The high cost of tweeting you're looking for weed

After taking to Twitter on Tuesday to ask drug dealers to deliver some pot to his workplace, a Toronto-area user generated a buzz of a different kind that ended up with him losing his job. Here's a synopsis of yet another social media cautionary tale:


  1. Early Tuesday afternoon, a tweet from an account labelled "Sunith Baheerathan" (@Sunith_DB8R) said the following:

    "Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop? Come to Keele/Langstaff Mr. Lube, need a spliff."

    To interpret for the non-drug savvy, it was a plea for marijuana. The tweet appears to have been deleted.
  2. Such a public search for pot didn't go unnoticed. Local police saw it and responded:
  3. That response sparked plenty of interest from media, and some commentary from users:
  4. The buzz grew to the point it started registering as a top trend on Trendsmap, a measure of popularity on Twitter:
  5. The buzz didn't sit well with the original tweeter:
  6. Since the original tweet called for the requested pot to be dropped at at Toronto-area Mr. Lube, the company got involved and took action:
  7. Which led to the tweeter being fired:
  8. Round 2 of the story, post-firing, began with another slew of media contacting @Sunith_DB8R: