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Breaking: Tweeting for Pot Might Get You in Trouble

Police respond to tweet requesting weed.
 
 
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Here's a story for those obsessed with building their online brand: be careful what you tweet for, because you just might get it ("it" in this case being trouble.) 

Sunith Baheerathan, a Mr. Lube autoshop working near Toronto, lost his job after tweeting, "Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop? Come to Keele/Landstaff Mr. Lube, need a splif." It wasn't too long before he'd received a rather enthusiastic reply—from the York Regional Police, who tweeted back "Awesome! Can we come too?" The topic became a trending topic in the region, and came to the attention of the owner of said Mr. Lube, leading to Baheerathan's immediate firing, which became clear through—you guessed it—Twitter, when he tweeted his friend, "just got the call of termination."

"I've lost complete hope in society man. There's killers/rapists/people missing and al they care about is a dude asking for weed," Baheerathan tweeted after the firing, though the police reportedly never went as far as to attempt to find Baheerathan outside of the twittersphere. Though the tweet cost him his job, Baheerathan was relatively lighthearted about the experience, even going so far as to predict he would end up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! soon enough. 

No word yet from the Kimmel camp, but Baheerathan deleted his twitter account the next day.

Rod Bastanmehr is a freelance writer in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @rodb.

 
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