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A Stockbroker Got Fired After Tweeting That He'd Hit A Cyclist In His Car

He claimed it was a joke, but Avon and Somerset police are now investigating the tweet.

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After stockbroker Rayhan Qadir tweeted this...

...it's fair to say significant parties took quite an interest.

Not a good day for @RayQ18 - hope he was only joking about running a cyclist over or he's in bother!

Joff@JoffeyFollow

Not a good day for @RayQ18 - hope he was only joking about running a cyclist over or he's in bother!

12:42 PM - 06 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

He then claimed it was all a "bad joke". But now his employer, Hargreaves Lansdowne, has told The Telegraph:

One of our employees has failed to conduct themselves to the standards we expect of our staff. We find these online comments totally unacceptable. Upon becoming aware of this issue we have terminated this person's employment with immediate effect.

And Avon and Somerset police have confirmed to the paper that they're investigating the tweet.

Twitter is divided on whether this was a reasonable course of action.

very sad that @RayQ18 was sacked for making a crap joke on twitter. no one was hurt. shame on @HLInvest for such a knee-jerk reaction.

DarrenW@dwoodyattFollow

very sad that @RayQ18 was sacked for making a crap joke on twitter. no one was hurt. shame on @HLInvest for such a knee-jerk reaction.

6:50 PM - 06 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

This is sad: @rayq18 sacked for making a joke on twitter. http://t.co/zhdaEuODgb It's like Minority Report.

Chris Houston@chris_m_hFollow

This is sad: @rayq18 sacked for making a joke on twitter. http://t.co/zhdaEuODgb It's like Minority Report.

5:55 PM - 06 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

As a cyclist and customer of @HLInvest I applaud the action they took regarding @RayQ18 today!

The World of Harv@worldharvFollow

As a cyclist and customer of @HLInvest I applaud the action they took regarding @RayQ18 today!

9:28 PM - 06 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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