Firefighter's Facebook post not a violation

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Murfreesboro city officials say a firefighter did not violate city policies when he berated a beggar on his personal Facebook page while off duty.

The Daily News Journal reported Gregory Burt, who has worked for the city since 1998, posted a photo on his Facebook page on Saturday of a woman who was begging for money in the city.

He said she claims to be homeless, but was living in a hotel and gets food stamps and health care. He later removed the post.

City Manager Rob Lyons said there was no violation of the city's social media policy and they try to strike a balance between employees' First Amendment rights while off duty.


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