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It takes only an instant, and 140 characters, to embarrass yourself — or the TV station where you work — on Twitter.

Somebody at KTVX, the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, apparently learned that lesson a minute too late.

Around 10 a.m. today, somebody using KTVX's Twitter feed sent out a message: "I'm downtown eating. Surrounded by Mormons and repressed sexual energy."

The post was deleted not long after it went up, but not before enough people saw it (and got a screengrab of it, pictured above) to immortalize it.

Some people thought it was funny, a few were offended, and some speculated that some KTVX employee mixed up his/her personal Twitter account with the company feed.

UPDATE: The station posted an apology at about 12:45 p.m. on its feed: "A personal tweet went out that in no way is consistent with the station views. This issue has been addressed and we apologize for the tweet."

UPDATE, part 2: Matt Jaquint, KTVX's general manager, said today that "the employee has offered their [sic] resignation, and we have accepted it." He would not identify the employee, but said he or she was not an on-air personality.