Aimee Therese Marsh (pictured) was a selling agent at Ray White Aspley
A sacked real estate agent claims she was mocking cruel trolls and not renters when she lashed out against ‘nobodies’ on Facebook.
Aimee Therese Marsh, 30, was a selling agent at Ray White Aspley, near Griffin in Brisbane’s north, until Tuesday last week when she was fired for writing disparaging comments about tenants.
According to a series of screenshots, which have since been deleted, she said renters who make $50,000 a year are ‘envious’ of her, and suggested her tax bills cover their Centrelink payments.
Ms Marsh appeared to double-down on her comments when speaking with media on Thursday, saying she was ‘not sorry’ and suggested people who don’t own homes aren’t willing to make ‘sacrifices’.
However, the Griffin local told Daily Mail Australia on Monday that her comments were only targeted at trolls who relentlessly attacked her in a local Facebook group – they were not general comments about Australians who rent.
Ms Marsh also said she rented multiple properties before she decided to buy a home in March this year – adding that she used to have housemates, and worked three jobs to save enough to enter the market.
‘My friends and some family members rent, some of my clients become renters after they sell,’ she said.
‘I have had numerous of my current tenants in properties I have been selling reach out in positive ways to say I’m not that person these online people say I am.’
Ms Marsh (pictured) rented multiple properties before she decided to buy a home in March this year
Ms Marsh says she was referring to online trolls when she said ‘they’re tenants’ who earn $50,000 a year
Ms Marsh said the situation started about one-and-a-half years ago, when she wrote a post in the local group to say she sold a house $85,000 above the reserve at auction – something she often did because locals were interested.
‘It had nothing to do with me – there were two buyers who were battling it out between each other,’ she explained in an interview with local Brisbane radio station, B105, on Friday.
‘Unfortunately, that got people offside who feel like it’s my fault that they can’t get into the housing market because of the prices.
‘And then I started becoming the blame for fuel and groceries, and everything else, so the comments that were made were very targeted at me and very rude.’
Ms Marsh worked with Ray White for less than a year when the online attacks began in 2021 – she had never been trolled online before, so she fought back saying they were ‘nobodies’ with low incomes.
Her bosses found out about her responses and gave her social media training to help her deal with those situations in the future, but she said the training didn’t cover targeted online bullying.
She said the screenshots with her comments did not show the full context of the conversation – particularly the parts where she tried to support the trolls by providing information about lenders, and general advice for borrowing.
Ms Marsh said she couldn’t ‘wait to sell the houses they rent’ in another comment (pictured), when referring to people who mocked her in a Facebook group
Ms Marsh said she eventually got sick of it and decided to fight back – slamming her trolls as ‘jealous’ and saying ‘I can’t wait to sell their houses’.
In her radio interview last week, she acknowledged she should have walked away from the situation, but said she was not ashamed of her decision to fight back
‘Sometimes I wish I was big enough to walk away from that sort of stuff, but I mean, there’s a lot of history in my past that makes me who I am today and I’m not going to apologise for having a backbone,’ she said.
‘The ones who are targeting me are just bullies who sit at home with nothing better to do, and that is why I said, maybe if they worked as hard as they did spend their time on social media, they’ve probably be able to buy a home.’
Ms Marsh said she wasn’t sorry to the trolls who her comments were directed at, but said ‘I’m sorry to the nation who think it was a generalised comment because it wasn’t’.
On Tuesday, Ray White posted a statement to Facebook saying Ms Marsh’s employment had been ‘terminated immediately’.
A spokesperson for Ray White told Daily Mail Australia she was fired ‘within about an hour’ of when the agency’s social media team found her comments.
‘We respect and value each and every one within our community, and we have a big community of people who rent.
‘The views of Aimee Marsh do not align with the values of our business.
‘We show pride in our customer service, we have a big community of renters, and we don’t tolerate anything like this.’
Ms Marsh said her employer did not investigate the bullying before they fired her.