Many of us have experienced being let go from a job, or at the very least, doing something that should have gotten us fired. So it’s easy to have sympathy for people who have been laid off. It’s another thing entirely to feel bad for a guy who loses his job, starts an online discussion about the (untrue) reasons he lost his job, on a website that, oh by the way, was his former employer. That’s exactly what happened to David Ehrmann last night, and he’s getting killed for it today.
The timeline goes like this. David Ehrmann works for Reddit. David is let go from Reddit. David decides to do a Reddit AMA (basically an online interview open to all users) under the premise of being a former Reddit employee. Someone asks why he was let go. David claims that he’s not totally sure, but hints that it could have been because he had questioned the business direction of the company.
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Then Reddit’s CEO, Yishan Wong shows up, and basically drops a bomb, and then drops the mic on ol’ Dave.
Now, I don’t want to assume which side is correct without all the information, although in my experience, people who get fired tend to be “mystified” as to why, especially when they were dogshit employees. It’s a little weird that the CEO of a high profile company would stoop to publicly excoriating a former employee, but then again, if you’re gonna go back to your former place of work to take a shit, you shouldn’t be surprised when management takes the toilet paper away.