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You Can't Hide Online

Work Excuses

I suppose you have heard all the old excuses for people being late to work, or not turning up at all?. Ones like, "the bus was late", "my car wouldn't start / broke down", "I had toothache". These have all happened to people, including me. They only become unbelievable when you get a whole catalogue of them one after the other.

More Work Excuses

Recently I heard a few more, all from the same person, "my cat got run over and I had to take it to the vet", "the dog wouldn't stay with the dog sitter", "my flight was late", "I got jet lag and I have been really sick and tired".

Can't Prove or Disprove

When there is no evidence one way or the other, then you have to believe them, although it gets difficult when they come thick and fast - how many pieces of bad luck can one person have at one time?

But You Can't Hide Online

If you don't want to be caught out skiving off work, then don't post your exploits online! The person who reported their flight as being late and suffering from jet lag posted pictures of what they were ACTUALLY doing on their Instagram account. Now, it would be really silly to post there if you know that your boss or the person you are trying to fool follows your Instagram account, wouldn't it? I imagine you would search for help on something like how to block someone on Instagram. You will find the information too. It's no doubt easy to block someone on any of those social media accounts. But what they may not tell you is that there are programs that can find anything you have posted online whether you have blocked someone or not.

Caught Out

The pictures from the person's Instagram account can be found using apps that can be easily found online. Their picture, showing them happy and relaxed in a group of people, was in a dated article taken from another website. They definitely didn't look like they were tired and jet lagged or very sick and unable to move!

Moral - You WILL Get Caught Out!

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Kasman wrote on September 23, 2018, 3:29 PM

Not if you use a pseudonym as I do! Nowhere online am I under my real name. I don't do this for any nefarious purpose but for simple security reasons. There are too many hackers, scammers, spammers, trolls, phishers, and plain old-fashioned crooks out there for my liking and the less they know about the real me the better!

MegL wrote on September 23, 2018, 5:21 PM

You are quite right! She was not under a pseudonym!!! But if your friends know your pseudonym, they can still catch you out skipping out on something you arranged with them, in order to go to something more appealing!

VinceSummers wrote on September 23, 2018, 7:00 PM

Funny. Some of those most intent on lying or otherwise misleading are among the most stupid, easily caught, individuals out there.

MegL wrote on September 24, 2018, 2:00 AM

Yes and yet they often think they are smart!

viewgreen wrote on September 24, 2018, 3:16 AM

This article seem like reveal bout the Black Hat and the White Hat. So, who exactly you're? I guess you just like an Orange Hat lover. lol. Thanks for sharing this informative article.

cmoneyspinner wrote on September 24, 2018, 11:09 PM

Yes, it is stupid to lie about why you can't come into work and then post what you're doing on social media. But let's assume I didn't do something stupid like that. Uumm ... why is my boss following my Instagram account? Why is my boss following me on social media? I gave my boss the 8 hours that I get paid for. My boss doesn't need to be all up in my grill! I'm not following my boss on social media. I don't care what my boss does when I'm not at work with him or her. It ain't none of my business. I have a real problem with people who don't know where to draw the line between work and personal, between public and private. But that's just me. :)

MegL wrote on September 25, 2018, 7:22 AM

Not sure what an orange hat lover would be?

MegL wrote on September 25, 2018, 7:27 AM

Thing is, your work was about getting more followers and more exposure to your boss's work instagram account and you KNEW your boss was following your Instagram account beforehand, because you had suggested that you would post on Instagram from a trip you were making, so you could get paid for working, while on a personal trip. I agree, when you're at work, you're at work and your personal life should be that - personal. Unfortunately, some people don't distinguish between the two.

melody23 wrote on September 25, 2018, 10:01 AM

the amount of people in my line of work that get into trouble for things they post online really shocks me - these are not stupid people either just don't seem to have the sense not to post their every silly thought online. if the boss/management etc isn't on their facebook/other social media they don't think about it but people can and do tell tales. I once posted that I had been offered a job, I hadn't told the boss as I was waiting a formal offer set to arrive the next day and I was working that day anyway and would see her in person - someone must have went out their way to message her and show her because that is the only way she could have found out about it before I seen her. she was fine about it, and had genuinely wanted me to get the job in the first place but imagine if I hadn't told her that I was going for it in the first place?

MegL wrote on September 25, 2018, 11:57 AM

Some people seem desperate to make sure everyone "gets the news!!