Angry HMV Employee Hijacks Official Twitter Account

When 190 people lost their jobs at HMV, one of them took to their official company Twitter account to vent their anger. See their rant in full.

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An HMV employee who was among 60 people to be fired yesterday took their anger to the brand's official Twitter account yesterday.

The layoffs were a result of the company going into administration in January. It is Britain's only national high street music retailer.

The disgruntled employee told the official HMV account's 66,000 followers:

"We're tweeting live from HR... over 60 of us being fired at once! Mass execution of loyal employees who love the brand." It later transpired the 190 people lost their jobs that day.

They continued: "Under normal circumstances we'd never dare do such a thing as this. However, when the company you dearly love is being ruined, and those hard-working individuals have mostly been forest, there seemed to be no other choice.

"Especially since these accounts were set up by an intern (unpaid, technically illegal) two years ago."

As the unofficial tweets began to spread across Twitter and among the music press, they added: "Just overheard our Marketing Director (he's staying, folks) ask 'How do I shut down Twitter?'"

One hour later, the tweets were deleted.

HMV's administrator, which is managing the company as it tries to wind down its debts, said of the layoffs (via Spinner):

"Although such decisions are always difficult, it is a necessary step in restructuring the business to enhance the prospects of securing its future as a going concern."

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    Maybe this will shed light on the real tragedy of HMV shutting down to all of those people worried only about their gift cards being worthless.
    They've allowed them to be used again.
    it dosn't make it a non-issue though, that aint right. nevermind i see it's been fixed now.
    I'm sorry that they lost their jobs but if I were there I would have been looking for a new job already, this is hardly a shocker
    Grizzly Beer
    I think you under estimate how bad some countries economies are right now, if you had a job in Ireland working for HMV you're shit out of luck because you're not getting another job.
    I believe strongly in people over corporations... but with that said - How can HMV's (now former) employees be surprised that they've been fired? They worked for a company that used to thrive on sales of a dying medium - physical music. Most of them (I'm confidently guessing) were young, low-wage employees. Now think of how hard it's been for former post office employees who've lost their jobs. Many of them worked for decades and have families to support. It's terrible that these ex HMV employees have lost their jobs... but in the big scheme of things it's really not THAT big of a deal. These kids can get another low-wage job just about anywhere. The economy and changing technology have been a lot harder on other people. Long story short - Yeah, it sucks, but suck it up and know that things could be MUCH worse.
    It was actually only office staff that were fired all floor employees have been kept
    I'm willing to bet 90% of the office staff fired were under 30.
    Usually it's the other way around due to health risks, pensions and what not. I know us young people love being the victim and having life served to us on a silver platter but the truth is you need to work hard to get somewhere regardless of your birthrights. Same goes here.
    HMV = Hairy Moist V_____
    I'm sure most of those probably-quite-well-off employees will find work elsewhere. At least it's not the minimum wage slave labour getting fired, right?
    "individuals have mostly been forest," If my workers had grammar as bad as that I would probably fire them too. That, or UG ****ed up once again on their brilliantly reported stories.
    I remember someone here said "Give them 6 more months, they won't be a business for too long" 6 is a little generous don't you think?
    my roomate's ex-wife makes $83/hour on the laptop. She has been out of work for 8 months but last month her income was $16454 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this web site
    Forest is supposed to be fired. The article does a very poor job of quoting the tweets. If you look at the image, it makes a LOT more sense.