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Friday, August 31, 2018

Farting Security Guard Gets Fired

Paul Flart is a former hospital cop and current Instagram sensation. Doug, stage name "Paul Flart," made himself a star by recording himself passing gas while at work as a hospital security guard. But Doug apparently made the mistake of including some shots of the hospital in his videos, he got fired, and video recorded his termination. The supervisor managed to keep his cool based on the recording Doug made.


Doug says he has bigger fish to fry. He reportedly now plans to make a fortune on music videos and merchandise. His announced goal is “to be the first person to make a living off farting after getting fired from his job in a public manner.”

When Doug arrived to work Thursday morning, he was met by a supervisor who told him we need to talk. 'It's come to our attention that you've recorded yourself in our uniform on the property,' an unidentified hospital employee can be heard saying in video footage filmed by Doug as he arrives to work.  

Filming the encounter, Doug is told he has violated company policy which prohibits using phones on the job an unusually high amount of times (farting over 75 times and filming himself wearing his security guard uniform on private property). He is then asked to turn in his badge and uniform, and stop recording.  Doug calmly declines yet does not deny the accusations. He refuses to sign the report detailing his behavior and walks away.

Going by the pseudonym Paul Flart, a nod to the hit film Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Doug is planning his next steps in his viral farting career.   Merchandise, music videos and graphic designs are just a few plans he says are in the works. His Instagram account has amassed nearly 50,000 followers from across the globe who contact him to praise his footage and send messages of support.  He has a go-fund-me page as well.

In the flatulent footage, Doug faces the camera and farts on cue during quiet periods at work where the hospital lobby has really great acoustics.  A naturally good place to fart, according to Doug.  Doug has been running The Fart Authority Instagram page since March, featuring himself in dozens of videos farting while at work.

Common Sense Counsel: If you're a security company who is currently hiring, you may want to do a thorough social media check on your applicants before you make any decisions you'll regret.
However, you probably have nothing to worry about with regards to Doug based on his newly found fame. Like Doug, if you are an employee considering internet fame, don’t do it while at work, or in your work uniform. You are more than likely an employee at will and farting is not an ADA protected activity, at least not yet. If you are an employer, train your supervisors to keep their cool, like this one, and consider a no video or recording handbook rule.

Hopefully, you will have the good sense to not let young boys read this column or you will literally never hear (or smell) the end of it! Have an Awesome Labor Day!
Tommy Eden is a partner working out of the Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP office in Opelika, AL and can be contacted at teden@constangy.com or 334-246-2901. The article was inspired by a Constangy blog by his Partner Robin Shea.