"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." A good golden rule for life, but also for the internet.
Tuesday, officials at Brookfield Zoo announced they have fired the employee who had been posting on social media negative, and some even racist, comments about zoo guests.
The employee, who in pictures appeared to work in a concession stand at the zoo, posted multiple selfies online with offensive captions. A dead give away that the employee worked for the zoo was a noticeable Brookfield Zoo uniform and the poster even went as far as to tag the facility in each photo. The worst post among the bunch had a caption which read, "Wassup y'all? At work serving these rude ass white people."
A wildfire of comments on social media spread as the actions of the employee went viral. The zoo issued this statement in response:
"Yesterday, we became aware of the actions of a single employee which we agree are unacceptable. This employee's statements in social media are in violation of our policies and do not reflect our institution's values. We have zero tolerance for these kinds of divisive behaviors. We treat all employment matters confidentially, but rest assured that we have taken prompt action to remedy the situation. We hope you continue to hold Brookfield Zoo in high regard and not let the actions of one individual overshadow the longstanding good work of the Chicago Zoological Society."
While some Facebook comments threatened boycotting the zoo, for the most part, it appears visitors are not taking action based on one person's behavior and will continue to visit this beautiful zoological park.
It appears the former zoo employee hopefully has learned a valuable lesson; at least for now, the individual has not been open to comment.
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