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Woman says Carmike fired her for anti-military comments

By Corene Brisendine

It might all be a misunderstanding.

Manhattan resident Megan May said Thursday she posted a Facebook rant earlier in the week out of anger — as a way to vent about life’s frustrating events.

She was seeking consolation in the arms of virtual friends. Instead of being consoled, but May’s life was turned upside down.

May posted that she did not consider military personnel heroic and did not think they deserve special treatment.

The comment sparked some anger, followed by some serious consequences. May was fired from her job.

Within 12 hours of the posting, her anti-military sentiments had gone viral.

May said that when she went to work at Carmike Seth Child Cinema the next day, she was met in the lobby by her manager and some police officers.

The manager demanded she go into the office, but May refused, claiming to fear for her personal safety. The manager fired May on the spot and banned her from the premises.

The Associated Press reported that Carmike officials posted comments on May’s Facebook page stating the business “fully supports” the military.

May said she never mentioned her job in the post and doesn’t think it was right for them to fire her over what she said on Facebook.

May started receiving death threats on Facebook soon after the post went viral.

People are calling her husband’s place of employment in an attempt to get him fired, May said.

May now has decided to try moving on with her life.

“I feel like I just did it to myself and will suffer the consequences,” May said. “But I’m not taking it real seriously.”

May said she had not considered suing Carmike over her firing, and was more interested in making sure she could file for unemployment.

Carmike could not be reached for comment. Repeated calls to the cinema went unanswered.

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