Worker fired for posting 'Dilbert' comic

Dec. 22, 2007 at 10:47 AM
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DES MOINES , Iowa, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- An Iowa man was reportedly fired from Catfish Bend Casino after posting a "Dilbert" comic strip that likened corporate managers to drunken lemurs.

As news of David Steward's termination from the casino spread, "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams took to the Web to warn readers they should exercise caution when posting his comic strip at work, the Des Moines Register reported.

"If you intend to mock your boss with 'Dilbert' comics, the trick is in knowing which comics to pick," Adams wrote on his "Dilbert Blog." "Apparently there is a fine line between posting a comic that criticizes a particular policy decision, versus a comic that calls your boss an inebriated prosimian."

Steward's dismissal made headlines when the casino challenged his claim for unemployment benefits and management introduced the lemur strip at a public hearing as evidence of Steward's misconduct.

The judge awarded Steward benefits anyway.

"The perpetrator had to convince a judge that he was merely stupid, not intentionally misbehaving," Adams said in his blog. "He succeeded, but it's not the sort of victory he should feel good about, as in: 'Yay! The judge agrees I'm an idiot! It's going to be in the newspaper and all over the Internet!'"

Topics: Scott Adams
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