DailyMail - Three women civil rights workers have been fired for sending hundreds of catty emails giving workmates derisory nicknames such as ‘Psycho’ and ‘Monster’ and forwarding photographs making fun of fat people and Wal-Mart customers. The Iowa Civil Rights Commission employees were axed after their boss discovered the messages sent while they were supposed to be investigating discrimination complaints. Tiffanie Drayton, Michele Howard and Wendy Buenger called their supervisor Don Grove ‘Teen Wolf’ and the commission’s executive director Beth Townsend, ‘Night Ranger’. They also criticised colleagues’ looks, social skills and mannerisms, quoted vulgar rap lyrics and received and sent offensive pictures — all while they were supposed to be working on housing and employment cases. The nicknames the trio dreamed up for their colleagues included ‘Monster,’ ‘Psycho,’ stoned intern, ‘Roid Rage,’ ‘Rainman,” ‘Extreme Makeover,’ ‘Homeless McGree” and ‘albino.’ Townsend said the emails were so frequent, they likely took up a majority of Drayton’s workday.
Well this is a damn shame. I’m standing firmly behind these ladies in their fight to get their job back. This is an outrage. How can you ban people from talking shit about their coworkers? It’s what we do. We work with people, make friends, and talk shit about how incompetent the others there are. And to be honest I’m scared as hell that these ladies got fired for calling people “psycho” and “monster.” Really? That’s an offense worthy of being fired? Shit. If they think that’s bad then I pray to God no one records the shit I say at work about people. But that’s what it’s all about. I can’t imagine working in a place where I have to worry about gossiping or talking about how the new guy is as useful as Hellen Keller. Look, it’s not like these chicks were saying this stuff to their face. It was just in some emails they sent each other during work hours. What’s the big deal? Hey, let the sinless cast the first stone. Anyone that says they don’t make fun of their coworkers is a god damned liar.