GameStop, the video-game retailer, fired an employee recently for tweeting two pictures of himself “planking” on the store counter and between two merchandise kiosks. Planking is an online craze in which people post pictures of themselves lying flat as a board in unusual places.
GameStop has a policy that says employees can be terminated for online activity that puts the company in a bad light. It also denied the worker unemployment benefits, saying the planking prank rose to the level of gross negligence.
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