UPDATE: Mass. Women Fired for Flipping Off the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


TheBlaze’s Erica Ritz on Tuesday asked whether Lindsey Stone and her friend should be fired for flipping off the the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Stone’s employer, Living Independently Forever (LIFE), answered her question: Yes.


“We wish to announce that the two employees recently involved in the Arlington Cemetery incident are no longer employees of LIFE. Again, we deeply regret any disrespect to members of the military and their families,” the group said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

LIFE plans to delete all comments on its Facebook wall pertaining to the unfortunate incident, Fox News reports.

“We appreciate your concern and understanding as we focus on the care of our community,” the organization said.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this story, here’s a quick refresher from Miss Ritz:

Lindsey Stone is seen either yelling or pretending to yell, while giving the middle finger near a sign that asks for “silence and respect.” Her co-worker reportedly took the photo.

According to CBS Boston the image sparked thousands of comments, and while Stone has since deleted the photo and her relevant tweets, she wrote this in response to the initial fury:

(Photo: Facebook via Gawker)

Unsurprisingly, that post did little to calm emotions.

Within the past 24 hours there appears to have been a huge resurgence in interest in Stone’s photo, and a Facebook page called “Fire Lindsey Stone” has gotten more than 5,000 “likes.”

Hundreds of angry commenters have also posted on LIFE’s Facebook page, asking why they are continuing to employ such disrespectful individuals.


One woman commented on LIFE’s page that she doubts Stone and her friend truly “meant no disrespect” in flipping off the Tomb of the Unknowns.  Since they appear to have no courtesy for the grief of those who have lost a loved one in the armed forces, she continued, perhaps they need to be taught a far less painful lesson, but a lesson nonetheless.

“I respectfully request you allow them to experience the grief of sudden unemployment,” she wrote, before complimenting the photos of the facility.

It looks like that one commenter got her wish.

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