The weird workplace

Hooters wigs out; U.S. still paying Civil War era LTD claims; How the cookie – and a job – crumbles; Mona Lisa doesn't smike at pickpockets; Sweet resignation
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2013

Sweet resignation

LONDON — As resignations go, this one literally takes the cake. Chris Holmes, 31, baked up a sweet way to resign from his position as an immigration officer at London’s Stansted Airport, penning his resignation letter in icing on a cake. “Having recently become a father, I now realize how precious life is and how important it is to spend my time doing something that makes me, and other people, happy. For that reason, I hereby give notice of my resignation, in order that I may devote my time and energy to my family, and my cake business.” What type of cake makes a good resignation letter? In this case, it was a spiced carrot cake with pecan, sultans and coconuts — and about 18 eggs, said Holmes, whose wife gave birth to their son five weeks before he quit.

Hooters wigs out

ST. PETERS, MO. — A Missouri woman has filed a lawsuit against a restaurant franchise after she says she was forced to quit when she shaved her head for brain surgery, according to the Huffington Post. Sandra Lupo had a craniotomy to remove a mass on her brain in July 2012. When she was ready to return to work one week later, Hooters allegedly demanded she wear a wig. Lupo wore it but found that it irritated the wounds from her surgery. In response, Hooters allegedly cut her hours. It has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

U.S. still paying civil war era ltd claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Talk about long-term disability. An analysis of disability payments and compensation to veterans’ families in the United States by the Associated Press (AP) found two people are still receiving benefits tied to the Civil War, which ended nearly 150 years ago. The two — children of Civil War veterans — are receiving $876 (all figures U.S.) each per year. The AP report highlights the long-term cost to the government from wars, pointing out that First World War veterans are receiving about $20 million; Second World War, $5 billion; Korean War, $2.8 billion; and Vietnam War, $22 billion. So far, benefits costs to veterans from the Persian Gulf conflict in the early 1990s and the recent deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan total about $12 billion annually. But costs could soar as about 45 per cent of recent veterans are filing claims — a much higher rate than in the past.

How the cookie – and a job – crumbles

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A food services worker at American University in Washington, D.C., has been fired for selling cookies on the job. Tracy Lewis was selling boxes of cookies, a fundraising effort for the Girl Scouts, on behalf of her 12-year-old daughter, according to a report from Lewis, who sold other food for her employer, added the cookies to her food cart. She said she never asked anyone to buy them but would sell them if someone asked. Her termination letter allegedly said she committed “gross misconduct by soliciting” and “operating a personal cash business selling Girl Scout cookies over the counter, which violates company policy.” The Girl Scouts have been selling cookies in the United States since 1917 and about 175 million boxes are sold annually. In Canada, the Girl Guides have been selling cookies since 1927 and about 5.5 million boxes are sold annually.

Mona Lisa doesn’t smile at pickpockets

PARIS — Parisian tourists caught no glimpses of the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory or Venus de Milo one day in April after guards walked off the job at the Louvre. The reason? They were protesting that pickpockets were running amuck at the world’s most visited museum and the problem was so severe, it was preventing them from doing their jobs properly. About 200 guards exercised their right to a work stoppage, forcing the museum to close for the day, according to the union.

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