Prank Photo at Tomb of Unknowns May Cost 2 Jobs
Woman's Facebook post goes viral
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by Just_Dave
Posted Nov 20, 2012 6:17 PM CST
In this file photo, a guard stands watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The offending photo comes next.   (AP Photo/Matt Houston)

(Newser) – A Massachusetts woman and her friend might be out of jobs because of a Facebook post from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington. In the photo, Lindsey Stone poses next to a sign asking for "silence and respect" and pretends to shout while flipping off the tomb. The image came down but not before it went viral, prompting the employer of Stone and pal Jamie Schuh (they work for a facility that provides care for disabled adults) to place them on unpaid leave for now, reports CBS Boston.

After Stone started getting some serious online hate—there's even a Facebook page devoted to getting her fired—she wrote: "Whoa whoa whoa... wait. 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." But that hasn't stopped the groundswell, prompting Neetzan Zimmerman at Gawker to ponder, "Does Lindsey Stone deserve to have her future employment imperiled ... because of an admittedly dumb photo posted in jest on her personal Facebook page?"

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Trixielolo77
Nov 25, 2012 9:05 PM CST
Well if the sign were anywhere else, i would get the point she was trying to convey but IN A CEMETARY???? Not cool in my book. She made a rather silly and disrespectful choice but you live and you learn, you suffer the consequences and you move on from it.
JaneAnderson
Nov 22, 2012 11:30 AM CST
Those who have never lost a family member in war cannot even begin to understand how hurtful the actions of these two ladies are. Yes, they should lose their jobs. And spend the rest of their lives apologizing to the memories of those in the armed forces who had no choice but to go to war. It is BECAUSE our brave men and women went off to fight - that disrespectful people like these two have the freedom to act as they did. But having something also means we should be considerate enough and brought up morally so we do not reopen wounds that are so hurtful to others.
DavidEvans
Nov 22, 2012 11:03 AM CST
Rather than commemorate and sanctify wars with dead soldiers and parades, wouldn't it be better to not make dead soldiers by sendng young people abroad to act as enforcement thugs for business and banking cartels? Those who have fallen in battle aren't heroes to thefamilies of those they may have killed in their own lands. How many dead "heroes" and their victims will this adventure ultimately cost? http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-war-is-worth-waging-afghanistan-s-vast-reserves-of-minerals-and-natural-gas/19769 To make such a big issue over this while allowing government to provide businesses with an endless supply of thugs is a matter of twisted priorities. David Evans Former Sergeant USMC