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2 workers fired after controversy over disrespectful Arlington Cemetery photo

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Lindsey Stone, Plymouth Woman, Takes Photo At Arlington National Cemetery, Causes Facebook Fury

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Two women have been placed on unpaid leave from their jobs after a Facebook photo taken at Arlington National Cemetery angered thousands online and led to a petition for their resignation.

Lindsey Stone, of Plymouth, Mass., was on a work-paid trip to Arlington National Cemetery in October when she posed for the photo in question, CBS Boston reported. In the photo, Stone stands at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider next to a sign that reads "Silence and Respect," giving the middle finger and pretending to yell. She then posted the picture to her Facebook page.

The photo, which was taken by a co-worker of Stone's, went viral as online users criticized Stone for her insensitivity, according to the station.

Stone attempted to quash the outrage in a Facebook response.

"Whoa whoa whoa... wait," she wrote on Oct. 20, according to Gawker. "This is just us, being the douchebags that we are, challenging authority in general. Much like the pic posted the night before, of me smoking right next to a no smoking sign. OBVIOUSLY we meant NO disrespect to people that serve or have served our country."

A Facebook group entitled, "Fire Lindsey Stone" added fuel to the fire.

Stone "disrespected every man and woman far greater than herself with the actions shown in my profile picture," reads the Facebook group's description. The page demands for her resignation from Living Independently Forever, Inc. (LIFE), a non-profit organization in Hyannis, Mass., that assits adults with disabilities.

News of Stone's controversial Facebook photo spread to LIFE, and the organization placed Stone and her co-worker on unpaid leave pending an internal investigation.

LIFE responded to the incident with a Facebook post of its own.

This photograph in no way reflects the opinions or values of the LIFE organization, which holds our nation’s veterans in the highest regard. We are proud to have veterans serving on our staff and board of trustees, and we value their service. The men and women who have selflessly fought and sacrificed their lives to protect the rights and lives of Americans deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. We are acutely aware that this photo has done a disservice to veterans and we are deeply saddened that it was taken and shared in a public medium.

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"Whoa whoa whoa... wait," she wrote on Oct. 20, according to Gawker. "This is just us, being the douchebags that we are, challenging authority in general. Much like the pic posted the night before, of me smoking right next to a no smoking sign. OBVIOUSLY we meant NO disrespect to people that serve or have served our country."
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If the photo was taken on a work paid trip, I guess it makes sense to dismiss them due to the public backlash and negative impact it would have on the organization.

However it does seem like people are a being bit over sensitive, although none of my family members or close friends have been killed in action.

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It's not a crime, but it's stupid and immature. I suppose if she can do this in a place like Arlington, what's to stop her from doing it in a meeting room or with clients?

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Yeah I'm OK with that. Not because of where it was or what it was. But because they were dumb enough to allow someone to take a picture of something so foolish.

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I consider myself very lucky to have grown up in an age where instant photo's, even like "Polaroids", were rare .. we all get these impulses when we are young .. trying to find the child still inside? .. raging against the very air?

Edit: Bang on, 'nucklehead'.. :)

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Ridiculous. If I was inclined I'd start a petition to have her reinstated. Over sensitive PC douchebags need to be put in their place. Poor judgement? Yes. Anyones business outside her circle of friends? Not a ???? chance.

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What does that have to do with anything. The picture was posted on a social media site. It becomes public domain once it is posted there. If you aren't proud of what you are doing don't have someone take a picture of it for posterity sake and then get upset once it makes its way to the internet.

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Ridiculous. If I was inclined I'd start a petition to have her reinstated. Over sensitive PC douchebags need to be put in their place. Poor judgement? Yes. Anyones business outside her circle of friends? Not a ???? chance.

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They would probably be more upset about losing there jobs over something they did on their own time .. we have come a long way since 1984 .. no more judge and jury .. just the "judgement of the electronically motivated" .. you know .. those folks who can only communicate via a keypad ..

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You have freedom of expression... you do not have freedom from consequences.

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Social media sigh... I feel terrible for our younger generation. I understand it was total disrespect, but seriously these people with the petitions of firing someone from their jobs is just outrageous.

Completely nonsense.

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Ridiculous. If I was inclined I'd start a petition to have her reinstated. Over sensitive PC douchebags need to be put in their place. Poor judgement? Yes. Anyones business outside her circle of friends? Not a ???? chance.

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Sorry for the caps, but:

WHEN WILL PEOPLE REALIZE THAT **** THEY POST ON FACEBOOK ISN'T PRIVATE AND CAN BE EASILY EXPLOITED!

Ridiculous. If I was inclined I'd start a petition to have her reinstated. Over sensitive PC douchebags need to be put in their place. Poor judgement? Yes. Anyones business outside her circle of friends? Not a ???? chance.

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I'd fire someone if they did something similar, like take a photo peeing on poppys on remembrance day.

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