Intern loses job after posting offensive tweet

Over the weekend, Twitter user @Eri82185 posted a picture of herself and another woman picking cotton with the caption: "Our inner ****** came out today."
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A racist Tweet got a valley woman fired from her job, the post quickly went viral, and it didn't take long for her employer to find out about it. 
 
That Tweet gained a lot of traction over the weekend, sparking outrage from people all across the country. The 20-year-old student who wrote the Tweet learned some tough life lessons, losing her job and having to answer difficult questions.
 
"I deleted it, but it was much too late," said Erika Escalante.
 
Erika is learning firsthand the power of social media. Over the weekend the 20-year-old Spanish linguistics major Tweeted a photo showing her and a friend in a cotton field with the caption "Our inner (N-Word) came out today."
 
Escalante says it was meant to be a joke, but thousands of people who saw her post did not think it was funny, sparking a major backlash.
 
"I apologize fully, I take full responsibility for what I have done, It's just not ok," said Escalante.
 
She deleted the post, but a screen shot began circulating all over social media. That's when she contacted her work, Isagenix where she was a paid intern to tell them what happened.
 
"We were shocked when we saw, it's not what you would expect," said Kevin Snyder.
 
Snyder works at Isagenix, a company that makes health and wellness products.
 
"When I looked at it, I immediately knew we had to make a swift action. It was unanimous, it is a complete conflict of who we are, and what we stand for as a company, so within roughly two hours we ended our employment with her," said Snyder.
 
Many think at 20-years-old she should have known better than to post something like that on social media. "Well ya, people have been telling me that, and I do know better, my parents tell me you need to watch what you post, everybody tells me you need to watch what you post, and it was just a lack of my better judgment. I was not thinking at all," said Escalante.
 
"I want to apologize to whoever I offended, I am sorry if you took this to heart, I am so sorry, I didn't mean it at all, it was a mistake, that's all I can say," said Escalante.
 
She says she has deleted all social media accounts but says someone has created a different Twitter account using her picture and a similar Twitter handle, and is sending racially charged Tweets.

 


Isagenix markets dietary supplements and personal care products.  The company is based in Chandler, Arizona.

On Facebook, many applauded Isagenix for their quick response.

The @Eri82185 account was later disabled and a new @Eri82185_ account was created. On that account, which Erika told FOX 10 she does not own, this message was tweeted:
 

 


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