Monday, June 6, 2011

Cleveland City Hall Employee Suspended Over Facebook Posts About Co-Worker

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 1:05 PM

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Let the tale of Donn Nottage, chief photographer at Cleveland City Hall, be reminder #12,041 that you should be careful what you post on social media networks.

According to the PD's Michael McIntyre, Nottage had more than a few beefs with another worker (Steve Gusky) over at City Hall. Unable to find a more suitable and private venue for venting, Nottage took to his Facebook page, which was public, incidentally. (He has since changed the settings on his page to private.)

Nottage complained in a Facebook post that "a guy at work" had been fretting about his daughter being on life support.

"Then I realize he was talking about his [BLEEPING] CAT!" wrote Nottage. "Went on to describe his other 'sons and daughters.' Ultra-gourmet dog food? 'Pet Parents?' What the hell is wrong with people?? All this animal worship WILL cause the world to end in 2012. And if it does, GOOD."

Nottage wasn't finished. He later bitched that the same co-workers cell phone ring for text messages was loud and annoying.

"I have asked. He's an insubordinate douchebag. I'm writing his ass up," he wrote, according to the report, which says he, "later brags that he followed through on the threat." Nice.

If you guessed the public blustering would come back to bite Nottage in the ass, especially given his employer, you'd be correct: he was suspended for two days without pay after the co-worker, Steve Gusky, pointed out to Nottage's supervisor that he was the object of Nottage's scorn.

This could have all been avoided had Nottage followed our rules for bitching about co-workers without getting caught. Instead of naming specifics, we stick with a simple formula: "Holy lord, [redacted] is [doing that annoying fricking thing] she/he always does. If [redacted] were [redacted], [redacted] would put a stop to the [redacted] and put her/him out on his ass immediately. We could find a better [redacted], anyhow."

Given, it doesn't have the same panache as unleashing vitriol with details, but it's like punching the pillow or counting to five, alleviating the stress without hurting anyone else.

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