FarmVille gets Bulgarian councillor sacked

News Vicky Woollaston Mar 24, 2010

A member of Plovdiv council has been sacked for milking virtual cows in Facebook game FarmVille while in a meeting.

Dimitar Kerin, a member of the Plovdiv Municipal Committee has been stripped of his position because of his addiction to the Facebook application FarmVille, according to Bulgarian news agency Novinite.

A proposal was made to remove Kerin from his position and the motion was passed with 20 votes in favour and 19 against.

Several councillors in the Bulgarian office were caught playing the game during budget debates and council meetings. Chair of the Council Ilko Iliev made the discovery and reprimanded those involved.

However, they continued to tend their virtual farms on new powerful laptops that had been bought by the Plovdiv Municipality for all its 51 councillors.

A teenager in Manchester was also sacked from her job in a cafe this week, via a message on Facebook.

Chelsea Taylor was fired for losing a 10 note from the till, but didn't find out until she saw the message on the social-networking site.

The message from her boss read: "I had to tell the owner bout u losin that tenner coz obviously the till was down at the end of day. She wasn't very pleased at all and despite me trying to persuade her otherwise she said I have to let u go. I'm really sorry.

"If u call in in the week with your uniform i'll sort your wages out. Once again I'm really sorry but it's out of my hands. Elaine xx."