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A motorist who tweeted that she had hit a cyclist on her way to work has been sacked, despite the rider involved not making a complaint.

On March 22, a Twitter user with the handle @_hxrleyquinn posted: "I just knocked a cyclist off his bike with my wing mirror I was driving like 10mph I didn't stop coz he got up?"

Twitter's cycling community reacted strongly, urging police forces to track down the tweeter and have a word.

The user subsequently changed her Twitter handle and deleted the tweet, but not before her name and employer had been identified from her own tweets, and complaints made to her employer.

Yesterday Surrey Roads Police tweeted:

However, as with some previous similar cases, no rider has come forward to complain.

Surrey Roads Police added:

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Ramuz [310 posts] 2 years ago
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Emma Way II

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farrell [1946 posts] 2 years ago
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EK Spinner [78 posts] 2 years ago
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"The lady admitted she had clipped the cyclist but says he didn't fall off as she had said in her tweet & the cyclist allegedly waved her off"

So has she been charged with something relating to not reporting an accident ? Was the "waving off" with a fist or a small number of digits?

It seems when you here these sort of things that her only "mistake" in the eyes of many has been to post on SM about the incident.

What I find worrying is that the rider possibly sees this as a minor incident that goes with the territory when riding a bike and that is a bad position for the country to get into

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pdw [64 posts] 2 years ago
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I note that the police "reminder to all" is not to "drive carefully because you might hurt someone" but just to not tweet about it when you do hit someone.

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Das [243 posts] 2 years ago
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An admission of guilt is no longer grounds for a prosecution/conviction?  39

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Timsen [77 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes as above ..."Posting such comments as she did on SM can have an impact on you or others"..... Are the Police warning people not to post & that this was her mistake rather than hitting the cyclist. I personally would not want to discourage such postings otherwise how would she have been identified so readily.

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ChrisB200SX [550 posts] 2 years ago
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"She has lost her job. Hopefully this acts as a reminder to all. Posting such comments as she did on SM can have an impact on you or others"

Have Surrey Police missed the point of the "impact" here? Is the moral of the story "keep quiet if you knock a cyclist off their bike"?

Should the focus not be on trying to not hit cyclists and then drive off?!

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Andrewbanshee [28 posts] 2 years ago
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Come on surrey police, about time you thought before speaking. At least wwe know what their priorities are..

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Andrewbanshee [28 posts] 2 years ago
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Come on surrey police, about time you thought before speaking. At least wwe know what their priorities are..

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Andrewbanshee [28 posts] 2 years ago
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Come on surrey police, about time you thought before speaking. At least wwe know what their priorities are..

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Andrewbanshee [28 posts] 2 years ago
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Come on surrey police, about time you thought before speaking. At least wwe know what their priorities are..

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Legin [136 posts] 2 years ago
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I can't see how someone posting a stupid tweet justifies them losing their job. I cannot see that the tweet indicates she was boasting or particularly proud of what happened; there are no salient facts; did the cyclist make a mistake or did she make a mistake? The cyclist has not complained.

I guess my point is that Orwell's 1984 arrived (around 1985 actually). There can be a fine line between justice and injustice; in this case, on the information provided, she seems to have been harshly treated.

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Colin Peyresourde [1820 posts] 2 years ago
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I don't think employers are keen to be associated with people that are KNOWN to break the law.

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alexb [162 posts] 2 years ago
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Legin wrote:

I can't see how someone posting a stupid tweet justifies them losing their job.

The organisation I work for is very clear about our use of Social Media, if we bring the organisation into disrepute, then we can expect to suffer as a result. The disciplinary process includes the option to terminate employment.

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Plasterer's Radio [320 posts] 2 years ago
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Stupid woman....Fuck her.

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enrique [2386 posts] 2 years ago
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It's not the ones you shag that you regret. It's the ones you don't shagquote]I love your tag line.