Worker sliced for threatening to ‘pie’ CEO (Legal view)

BC Ferries worker put up poster, offered reward and later claimed impairment
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2009

Putting up a poster and offering a reward for assaulting a company’s chief executive officer is a pretty good way to put an end to an employment relationship. That’s the lesson a British Columbia man learned after he did just that, and was fired, a move the B.C. Arbitration Board said was justified.

Art Farquharson worked at BC Ferries’ reservation centre in Victoria. He had been on the job for about 10 years when, on June 28, 2006, he posted a notice on a union bulletin board in the office with the headline “Pie the Guy!”

The “guy” in question was BC Ferries president and CEO David Hahn. Under the headline was typed text that offered a prize to the first person who hit Hahn in the face with a pie.