Worker suspended over ‘suckers’ slur

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A recruitment worker has been suspended from her job with a Hemel Hempstead firm after boasting on Twitter that she could get people’s benefits stopped.

Kelly-Jane Stone, who works as a senior resourcer for Transline Group, faced an angry backlash after her comments under the username @DietQueen.

She gleefully posted: “In my new job, if people from the JC [job centre] don’t turn up for an appointment with me, I stop their benefits for 13 weeks....suckers.”

She later said: “I get so much pleasure knowing what I can do if the [sic] mess me around. I’m going to be shot for it one day I bet!”

Transline Group is a human resources company that recruits staff for firms and it is understood that Ms Stone recruited workers for Hemel Hempstead company Amazon.

A spokesman for Transline Group said: “Kelly-Jane Stone has been suspended pending the findings of a full investigation.”

Ms Stone has since suspended her Twitter account and LinkedIn profile.

In response to her comments one Twitter user said: “The whole irony about Kelly Jane Stone threatening to stop people’s benefits is that she could be soon joining them.”

Another said: “A salient lesson in how your own misuse of the internet can destroy your life within a few seconds.”

Only the Department for Work and Pensions has the power to remove the benefits its administers.