Taking the expression “some people just don’t think!” to a new level, Lindsey Stone thought she was being funny when she posted a picture of herself giving the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery “the finger” – the middle finger – while appearing to shout at the national memorial in October. After posting the pic to Facebook, somehow thinking her friends would enjoy the photo, she most definitely found out otherwise. As of Monday, the backlash has been severe for Stone.
After the tremendously negative reaction to the photo, she Facebook-messaged on October 20:
Whoa whoa whoa… wait. 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 sing. OBVIOUSLY we meant NO disrespect to people that serve or have served our country.
Yet, the detraction didn’t appear to have helped. On Monday, someone started a Facebook page called “Fire Lindsey Stone”, and the Facebook page has gone viral. The messaging page has already received over 5,000 likes.
The backlash of the offensive photo has achieved results. Stone, who is employed by LIFE – a non-profit organization that homes adults with learning disabilities in Cape Cod – has been put on unpaid leave from her job.
Quite disturbingly, Stone was on the trip via her employer in which 40 residents and 8 staff members went to Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to Stone, the fellow-employee who took the picture is also on unpaid leave pending the results of an internal investigation at LIFE.