• Aug 17, 2009
The rules of text messaging seem to keep on sliding to the point where what was once unacceptable is now common practice - but there's got to be a line drawn somewhere. Take Sebastien Bourdais, for example, who claims that he was fired via SMS.

The French racer, who dominated the Champ Car series in its final four years, didn't have as much luck in Formula One and was recently canned by Toro Rosso after failing to perform over the last two years. Bourdais sued Toro Rosso for breach of contract and reportedly settled out of court for remaining salary plus $2 million in damages, but he's not done lashing out at the team for how they handled his termination. According to Bourdais, he received the official kiss-off by a simple text message. Call us old-fashioned if you like, but we think that being fired warrants a face-to-face, or at least a phone call.

[Source: F1-Live | Image: Peter Fox/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      How rude! Very unprofessional - kinda akin to GM emailing those dealerships that lost their franchises
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for you Sebastian . . .

      Screw these fuc$n companies that treats employees like dogs ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        HEY- kfj ...
        FINE, THEN TELL HIM FACE TO FACE / OR IN A PHONE CALL !
        YOU MISSING THE POINT ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        He wasnt doing the job they wanted him to do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They probably know what usually happens when you try to fire a french employee.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Hi Sebastian ur fired lol kthxbye'
        • 5 Years Ago
        HA HA HA H AH AH AHAH awesome post...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure it was a very professional text message.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Call us old-fashioned if you like, but we think that being fired warrants a face-to-face, or at least a phone call."

      It was a phone call, it was just a data call, not a voice call...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree that is pretty cold and very unprofessional.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes sense since he'd only been phoning in his drives...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, he knew it was coming. I am sure there was semi official talk that his ass was toast. The SMS just confirmed what he had heard before.
      • 5 Years Ago
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      dnt bthr cmng 2 wrk
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The rules of text messaging seem to keep on sliding to the point where what was once unacceptable is now common practice "
      ...
      "Call us old-fashioned if you like, but we think that being fired warrants a face-to-face, _or_at_least_a_phone_call."

      There was a time when a phone call was unacceptable for a firing. Too bad it became commonplace, only to be replaced by email, and now texting. Ahhhh, the erosion of etiquette.

      My point being that just as you see a phone call as acceptable now, future gens will see texting, twittering, and gosh-knows-what-else-comes-next in the same light.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a disrespect, this is no way to treat a professional, not in F1 or any other job.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even a firing a kid from McDonalds via text would be disgusting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You could also add COWARDLY act to the list.
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