INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 8, 2015) – A woman who sparked a social media firestorm with a Facebook post about her “ruined” New Year’s Eve celebration at an Indianapolis bar is no longer with the salon where she once worked.
A spokesperson for Serenity Salon said Holly Jones, who once rented booth space at the salon, is no longer with the business.
She gained notoriety this week with a Facebook post that was widely circulated and gained national attention. In that post, Jones wrote that her New Year’s Eve celebration at Kilroy’s in downtown Indianapolis was ruined by the medical response for a “junkie” who’d overdosed.
Chris Burton, a manager for the bar, responded to the post and defended his staff, letting the disgruntled customer know that the “junkie” was in fact a woman who’d suffered a heart attack.
Once Jones’ post went viral, the reaction was swift and overwhelming, with many people criticizing her for writing it. Serenity Salon received a number of negative reviews and posts on its Facebook page once it was discovered that Jones was associated with the business.
The salon eventually issued a statement saying Jones’ views did not represent the business in any way, adding that “this does not align with our code of conduct or the expectations we have for our staff, booth renters or any members of our team.”
The salon made a $500 donation to the woman who suffered the heart attack. So far, the GoFundMe page set up by the woman’s daughter to pay for medical bill has collected more than $14,500 in just 4 days.
Jones subsequently deactivated her Facebook page due to the flood of criticism. Kilroy’s posted a message later asking supporters to stop targeting people with the same name.
Holly Jones-Benson says soon after the story went viral, she got many friend requests from strangers and even a nasty direct message from someone saying Jones was heartless.
Another woman named Holly Jones even posted a picture on Facebook telling everyone she not the same Holly Jones from the Kilroy’s incident.
Social media experts say you should always use good judgment when posting anything online.
“If you cannot say it in front of your mom, on a billboard or in front of a judge do not say it. It doesn’t matter if you are right or if you are wrong just follow those three rules and it changes the way you interact on social media, ” said Duncan Alney the CEO of Firebelly Marketing in Indianapolis.