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Email and social media blunders that could get you fired ... or worse

From Anthony Weiner-style pics to simply hitting the caps-lock key at the wrong time, these communication blunders could cost you big.

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How to screw up your life in a single keystroke

From the famous to the infamous to the utterly anonymous, sharing too much info digitally is a surefire way to mess up your life.

Examples? We've got 'em.

Sometimes it's important to vent about work, but it's rarely a good idea to do so on Facebook, as 13 Virgin Atlantic flight attendants learned in 2008. Chewing the fat on FB, the attendants complained of roach infested planes, questionable airline maintenance and referred to passengers as chavs (young, uncultured louts).

But their online klatch backfired in a big way ...

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Branson waves bye-bye

Before too long, the Virgin skies turned decidedly unfriendly. Honcho Richard Branson couldn't wait for Facebook's long-rumored Dislike button to be introduced and canned them all.

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The bigger they are, that harder they email

Who would've thought the head of Sony Pictures could be felled by puny little emails?

But after the Sony hack by the so-called "Guardians of Peace" posse spilled the studio honcho's emails (and lots more) she had serious explaining to do ...

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That's a wrap

That Angelina Jolie was called a "minimally talented spoiled brat" in one exchange was a bit awkward.

But when you have to apologize to the president of the United States for making racially insensitive remarks about him, you know you've got a big problem. The kind that gets you fired.

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Rhymes with "betray us"

Call it a tactical blunder, or general incompetence, but celebrated military leader David Petraeus was felled by an email scandal.

No, the married general didn't send scandalously kinky emails to Paula Broadwell, his lover and biographer … that we know of. Rather ...

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Too much access

... he allowed her access to his email account.

The former CIA head and Afghanistan overseer was ultimately found guilty of sharing classified info and given a $100,000 fine and two years probation. Game over, military career over, potential political career over and out.

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Yo no quiero

Picture this:

You're a Taco Bell employee and you post a photo online. The picture shows you, er, relieving yourself on a customer's food order. What could possibly go wrong?

Not a dang thing ... until the boss sees you, um, live streaming on Twitter and fires you.

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What the duck was he thinking?

Comedians live on the edge, and sometimes they go over the edge. Way over, in Gilbert Gottfried's case, when he tweeted several tasteless jokes about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Example: "Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them."

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No more quacking for cash

The tweets got him fired from the easiest, cushiest job in the world—scream-quacking as the Aflac duck in TV ads. In the end, Gottfried was philosophical about the controversy, saying, "I was born without a censor button. My mouth and now e-mail will continue to get me into trouble."

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Ferguson cops forward themselves out of a job

In the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a Justice Department investigation unearthed a trove of racist email forwards containing dehumanizing and offensive jokes.

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Canned heat

The result? Three email-busted officials from the Show Me State–police captain Rick Henke (shown here in the black vest), a sergeant and a court clerk–were all fired.

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I've got my photo badge right here!

First Rule of Fired Club: Get your résumé ready.

Well, a newly hired man from Aurora, Illinois decided to celebrate his employment with a photo shoot that was, shall we say, Anthony Weiner-inspired. Worse? He then emailed the shots ... to the HR person at his new company.

Not only was this schmuck's job rescinded, it also became a police-involved (photo) shooting. The clueless selfie-slinger got lucky, though; the charges for dropping trou were dropped.

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Iggy's digits

On a list of celebrities' woes, far higher than getting cold pizza is when the delivery punk shares their private information with randoms. And that's exactly what happened to Iggy Azalea ...

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Guess it's Dominos from now on

After she ordered a Papa John's pizza, the delivery man texted her number out to family and friends. Said family and friends began texting and calling Iggy.

Papa John's says it's taken "disciplinary action."

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No firm support for the troops

A U.S. Army sergeant trying to support the troops with more comfortable mattresses in 2007 found himself taking hostile email fire from a rude employee at bargain suppliers Discount-Mats.com.

After inquiring with the online retailer about shipments to APO (Army Post Office) addresses, an employee shot back, "We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq."

The offended military community quickly mobilized and crashed the Discount Mats website with their discontent. Needless to say, the offending employee was soon dishonorably discharged…from his job.

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Step away from the smart phone

The communications director for internet giant IAC (Match.com, Daily Beast, Vimeo, etc.) had a serious failure to communicate in 2013 when she tweeted to her 170 followers from Heathrow, "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!"

Unbeknownst to her, a hate-avalanche descended on her as plane flew the 11 hours to Cape Town where she was to vacation with her African relatives. She was fired almost before she touched down.

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Pushing the wrong buttons

In New Zealand, an accountant got fired from her job at a healthcare company for using boldface, caps and colored text in her emails.

For example, take this missive, which was highlighted in blue:

"To ensure your staff claim is processed and paid, please do follow the below checklist."

IT'S AN OUTRAGE! Not. And not surprisingly, she won the day when she took 'em to court.

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