A BLOKE who was fired after calling his Tinder date a ‘fat ugly pig’ when she turned him down has apologised for his actions and says he was just ‘acting out’.
Thomas McGuirk, from Australia, was outed on social media after leaving Ebonie Sanderson, 26, vile messages when she refused to sleep with him.
The 28-year-old, who was swiftly fired from his job, has broken his silence to apologise for his actions saying he’s “extremely embarrassed”, and confirmed he’s seeking professional help.
Tom told News.com.au: “I didn’t mean the things I said, I was acting out in an impulsive way because I was hurt and I do recognise it.
“It was absolutely inappropriate behaviour and I’m really disappointed in myself.”
He defended himself saying he’s a “good, decent person” and he made a “huge mistake”, adding he recognised his actions were “wrong”, admitting he “struggles with rejection”.
But he said the global outrage to his “inappropriate” behaviour was the “wake up call” he needed, adding he’s “sincerely sorry” for what he said but he “didn’t mean” it.
Tom added: “I was angry and upset. There’s no excuse for it, I have been brought up with good values and I am so distraught that I let my ego get the better of me.”
Tom confirmed he’s quit all social media and hopes to firm “healthy, meaningful relationships” in the future.
Ebonie matched with Tom on the dating app Tinder, and claims he pressured her into meeting that same day, which she ‘politely’ declined.
The student says she was then inundated with horrifying texts and voice notes from Tom, where he branded her a ‘w****’ and a ‘pig’.
In the recording he says: “You’re actually a fat f***ing pig. You know that? Thanks. You’re f***ing ugly.
“Your a** looks OKAY and you would have been one f**k. You would have been just one f**k because you’re a disgusting fat pig.”
After receiving the torrent of abuse Ebonie exposed him on Instagram, where her post went viral.
In her original post, she said: “This is what happens when you say NO or call out a man for being disrespectful!!!
“You apparently earn yourself the right to get verbally abused and fat shamed on more than one platform.
“No I didn’t “ask for it” and yes, I’m entitled to change my mind and tell someone I’m not interested anymore because I feel uncomfortable and intimidated by ones aggressive and forceful nature.
“The worst part about this attack, is the fact that I felt the need to be nice when turning him down, telling him he’s good looking and will find someone else for the night and then apologising for feeling uncomfortable!!!! THAT IS A BIG PROBLEM.”
After her post blew up Tom’s employer, Invenco Pty Ltd, got wind of the messages and promptly fired him.
A statement for their CEO, Dave Scott,on Facebook said: “I was shocked and disgusted to hear the disrespect and entitlement towards women appear in the recordings and messages attached to the Instagram post,”
“As soon as I heard the recordings and saw the images, I instantly determined this as an act of serious misconduct.
“The awareness of this act rendered Thomas McGuirk as unsuitable for continuing employment with Invenco, and I terminated his employment effective immediately at 8.53am on Saturday morning.”
Tinder also confirmed Tom’s profile had been removed from the dating app, saying: “We take the safety and security of our members very seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for online harassment.
“The profile in question was removed from Tinder after being reported.”
Ebonie has since received a wave of support from other women, adding her ‘DMs are a safe space’ for them.
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