‘Shaming Canadians:’ A Fireable Offense

Getting fired from your job is rough, but it must be even worse when your boss publicly accuses you of bringing shame upon your entire country.

Mitchell Casado, a Toronto flight simulator instructor, got canned after showing up late and dressing a bit too casually while appearing on repeated CNN segments about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Claudio Teixeira, Casado’s boss at flight simulator company uFly, took umbrage to his employee’s plaid-shirt-and-jeans look, and told the Associated Press:

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"Even though I let him be on TV he shamed us Canadians and shamed my company with the way he was dressing like he was 15 years old," he said. "People were complaining that it wasn't professional at all ... If you go to any plane you don't see them in shorts and sandals."

Sure, if you were to hop in a real plane, the pilot wouldn’t be dressed like he’s chilling on the couch. But if you’ve been watching the network’s endless coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, then you might recognize Mitchell Casado as the casually-dressed guy in the fake cockpit with CNN correspondent Martin Savidge.

You know, this fake cockpit:

In fact, CNN was using that fake cockpit so long (Casado and Savidge reportedly spent 12- to 18-hour days in the simulator), some worried soul started #FreeMartinSavidge on Twitter. In a remarkable display of just how much CNN was getting out of the whole missing plane story, they reported on Twitter users’ comments on their reporting with this video about the hashtag:

Note the sympathy for Savidge, and lack thereof for Casado (though they do feature his shirt’s parody account).

Hey, if you were spending 18 hours a day in a flight simulator, you’d want to dress comfortably, too. Imagine you just wanted to avoid the discomfort of your pants riding up on you during those long sessions in the pilot chair, and then your boss went and told the media you shamed an entire nation.

Casado had this to say about his firing:

Take this as a lesson, folks: Bringing shame to your fellow countrymen will get you booted from your job in Canada.

(As of press time, Rob Ford was still the Mayor of Toronto).