AOL Employee gets fired...but why?

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    Aug 13, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/listen-to-aol-ceo-tim-armstrong-fire-a-patch-employee-in-front-of-1-000-coworkers-140600015.html

    I read the whole article, short as it is. The audio clip was also interesting. I don't think Abel deserved to get fired. I just think the boss felt insulted and was running on a short fuse. AOL is a dying breed anyways lol. But what do you all think about this particular case?
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    Aug 13, 2013 5:42 AM GMT
    The old AOL internet service provider is long dead. But the new AOL media company is alive and well. They own several popular blogs/sites, as well as a few advertising networks.

    As for this incident, I don't see what the big deal is. If one of your employees was acting belligerent towards you, wouldn't you kick his ass out? The employee took the wrong approach to expressing his dissatisfaction.
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    Aug 13, 2013 6:21 AM GMT
    It's one thing to say "abel put that camera down" and then fire him later, but doing it live in public is unprofessional. Even without that part, the preceding 2 minutes in the audio - with the "quit if you think this is a joke" BS - already had me decided that this CEO is a douchebag (even though I've never heard of him), and that this product will fail (even though I've never heard of Patch either) icon_lol.gif It just made me depressed for everyone who is working there.

    I'm working at a company that is struggling and laying off people too, except without the poisonous morale above; in fact everyone right up to the partners are cheery and joking about our embarrassingly low multiplier. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 13, 2013 6:27 AM GMT
    Patch doesn't make any money. It's a pseudo grassroots community blogging/news thing. I believe all the writers are volunteers or they get paid a few bucks per story. There are a few Patch affiliates around my area, and all they really do is regurgitate news from the local newspapers.