Benefit stop tweeter leaves Transline after investigation

Industrial and driving recruitment agency Transline Group has parted ways with Kelly-Jane Stone, a Hemel Hempstead-based employee who was suspended after boasting in tweets about enjoying her apparent ability to “stop” jobseeker’s benefits.

Mon, 9 Sep 2013
Industrial and driving recruitment agency Transline Group has parted ways with Kelly-Jane Stone, a Hemel Hempstead-based employee who was suspended after boasting in tweets about enjoying her apparent ability to “stop” jobseeker’s benefits.

Transline says in a statement: “We were unable to conclude the investigation as Kelly-Jane Stone did not return to work and as such she is no longer in the employ of Transline Group." A spokesperson tells recruiter.co.uk this came into effect on Friday (6 September).

Stone’s tweets came to press attention in mid-August, with the company subsequently suspending her.

She tweeted: “In my new job, if people from the JC [job centre] don’t turn up for an appointment with me, I stop their benefits for 13 weeks.... suckers” and “I get so much pleasure knowing what I can do if the [sic] mess me round. I’m going to be shot for it one day I bet!”

Twitter and the comments section on various news sources carrying the original story, including the website of the Daily Mirror, saw a large amount of vitriol and insults directed at Stone, as well as threats of violence to her and her family. Some appeared to mistakenly believe that Stone and/or Transline worked for the government or delivered benefits.

Others expressed sympathy both for her views and the way she has been treated by Transline and by other social media users.

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