Subway sandwich makers fired for inappropriate photos. Two Subway employees have been fired after getting fresh — not in the way the restaurant chain intended — including one who put his genitals on a loaf of bread, took a picture, then shared the image online.
The incident came to light over the past few days at a Subway franchise abutting a gas station in Dublin, Ohio.
Specifically, the uproar centers around two images that were posted to a social networking site and eventually picked up by other sites, including Gawker.
One shows a male putting his genitals on what appears to be a loaf of Subway bread. In the other, a hand is shown holding what used to be a water bottle that’s half-filled with a cream-colored substance. Under it is the caption: “Today at work I froze my pee.”
“Though people have been warned many times about what you’re not supposed to do, etiquette on the Internet, a lot of people think it doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t really count. They often think they are invincible,” said psychologist Susan Lipkins. “It’s like driving fast or doing drugs. There’s a huge amount of denial. They think they are invincible, it’s a Superman complex. They think its’ not going to happen to them.”
“Kids get away with so much on the Internet, when they finally get caught it’s a surprise. It’s sort of like a thief, they start small,” she said.
The situation isn’t that much unlike powerful politicians who have been busted for sexting or frequenting prostitutes, Lipkins said. “What I think happen to people like him (former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner) and people who are in power, they no longer see the line, their power has allowed them to do it. They are either unquestioned or able to step over the line,” she said.
But as for the fast-food workers?
“I don’t think the kids feel powerful in the same way. I think they feel anonymous. I think they don’t think they will get caught,” she said.
Other factors come into play.
“Teenagers are much more prone to stupid behavior, not thinking before they act,” said psychologist Neil Bernstein. “They don’t ask: ‘What’s going to happen if I do this?’”
“I think this is a culture of sensational outrageousness. And online is the perfect venue for expressing that,” said Bernstein, who is also the author of “How to keep your teenager out of trouble and what to do if you can’t,”
“Just how far are we gonna go? It’s extreme,” he said.