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DTE employee fired after expletive-filled post on her Facebook page

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An employee of DTE Energy Co. was fired after she made a Facebook post on her page, about her job. Rachel Burnett says she was "joking" and letting off steam in the post, after hundreds of thousands of people lost power after the weekend's storm and were calling to complain.

DTE says the company has a zero-tolerance policy for the kind of behavior she showed in her post, so they terminated her employment.

The Facebook post read:

Got to work this morning and we currently have 275,000 customers without power! White people in Oakland county are b****** right now ... they got f***** up lol...And don't call me acting a g****** fool...I will hang up on yo a**!  ***THIS HAS BEEN YOUR DTE REPRESENTATIVE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT***


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VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear from Rachel Burnett in a report from Fox 2's Alexis Wiley

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