The weird workplace

A receipt should be enough; Anchor's first day his last; Airline bans lipstick on flight attendants; Not everyone loves a man in uniform; Star Wars could save Navajo language
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/17/2013

Airline bans lipstick on flight attendants

INSTANBUL — Turkey’s national airline has barred female flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, according to Reuters. The move has struck a nerve among secular Turks who are worried the country is becoming more Islamic. Turkish Airlines, Europe’s fourth largest airline, said the ban was aimed at keeping crews “artless and well-groomed with makeup in pastel tones” and a natural look would improve communication with passengers.

A receipt should be enough
VANCOUVER — Lululemon, under fire since some of its pricey black yoga pants turned out to be a little too revealing, said it does not “require guests to demonstrate the sheerness of their bottoms.” The denial was sparked by a New York Post article recounting the tale of a Toronto woman who was asked by sales staff to prove the pants she was returning were see-through. “The sales associate then perused my butt in the dim lighting of the change room and deemed them ‘not sheer,’” said Christina Phillips. Lululemon’s problems don’t end there — it is also facing a lawsuit from a pension fund in Florida. Pulling the problematic yoga pants from stores could cost the company up to $40 million, according to Reuters. The Hallandale Beach Police Officers and Firefighters’ Personnel Retirement fund, which holds shares, is upset the compensation committee approved changes to executive bonuses on the eve of the recall. It sent a request for information to the board to determine if directors and officers were potentially guilty of corporate waste and mismanagement for the larger potential bonuses.

Anchor’s first day is his last

BISMARCK, N.D. — Legendary CBS news anchor Walter Kronkite used to end his broadcasts by saying, “And that’s the way it is.” Edward R. Murrow went with “Good night and good luck.” Fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy baritoned, “You stay classy, San Diego.” But A.J. Clemente, a rookie news anchor at NBC affiliate KFYR, didn’t get a chance to develop a catchy signoff. Instead, he started his very first newscast as anchor by dropping two curse words — “F-ing sh-t.” Clemente was going over his script and expressing frustration at not being able to pronounce the name of Tsegaye Kebede, winner of the London marathon, and didn’t know his microphone was live. He was fired but kept a sense of humour about it, tweeting: “Rookie mistake… can’t help but laugh at myself and stay positive. Wish I didn’t trip over my ‘freaking shoes’ out of the gate.” And he just may get the last laugh — his gaffe has earned him spots on numerous shows, including Late Night with David Letterman and Live with Kelly and Michael.

Not everyone loves a man in uniform

SAN FRANCISCO — Who doesn’t love a man or woman in uniform? Turns out the demanding work schedules of police officers, firefighters, soldiers, doctors, nurses and pilots can make it difficult for them to find love — or at least a partner who is willing to put up with a career that often requires long shifts outside the usual 9 to 5. With that in mind, a dating website — — has been set up in an effort to match uniformed professionals together, and also as a resource for “those who are not in uniform but want to date those who are.” The singles who log in to the site “are interested in the men and women behind the uniform, but they also share similar work patterns, responsibilities and challenges,” says the site.

Star Wars could save Navajo language

WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. — May the force, and diversity, be with you. The largest Native American tribe in the United States is looking to dub the 1977 film Star Wars in Navajo as a way to help preserve its traditional language. “We thought this would be a provocative and effective way to try to help to preserve the language and, at the same time, preserve the culture,” said Manuelito Wheeler, director of the Navajo Nation Museum. About 75 people have signed up to audition for the voice parts.

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