Woman uses corporate Twitter account to protest layoffs

Poppy Rose, who had access to British entertainment retailer HMV's Twitter account, sent live tweets as she and 189 employees were laid off.

Word from the wise: if you’re going to lay someone off, make sure they don't still have access to the company’s Twitter account to rant about it.

This is what happened when HMV, a British entertainment retailer, laid off 190 employees Thursday, according to Forbes.

As they announced the news, Poppy Rose, one of the employees laid off who had access to the corporate Twitter account, started to tweet about the layoffs for the following 20 minutes, the source said.  

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"There are over 60 of us being fired at once!" she wrote. "Mass execution, of loyal employees who love the brand."

The last tweet she sent before the company took control of the account and deleted her tweets, the source reported, was, “Just overheard our marketing director (he’s staying, folks) ask ‘How do I shut down Twitter?’”

Using her own account @poppy_powers, Rose continued to criticize the company's decision. Those tweets are still are on her account.

"I hoped that today's actions would finally show them the true power and importance of Social Media, and I hope they're finally listening," she wrote.

Later, she wrote, "Now, I should probably go and hide for a while..."

HMV responded to the attention Rose’s tweets received by writing on their account, "One of our departing colleagues was understandably upset. We’re still here thou, thx for supporting hmv thro these challenging times."

As of Friday, however, Rose tweeted that she still had access to the HMV account and provided instructions to HMV on how to change the password.

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