Do it now. Then deport her.
And for those of you who don't know who Lindsey Stone is, she's the manager at a Hyannis, Massachusetts adult foster care home called LIFE, which stands for Living Independently Forever, and is a community for adults with disabilities.
In October, Lindsey was one of the workers who took a group of developmentally-disabled adults from that center down to Washington, DC. While in our nation's capitol, the group toured Arlington National Cemetery. Lindsey, being the reverent, respectful, mature person that she is, stood next to a sign requesting silence and respect and pretended to shout loudly while flashing the bird as her own supervisor, Jamie Schuh, snapped pictures. The two then proudly posted the picture to their Facebook pages.
Well the outrage erupted when the picture went viral,and Lindsey herself got on her own Facebook page and downplayed it.
"Whoa whoa whoa... wait," she wrote on Oct. 20, according to Gawker. "This is just us, being the douchebags that we are, challenging authority in general. Much like the pic posted the night before, of me smoking right next to a no smoking sign."
She also posted comments on her employer's Facebook page when they started catching flack for it. "What's the big deal?" she allegedly posted, followed by "Haters gonna hate."
So she really wasn't very sorry about it, at least not until a new Facebook page came out called Fire Lindsey Stone. This page, set up by a user who claimes to be a retired vet, is calling on LIFE to give Stone and Schuh the boot, and it's already got over 6,000 likes.
Why target the employer, you ask? Simple. She did this while she was on the clock, working as an official representative of that company. And she wasn't just a minimum-wage staffer; she was one of the managers. (And Schuh was her supervisor, so she needs to go, too.)
While I'm all about the First Amendment, I also believe that it was designed to protect political speech from government retribution, not to keep assholes from being held accountable when they behave boorishly. I also don't think that this is the sort of person who can be trusted around vulnerable adults as we never know what else she might find "funny". Maybe next week she'll be switching their meds around or videotaping them in the showers.
So add me to the list of people who think that both Lindsey Stone and her cohort in disrespect, Jamie Schuh, need to be shown the door by LIFE and barred from working around children or vulnerable adults, at least until they can demonstrate that they are capable of showing basic respect and maturity.
Oh, and per the Boston Herald, Lindsey Stone is a 30-year-old single woman who still lives with her parents. What a frickin' surprise, eh?