One large pizza, hold the racism
SANFORD, Fla. — Pizza chain Papa John’s was forced to apologize to a customer after racist comments by an employee were left on his voice mail. A delivery driver accidentally dialed the customer after delivering the pizza, and can be overheard talking to a co-worker: “I guess that’s the only requirement for being a (n-word) in Sanford,” he said. “Yeah. They gave me five bucks there — fine outstanding African-American gentleman of the community.” The customer turned the voice mail into a YouTube video, which had more than 160,000 views as of press time. John Schnatter, CEO of Papa John’s, issued an apology for “the reprehensible language” used by the two former employees. “Their thinking and actions defy both my personal and the company’s values, and everything for which this company stands,” he said.
A cheesy application
IRVINE, Calif. — HR professionals have seen more than their fair share of bizarre job applications. But one candidate in search of a job at Taco Bell had this to say on his application, when asked how he found out about the fast-food chain: “I was lost one night and in the distance I spotted a purple bell and I thought to myself… think outside the bun. So I ran to your doors and asked for the cheesiest Gordita crunch you could make. I was not disappointed.” A picture of the application was posted on Reddit. On the application, the worker said he was looking for part-time work. In response to the question of “desired salary” he wrote “minimum wage.” No word if he got the job but a Taco Bell spokesperson said the chain was “flattered” that his passion for its food inspired him to apply.
And where have the hotdogs been?
HOUSTON — Memo to employees: Everyone has a camera. That message seems to consistently be lost. Recently, an employee at Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros baseball team, was fired after a fan filmed him taking a tray of snow cones into the bathroom and putting it on the floor of the stall while relieving himself, according to the Associated Press.
But what will the slogan be?
OLYMPIA, Wash. — When executives resign, employers often try to keep them by countering or offering an attractive position. But it would have been hard for Microsoft to keep Jamen Shively around by offering similar work to his new gig. Formerly a corporate strategy manager at the software giant, he is planning to create the first national marijuana brand in the United States. He is kicking off his business by acquiring medical cannabis dispensaries in three states. Shively said he envisions his enterprise becoming a leader in both recreational and medical cannabis — much like Starbucks did with coffee.