A man’s ill-conceived comment made on Twitter saying that he had hit a cyclist on the way to work has cost him his job.
Rayhan Qadar, 21, tweeted on Tuesday morning: “Think I just hit a cyclist. But Im [sic] late for work so had to drive off lol”.
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Despite Qadar subsequently apologising on Twitter, insisting that it was a bad joke and that he had not hit a cyclist, his employer – Hargreaves Lansdown, a Bristol stockbroker – did not see the funny side, and sacked him.
“One of our employees has failed to conduct themselves to the standards we expect of our staff,” a spokesperson for Hargreaves Lansdown told the Bristol Post. “We find these online comments totally unacceptable. Upon becoming aware of this issue we have terminated this person’s employment with immediate effect.”
Qadar’s original tweet was greeted with a torrent of outrage from users on the social network service, as well as attention from the police service.
Avon and Somerset police are reported to be looking into the incident and had appealed during the day for any victim to come forward, according to the BBC.
Qadar’s twitter account under the name of @Rayq18 appeared to have been closed or removed on Tuesday evening.
It’s not the first time that a comment such as Qadar’s has been made on Twitter. In 2013, Emma Way was found guilty on two charges after hitting a cyclist and tweeting “Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way – he doesn’t even pay road tax! #Bloodycyclists”. She, too, lost her job as a result of the incident, received fines totalling £667 and seven points on her driving licence.