Weird workplace

‘Artists’ get too creative; To protect and supply; To protect and support; Cop’s termination upheld; Want free tuition? Be pro-israel online; ‘Oh, it’s Mr. Kim? You’re hired’
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/08/2013

‘Artists’ get too creative

DUBLIN, Ohio — Two employees at a Subway sandwich shop have been fired after photos posted to Gawker showed one with his genitals on a loaf of bread and the other holding what he said was a frozen bottle of urine, with the caption: “Today at work I froze my pee.” Subway released a statement calling it an “isolated incident (that) is not representative of Subway sandwich artists,” according to CNN. Perhaps that’s what you get when you call employees “artists” — they feel the need to express themselves, albeit in gross ways.

To protect and supply

VAUGHAN, Ont. — Using Twitter to put out a call for drug dealers, asking them to deliver weed to your workplace, isn’t the best idea. And it’s even worse if you do it shortly after you direct a tweet to local police. Last month, that’s what Sunith Baheerathan — a worker at a Mr. Lube location — did. “Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop? Come to Keele/Langstaff Mr. Lube, need a spliff,” he tweeted. York Regional Police, who clicked on his Twitter feed after he directed a message at them, read that tweet and responded, “Awesome! can we come too?” Police also directed that tweet to Jim Treliving’s attention. Treliving, famed for his appearances on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, owns Mr. Lube. Baheerathan later tweeted that he had received a “call of termination,” according to the Toronto Star, and Mr. Lube sent out a message on Twitter that “the matter has now been handled.”

To protect and support

DETROIT — Over the years, plenty of confidential employee information has been inadvertently leaked — social insurance numbers, salaries and credit scores to name a few. But the Detroit Police recently let slip an unusual bit of data — the bra cup sizes of female officers, according to the Detroit Free Press. Assistant Chief James White said it was a clerical error — a commander had sent out information about police officers who had received bulletproof vests, and one of the pages included the height, weight and bra size of some female officers. White called it an isolated incident but acknowledged it was “unfortunate and embarrassing.” A grievance was reportedly filed and White said a meeting with the police unions was planned and officials would apologize.

Cop’s termination upheld

EDMONTON — A police officer in Edmonton has been fired after urinating on a fellow officer. Const. Robert Furlong was turfed from the force after the incident, which happened on a training exercise in 2011. While drunk, Furlong went into a room and urinated on his colleague, who was in a sleeping bag, after he refused to wake up at 2:30 a.m. and join other officers for a drink. Furlong also pushed the officer, made loud disparaging comments about his work and wouldn’t let him leave the room. Furlong appealed his termination and initially was granted a reprieve with a two-year demotion in rank. But the Edmonton Police Service appealed and the termination was ultimately reinstated.

Want free tuition? Be pro-israel online

JERSUSALEM The Israeli government is planning on hiring university students to go online and post messages that paint the country in a good light, according to the Associated Press. Students could be offered scholarships under the plan if they combat anti-Semitism and encourage people not to boycott Israel. The students won’t be required to identify themselves as being part of the program, which is reportedly still under development.

‘Oh, it’s Mr. Kim? You’re hired’

SYDNEY — Back in the 1990s, an Australian management consultant who couldn’t land an interview made one tweak to his resumé that reportedly changed everything: He added a “Mr.” in front of his name, according to a web post on Kim O’Gandy was frustrated that he wasn’t getting calls for a new job when it dawned on him that his name, albeit gender-neutral, is often associated with women. “I made one change that day,” he said recently. “I put Mr. in front of my name on my CV. It looked a little too formal for my liking but I got an interview for the very next job I applied for. And the one after that.”

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