The Power of Anonymity

The internet has more power than any other previous technology breakthrough in our history.

The light bulb? Eh, we had candles.

The telephone? So what. We had the Pony Express.

The power that the internet has is anonymity. You, sitting in a closed room without windows, can do or say anything that you choose to… AND choose to do it anonymously.

On the other hand, your use of the internet can also be used against you.

I read an article the other day about a woman who posted photos of herself smiling and having fun on vacation. Her medical benefits were denied for on-going depression.

Or how about the gal who recently found out her fiancé was cheating on her from photos tagged of him on Facebook?

Or closer to home, remember when one of our employees was too sick to work? The photos posted online showed otherwise.

The best, though, was that gal that we interviewed whose MySpace shows her posing for the camera while lighting up a big ol’ pipe full of marijuana. Woo HOO!

So now let’s talk business. Why the big lead in? Because I needed to pound on my keyboard a little before jumping in head first. Plus it helps to get rid of the lurkers who could care less.

The email sat in my Inbox for a while. I had assumed it was just a mass email, and rarely open updates from sites such as these.

Luckily, I opened it and found out that it was directly relevant to our business.

The attachment had his email address, IP address, and the “review” he had written. My jaw dropped to the ground. Had it been published, it would’ve been grounds for libel. As it is, I could certainly sue him for slander. It attacked me, Whitey, our food quality control…. even our employees.

I couldn’t stop shaking. I felt completely overwhelmed.

Yes, y’all, this is the same kid that we took on vacation with us. Kid? CHILD. Angry little man. His “review” concluded that he chose not to work here any longer because of all of the accusations that he had listed.

Mmm hmmm. That’s why you ate here EVERY STINKIN’ DAY even on your day off? Angry. Little. Man.

I shared the email and “review” with my husband and he was speechless. His first words?

“Sue the #*@# out of him,” he said.

I knew that Whitey would take it especially hard. He was the one who trusted him; who didn’t believe the rumors of his past.

For the rest of the day, he continued to shake his head in disbelief and make comments as such.

To hate your previous employers, fine. You’re permitted to point a finger as to why you’re no longer employed; to turn the blame. But to try to tear down the business and your former co-workers?

That’s vicious.

ALM still considers most of our employees as his “friends”. And, ironically enough, one of them is his own brother!

We took a couple of days to absorb and digest ALM’s attack on us to decide what to do, and seeing as how it was a holiday weekend, it would take a while to to contact our attorney anyway.

Our decision was to print out the email and hang it up for the rest of the staff to view.

Their response made me proud.

They took it as seriously as we did. Everyone was quiet after reading it. They talked amongst themselves. And then they were as angry as we were.

The power of the internet is anonymity… unless, of course, you broadcast it from your front porch with your own name attached.

He’s a bright one, as his previous employer found out as well. And he’s tangling with someone far smarter than he.

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3 Responses to The Power of Anonymity

  1. THAT ONE F.G. =) says:

    ALM? CLEVER….does that mean Asdeleted Liardeleted Mdeleted??? Yeah.

  2. Adrienne says:

    WOW! Totally impressed how you handled it. Then again, I’m always impressed how you handle sticky situations. He’ll get his!

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