16, 2020
This is so damn stupid. It's a perfectly common resting gesture. I saw Seth Meyers make a passive OK sign like three times during an interview with someone (now I can't remember who) just two days ago and almost posted a frame grab at the time.
— Franklin Harris (@FranklinH3000) June 16, 2020
If you don't check the fanatics who want to burn the witches and put big red letters on your shirts, this is what you get.
— Eric Pratch (@EricPratch13) June 16, 2020
Always bet on stupidity.
— Gentleman Jon 🇺🇸 (@GentlemanJonD) June 16, 2020
Getting a minority fired for nothing is super woke
— Pete (@RePete07) June 16, 2020
— What even are names? (@bradleycgibbs) June 16, 2020
Clown World 🤡
— Paul Petratos (@paulpetratos) June 16, 2020
We’d love to say that the company performed an investigation and gave the man his job back, but apparently not: “We conducted a good faith and thorough investigation that included gathering relevant information and multiple interviews, and took appropriate action.”
‘Dear GOD, are we doing this again?!’ CBS News claims D.C. Fire Dept. recruits ‘might be’ making white power symbol in pic https://t.co/lBcTE5jE1Q
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 16, 2020