A sign of the times methinks. Worker hired on Facebook then gets an inbox message firing her:

p2pnet news view | P2P:- Crystal Bell was hired via Facebook.

Then she was fired via Facebook.

“The former spa worker … had only been on the job for two weeks when she was let go with an electronic pink slip after failing to show up at a staff meeting on her day off,” says the Canwest News Service.

Bell (right), a single mother from Kelowna, BC, “was working for Faces Cosmetics & European Day Spa in Kelowna, operated by Susanne Woehrle,” said the Kelowna Daily Courier, which broke the story last year.

“The two knew each other because Bell had worked there some time ago,”” it says, continuing »»»

They knew each other’s Facebook site.

“I woke up Wednesday morning because I work at 10 a.m. at Faces,” said Bell. “It’s a good thing I checked my Facebook (site). I had one new message, so I went in and found that I had been fired by my boss on Facebook.”

Both sides agree the firing was the result of Bell missing an employee meeting. Bell said she had to look after her sick mother, but concedes she didn’t phone Woehrle to let her know she would miss the meeting.

“Her (Woehrle’s) message to me said she found it very unprofessional that I didn’t call and say I wouldn’t be at the meeting, and that I should find another job,” said Bell. “Firing someone on Facebook is not a professional way to do it.”

The Courier has Woehrle saying, “I tried to call her on her cellphone and it wasn’t on. I then tried to call her house and leave a message, but her voice mailbox was full.

“I just wanted to have it dealt with that evening. I didn’t want to deal with it at the shop when other people were around.”

Facebook is definitely replacing email. No surprises there.

This is an old story but I wanted to have it here – sort of bookmarking it for a course I’m teaching. So no sniping at me that you saw this 6 months ago!