A public apology to @boonepickens

This has become a question of professional career ethics for me. I guess it has been all along but I have been a little scared to actually face up to it. I’m not scared anymore.

It’s been almost a year now since I was fired from my job. It was my own fault.
My first instinct was to come clean and make it right that very day. That day I messed up, I was encouraged to keep quiet and simply let it blow over. Then the Dallas PD seemed to be getting involved and I told my supervisor that I did not think keeping quiet was the right thing to do. I was fired the very next day and have not been able to work since. Keeping quiet about all this has not been working for me and now, I believe, it’s time to come out in public and own my mistake in the same public forum in which it was made.

Last April, I created a blog post to explain what had happened.
( http://www.flawlessdog.com/i-filed-for-unemployment-today/ )

What it means to be a professional…
That is part of the reason for this update. A professional learns, and one thing a professional learns is that you never stop learning if you are to remain a professional for very long. This is why I will post this here, even as embarrassing as it is to me. I did learn and I believe a professional will be honest and admit the lesson learned.

I filed for unemployment today.

They asked me why I was let go.

This is my official reply:

Q: Explain in detail the final incident/event that caused you to be discharged or, if you quit, the final incident/event that caused you to quit your job. If more space is needed, attach additional sheets and any supporting documents.

A: I was logged into a client’s Twitter account to gather the updated code needed to display the clients Twitter feed onto his website. I asked a question and while I was waiting for a reply, I was surfing Facebook and found an article that interested me. I liked the article and without thinking about it, I clicked “retweet” believing it would be shown on my own Twitter feed rather than that of the client. The client caught the tweet before we had and got it deleted. The article was of a far differing political view that that of the client. The client is a wealthy oil person in Texas who is a major philanthropist and very politically involved. My retweet caused a lot of embarrassment on both sides.

There is a very important lesson here for all of us.
Be very, VERY careful when you are logged into someone else’s online stuff. You can never forget or lose track of what you are doing. As my experience shows, you can really mess up a lot with a single mouse click. And it’s not only your own lives that can be affected. A thing like this can affect everybody you work with, as well as your clients. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

This is the part I had not made public, until now.


This action was not meant to be a hack of your account. I was logged into your twitter account as part of my job. I had one thing to do and instead of doing that, I got caught up in my own political beliefs when I should have been concentrating on the task at hand, which at the time was the work I was doing on your website. My actions were very unprofessional.

I offer you my sincerest apologies for this. I am very sorry.

I feel now like I owe you a second apology for not writing this letter to you sooner. I am very sorry for that too. I should have faced up to this a lot sooner and not tried to just let it go and not say anything at all. I have learned a valuable lesson from all this and promise you and myself that this will never happen again.

Come what may from this, I am ready to accept it.
At the very least, I hope I can move on with my life.

Thank you for reading this, Sir.

Be well,
-larry benedict