McDonald's manager canned over Harlem Shake video
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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A McDonald's assistant manager is getting the boot for allowing employees to do the Harlem Shake on the clock.
Ierfino has been an assistant manager at the McDonald's on Tamiami Trail for seven years when her staff asked her if they could perform the viral video. After initially saying no, she changed her mind seeing the project as an opportunity to boost morale.
"I was trying to help make the crew work better together," she said.
The 30 second video shows a half dozen employees dancing by the grills. Ierfino admits she shot it on the clock and posted it to Facebook and YouTube.
She says management fired her the next day.
"I think its stupid," said Ierfino. "Maybe suspension would have been sufficient but I don't see getting fired for a video on the internet."
"Did they fire anyone else who was in the video?," asked Fox 4 reporter Matt Grant.
"No," she said. "They're still working there."
Ierfino says the company did not have a social media policy. Rather, she says it was suggested in a meeting to not post anything online relating to work.
In her termination letter, McDonald's references that meeting saying she was warned about "not posting anything work related" online.
Fox 4 found other Harlem Shake videos performed at McDonald's across the country.
"What would you like to say to McDonald's?," asked Grant.
"You could have suspended me," said Ierfino. "You didn't have to fire me."Watch the video here
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