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Manhattan woman loses job over Facebook post

Published on -9/26/2013, 1:19 PM

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- A Manhattan woman said she was fired and has received death threats after posting comments on Facebook that criticized the military.

Meagan May commented on the social media site in September that she did not consider the military heroic and said military personnel should stop "demanding a military discount everywhere you go."

"Saying no to violence and solving problems peacefully is heroic," she wrote. "So no, I will not thank those who choose on their own free will to go kill themselves in battle. Get a real life and a real job."

May told WIBW-AM (http://bit.ly/15wWl2G ) that she was fired by Carmike Cinemas in Manhattan after posting the comment. She said she had been promoted to manager a week before she was fired.

Carmike officials posted on May's site that the comments did not reflect the company's beliefs.

"In response to the recent anti-military remarks by a former employee of our organization, we would like to emphatically state that those comments in no way represent the thoughts or sentiments of Carmike Cinema Inc. We hold the utmost respect and admiration for our military and the service they provide in protecting our great freedoms," the company's statement said.

May said she will not back down from her comment.

"I'm gonna let people know that I can post what I want on my Facebook. That's the entire point of Facebook, and if they don't like it, they don't have to look at it. I'm not hurting anybody and I guess what I said may have been rude and that wasn't my intention but I'm not doing anything wrong by posting on my Facebook," she said.

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