A British teenager has been fired by her employer in a posting on her open Facebook wall, in a move that may result in legal action.
Chelsea Taylor, who worked at Cookies in Leigh, Greater Manchester, lost £10 while out buying biscuits for the shop and offered to repay the money.
But the manageress of the shop, Elaine Sutton, chose to tell the teenager that she no longer had a job using a misspelled posting on her public Facebook wall.
"Hiya Chelsea its Elaine from work. Sorry to send u a message like this but bin tryin to ring u but gettin no joy," it stated, according to the Daily Mail.
"I had to tell the owner bout u losin that tenner coz obviously the till was down at the end of day. she wasn't very pleased at all and despite me trying to persuade her otherwise she said I have to let u go. I'm really sorry."
The case is believed to be the first time that someone has been sacked using a posting on Facebook, despite unconfirmed reports suggesting otherwise.
"What sort of message does firing someone over Facebook send out to young people who are hoping to find work?" said Taylor's mother.
"She was mortified when she realised she had lost the money, but accidents happen. I told her to be honest and just explain to the manager what had happened. I offered to replace the money but the manager reassured us that it was all fine."
The owners of the shop may now face a legal action as the girl's family is reportedly considering taking the case to court.
A member of staff at Cookies, also known as the Lancashire Tea Room, said: " We don't want to talk about this."
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