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Old May 14th, 2010, 10:13 AM
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Default Got in trouble at work because I smoke hookah!!!

So I got in a not so pleasant voice mail from my boss today ordering me to remove all pictures of myself with a hookah from my facebook account. He said it looks like something illegal. and he didn't want me to have a bad image and give people the wrong idea. Granted I work in politics and I am managing a state senate campaign, so I can understand how image is really important in my line of work, but I'm not the senator running for re-election.

I hate the negative stigma that is too often associated with smoking hookah. Besides, I would love to be able to keep my work life and my personal life separate! I don't think having a picture of me smoking a hookah, enjoying myself is a bad thing! And really, who is going to be looking at my facebook page and basing their vote off of a picture of myself smoking a hookah. I'm only 18 and considering most voters are 35+ 99% of them aren't even going to see my picture.

I do have to say though, that I really like my boss and he's generally a really good guy and I've never had a problem with him before, but this one just irritates me.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 10:18 AM
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Unfortunately in your line of work especially image is everything and you can never be too careful. That sucks that you had to take them down but I guess we all make sacrifices in life. I do hate the negative stigma though. He wouldn't ask you to take down a picture of you smoking a cigarette.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 10:26 AM
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Hookah is not part of the american culture and you are in a line of work where social norms are extremely important. This seems trivial. I wouldn't be concerned about having to remove the pics, i would simply comply being that its not even a battle worth contemplating. Or you could just set the pics to private or friends only instead of deleting them completely. Either way, it seems of no consequence.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Your boss is your friend on Facebook? Gees that would suck

Why dont you just make it private? My Myspace and Facebook are Private just for that reason... I have a few politcal things that I support that not many people do, so at first I was worried about my job and co-workers and stuff but then I just started screening people I am friends with. I wont think twice to just deny somebody my friendship on a network site.

Am worried about making youtube vids as well for reviews and stuff... But am just going to stick to my screen name. Right now my current user name on youtube is my Last name and first initial not the smartest thing I have done but i was in a hurry. So I gotta make another one before I start making vids.

Worst thing Ive done is my EBAY account is my last name first intial all the free stuff I get from work I cant sell on ebay because its pretty obvious who I am!!! Sucks, thinking of making a new name there but then I would lose a good bit of feedback.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 12:31 PM
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facebook and co-workers should not exist. you should have realized that before you got a job. hide things remove anything that looks shady and block them from seeing it
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Old May 14th, 2010, 12:36 PM
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This is a *Very* common occurrence in today's day and age. The bleeding of work and home can cause some very unfortunate consequences. I know for a face that several younger teachers have gotten in trouble with their school districts over Facebook/Flickr/Twitter pictures. And I also know that, after google-ing job candidates I have e-mailed incriminating pictures to co-workers who were part of the interview process.
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I think I'm one of the eleven people on the planet whose never had a Myspace, Facebook, or Livejournal account..
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I think I'm one of the eleven people on the planet whose never had a Myspace, Facebook, or Livejournal account..
Add me to that list, never had one for the exact same reasons the OP was talking about. If I want to get in touch with friends I pick up the phone, I don't need any stalkers, followers or an occasional nosy co-worker.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 10:22 PM
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Old May 15th, 2010, 03:10 PM
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I was talking to my parents the other day and they were talking about cultural experiences and I told them I get a cultural experience every time I smoke hookah....they didnt believe me. I tried explaining the history and all that too them but they still think it has something to do with drugs!
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sorry man, that really sucks. make it private!!
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Default Re: Got in trouble at work because I smoke hookah!!!

What does he care what you do in your private time? As long as you come in to work and do what you're supposed to do, everything should be fine. I mean, it's not like you come to work with a hookah and take pictures of yourself there and then post them on Facebook, so what's his problem?
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It's the negative stigma of hookah smoking and the employer's fear that it might translate into workplace, perfectly understandable from an employer's perspective if the assumptions were true.
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facebook and co-workers should not exist. you should have realized that before you got a job. hide things remove anything that looks shady and block them from seeing it
QFT. I'm not friends with ANYONE I work with. Period. You are my coworker/boss/whatever. You don't need to see my family shiznit.

As for the pictures, make your profile private and tell people "NO" when asking to be your friend on social sites. Facebook and Myspace have gotten SO many people fired, it's not even funny!

P.S I say F what an employer thinks they know. What I do in my off time is none of their business as long as I don't violate any contractual agreements between me and the employer. If it's not illegal, they can piss off. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE for them to fire me over my hookah. I would slap them so fast with a lawsuit that their head would spin. (And this is coming from someone who is NOT a sue happy person)
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P.S I say F what an employer thinks they know. What I do in my off time is none of their business as long as I don't violate any contractual agreements between me and the employer. If it's not illegal, they can piss off. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE for them to fire me over my hookah. I would slap them so fast with a lawsuit that their head would spin. (And this is coming from someone who is NOT a sue happy person)
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thatss way i block every and anyone who isnt a friend my block list is over 50 ppl between some family co workers and some exes and there crazy friends lol
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that sucks i get bugged by family on facebook
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It is sad that hookahs get a bad rep. The other day I stopped by my dad's house and mentioned to him and his girl friend that I was going to go chill with some friends and smoke my hookah. My dad said "OK", but his girlfriend's immediate response was, "Hookah? Are those illegal?" As a whole, U.S. society is just misinformed on the matter.
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I know what you guys mean. I'm a Corrections Officer for my local Sheriff's Department and I've already had some of the other deputies tell me I should have any pictures of my hookah or even mention it on facebook. I took the pictures down but it does annoy me. Oh well goes with the job I guess...
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The stigma sucks, but I understand where your employer is coming from. I am friends with co workers and even a couple of my bosses on facebook. But, there are NO pictures of me with a hookah, or anything else questionable. You really have to be careful with social networking.
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think its gay how companies check up on employees private life, if its legal its legal
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I agree, but it is what it is, and you've got to cover your own ass.
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It specifically states in my employment contract that I must maintain a moral and ethical public image. I would say a large percentage of the public perceive our hobby as drug related. I guess now that I have joined your ranks I'll just have to do my best to educate the public until hookahs are as widely loved and accepted as all other forms of tobacco... wait crap... ok at least until people know its not a drug thing.
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Sounds like the perfect opportunity to tell your boss to kiss your ass!
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Sounds like the perfect opportunity to tell your boss to kiss your ass!
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