A video of a man who used an excavator to destroy a fleet of trucks after he was allegedly fired has sparked a lot of comments from South Africans on social media.
The video has been viewed over 70 000 times on Twitter, with some people commenting that the employee’s “selfishness’’ could cause other people to lose their jobs. Employees in the vicinity who came running can be seen looking on aghast at the spectacle.
However, some users disputed what exactly had led to the man going on the rampage, saying: “That’s not true. The contractor manager didn’t pay his employees and they decided to destroy his fleet.”
Another Twitter user said: “He just proved them right. Their insurance will probably payout, he’ll still be unemployed and may not find another job based on this. All downhill from here because in of his choice.”
They fired him from work with immediate effect and this is what he did before he left pic.twitter.com/lXAsn3VZa7— Ntshieng (@LeratoN_) September 14, 2021
Another Tweet sympathised with the man, saying: “Great job… I know this kind of companies.”
’’At least the remaining workers will be treated with caution and respect… A good sacrifice this one if it was unfair dismissal,’’ said another Twitter user.
At least the man didn’t go quite as far as a Florida resident who acted completely insane after being fired. In 2019, Errol Gray was arrested after he punched and kicked his supervisor numerous times, then threw a chair at a woman outside the office before stealing a company truck.
He jumped in the truck and stopped just short of hitting a group of women outside the city hall.
There was also the notorious Seth Aaron Ator, 36, who opened fire after a routine traffic stop in Texas in 2019, killing seven people and injuring 22. He was fired just hours before the deadly shooting. Ator had been fired from his job at Journey Oilfield Services after a disagreement, according to police. The shooting rampage ended when Ator was killed by police.