Billions of years ago somebody somewhere sent me an invitation to use LinkedIn. And for some strange reason I signed up. Though I rarely use the site.
This morning I got a contact request from Shekhar Lohani. Apparently this person works for R.L. Charpentier Photography. Hmmmph! The request was made as a co-worker. Really, how weird is that?
After receiving the request I went and checked out my company’s profile on LinkedIn. What I found was very odd. Apparently I’ve got several people working for me. Follow the link for yourself and you’ll see that Shekhar Lohani, Ibraheem Karim, Lilia Toutou (I like that last name), and Chris Dippon claim to work for / or consult for R.L. Charpentier Photography, LLC.
Here’s my thinking. If these people did actually work for me they’re all a bunch of slackers! I mean, here I am getting in at 7:30 every day to keep up with the printing, the book keeping, returning customer calls, etc, and not one of these losers even has a decaf with soy cream and sugar waiting for me. Quite frankly, my bogus employees suck at their jobs. If they actually worked here I’d fire the lot!
Well, maybe not Lilia Toutou just because I like her last name. I might give her a second chance…..oh wait, she lives in France…….
Let the bogus firings commence!
So, this morning I sent an e-mail to LinkedIn to let them know there’s monkey business afoot. I read their policy on removing fake employees, made a screen capture of my Company Page, and now I’ll wait.
The question is, should I really care? I mean, a few folks decided to pretend they work somewhere, right? Is there any harm in this? I’d love some feedback on this one.
Oh, and I am wishing for an Intern here now. Gotten that busy. So, if any of the fake employees out there actually want to do some work for me, for free of course, drop a line! 🙂