HR Strange But True

Congratulations EPA—You Beat the Highest Score!

Everyone is guilty of doing things they’re not supposed to be doing while on the job. Whether it’s checking your Facebook account, paying your bills, or shopping for a new pair of shoes, sometimes you just need to use your work computer because your smartphone just doesn’t cut it!

However, it should be common knowledge to make sure that you are not logged into your company’s social media accounts before you decide to slack off on the job!

This does not ring true for one employee at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water. One day a tweet from the EPA appeared on Twitter that suspiciously had nothing to do with water or the environment. The tweet read, “I’m now a C-List celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Come join me and become famous too by playing on iPhone!”

Kim Kardashian? iPhone? Those things aren’t related to the environment … Apparently someone was playing the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game and forgot to log out of EPA’s twitter account before posting their achievements. The game’s creator, GluGames, replied, “Keep at it @EPAwater, you’ll get there.”

The tweet was instantly retweeted over 3,000 times and raised eyebrows among respected members of a few government agencies. Most notably, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) tweeted, “I hope the Kardashians don’t mind being associated with something that spends millions without contributing to society.”

To make matters worse—or maybe just less professional on EPA’s part—they apologized for the tweet by saying, “Whoops … our bad. Sorry about that tweet.” So remember, folks, next time you’re slacking off at work, log out of your company’s social media accounts before you post your game achievements. Also, never apologize for something by saying “our bad.” That’s so last millennium!!