A mechanic working for the Canadian auto-maintenance chain “Mr. Lube” in the Toronto suburb of Vaughan was fired on Tuesday after expressing his desire to score some weed on Twitter.
During his shift the mechanic, using the Twitter handle Sunith Baheerathan, tweeted “Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop? Come to Keele/Langstaff Mr. Lube, need a spliff or two to help me last this open to close.
Unfortunately, local police caught wind of the post and sarcastically replied, “Awesome! Can we come too?”
That tweet, posted by the York Regional Police, was subsequently retweeted over 3,000 times.
And if humiliating the man wasn’t enough, the cops also decided to tell his employer, Mr. Lube, about his attempt to buy weed while at work.
That evening, Mr. Lube got in on the Twitter action, posting, “Thank you to the York Regional Police for your help and great work. The matter has now been handled.”
And by “handled,” Mr. Lube meant that the mechanic was canned. Sunith Baheerathan confirmed the move, tweeting, “Just got the call of termination.”
That was certainly much ado about a simple – yet obviously foolish – tweet. Baheerathan fired back on Twitter about the incident: “Never knew weed smokers are more wanted in society than shooters & rapists. Big smh [shake my head] to all of y'all. All I'm saying is, people take tweets way too serious lol. I'm in [expletive] tears. I just caused a whole controversy over one tweet.”
On Wednesday Baheerathan changed his account profile from “aspiring mechanic” to “my tweets are NOT serious by any means.”
Let this be a lesson to all pot smokers who’ve ever been tempted to use social media to find marijuana. Don’t do it. You never know who’s watching.