Knowing when to draw the line

Beer can-tossing incident another warning for employers to take protective measures
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/28/2016

A beer can incident at a baseball game in Toronto, and subsequent loss of employment for Ken Pagan, serves as a stark warning to corporations seeking to defend their brand, say experts.

The now-infamous moment came during the American League wild-card game that saw the Toronto Blue Jays at home versus the Baltimore Orioles. With Orioles player Hyun Soo Kim set to catch a fly ball, a partially filled beer can came flying over the left-field wall and landed just to the outfielder’s left.

While Kim made the catch, the incident set off a social media firestorm in the city and eventually cost the alleged thrower, Pagan, his sports copy editor job at Postmedia, though details surrounding his dismissal were not publicized. Pagan was charged with mischief and due in court in late November.