Intern Tweets 'Suck My D*** And B**** I Work For NASA' And 'Instantly Loses Dream Job'
In this day and age, it's very important to watch what you do on social media. In fact, a lot of people lose their jobs nowadays because they say something silly, or offensive on social media. That's just the way of the world.
With that in mind, it's probably worth keeping a low profile when you've got a new job, even if you want to shout about how proud you are to have got it.
This is all good advice that should have been followed by one person on Twitter who was claiming to have just been accepted onto an internship for US Space Agency NASA.
The person in question, who goes by the Twitter handle @NaomiH_official, tweeted: "EVERYONE SHUT THE FUCK UP. I GOT ACCEPTED FOR A NASA INTERNSHIP."
Which would be fine - obviously, they're chuffed to have got a job that must have taken a lot of hard work and determination to get. Wonderful stuff.
It is at this point that it all began to unravel for Naomi.
Another person online responded: "Language."
Naomi took exception to being asked to control their language and said: "Suck my dick and balls I'm working at NASA."
Now, this where the problem lies. Twitter offers us an anonymity that can often lead to people becoming the kind of keyboard warriors who think they can say anything and get away with it.
That's all well and good, unless the person that you've just told that they can suck your dick and balls is, in reality, a Vietnam war veteran, a former-NASA engineer, astronaut trainer, and - crucially - a member of the board that regulates NASA, the National Space Council.
That person was Homer Hickam, he's a bit of a legend in the space travel community. He's done all of the stuff I've just mentioned, and that buys you a lot of credits with that lot.
He replied: "And I am on the National Space Council that oversees NASA."
Perhaps too late, but Naomi then went silent and deleted the tweets.
A lot of people were quick to jump on the bandwagon and start punishing her further. One Twitter user said: "I can't believe @NASA gave an internship to someone who didn't know who Homer Hickem was."
Others defended her, one said: "Wow, Homer Hickam is kind of a jerk. Naomi did the right thing, this hectoring old dullard needs to be told off more."
Anyway, she has been reportedly told that she will not be getting the job, after all.
Just goes to show, the internet can be a dangerous place, particularly if you're being offensive to someone who actually has a lot of sway in your field.
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