In response to the wide publicity, a director from the company who sacked the shop assistant - Blue Banana - defended the text sacking by saying: " We are a youth business and our staff are all part of the youth culture."
In this week's People Management we get to hear what the HR folks at the CIPD have to say about the matter.
In Let's talk about text James Brockett looks at the subject of text sackings by asking the following question - "Will this impersonal method of communication soon become an acceptable way of doing business?"
The article looks at the matter from a numbers of angles, yet the conclusions seem to suggest that it will take a test case to determine if it is reasonable to sack someone via text message.
The general advice is not to sack employees in this fashion as it is likely to be seen as unlawful, in terms of fairness and showing respect.
The matter has also created a bit of a stir on one of the CIPD's discussion boards - the discussion thread can be found here.