Emma Clarke might not take London’s Underground to her next job.
Ms. Clarke was the voice of "the Tube" since 1999. She recently posted audio clips mocking her own voice recordings used by the Tube. Some of the humourous quips include;
"Would the passenger in the red shirt pretending to read the paper but who is actually staring at that woman’s chest please stop. You are not fooling anyone, you filthy pervert."
"Would passengers filling in answers on their Sudokus please accept that they are just crosswords for the unimaginative and are not in any way more impressive just because they contain numbers."
"Here we are crammed again into a sweaty Tube carriage. … If you’re female, smile at the bloke next to you and make his day. He’s probably not had sex for months."
The Underground let the quips slide. That is, until Ms. Clarke did an interview with a local newspaper where she was quoted as saying "I don’t use the Tube myself, it’s dreadful".
The Tube, citing the "dreadful" remark as cause, sacked Clarke.
Employees should always use caution while blogging or using social networking websites like Facebook and MySpace. See my recent column; Off-duty events affect the health of your career for more information on how to protect yourself from situations like Emma Clarke’s.