The weird workplace

Arrested… for working? • Pizza Hut manager quits 'cold turkey' • This may not help • 'Luxury bishop' won't fly coach
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/16/2013

Arrested… for working?

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Here’s a sign the police in your community may be a little overzealous: They arrest people for doing their jobs. That’s what happened to a 28-year-old man in a crime-ridden suburb of Miami, according to the Miami Herald. Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by police 258 times in four years, and he’s been arrested 62 times for trespassing. Almost every arrest has come at one location: His workplace, a Quickstop convenience store. The owner of the store filed a complaint with police over the officers’ behaviour, but that made the problem even worse — so bad that he installed cameras, not to deter felons (the store has apparently never been robbed) but to protect staff and customers from the cops. The video shows a couple of surprising arrests for loitering: In the first instance, Sampson was interrupted by police and handcuffed while stocking coolers. In another, he is arrested while taking out the store’s garbage — one of his work duties. The store’s owner said he plans to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Miami Gardens Police. Most of the people arrested on his property tend to be poor and black, he said.

Pizza Hut manager quits ‘cold turkey’

ELKHART, Ind. — A manager at a Pizza Hut franchise was fired after he refused to open the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day, according to CNN. Tony Rohr refused to force staff to work on the holiday and was told to resign by the local franchisee. But instead of writing a resignation, he penned a missive to the pizza chain: “I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company... I hope you realize that it is the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible.” Thanksgiving and Christmas are two days people should be guaranteed to have off to spend time with their families, said the 10-year employee. Pizza Hut said the decision to ask Rohr to resign was “a serious error in judgment” on the franchise’s part and it said the store had agreed to hire him back. “We fully respect an employee’s right to not work on a holiday, which is why the vast majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving,” said the company. As of press time, Rohr was unsure of whether or not he would return.

This may not help

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Some residents in the state of Washington are pushing the government to keep up its fight to secure coveted work on the new Boeing 777 airliner and keep locals working. In an effort to encourage legislators, the residents took out a full-page ad in the Seattle Times. At the top of the ad, under the text “The Future of Washington,” is a picture of a jet. There’s just one problem — it’s not a Boeing, it’s an A320 from rival Airbus, according to Reuters.

‘Luxury bishop’ won’t fly coach

BERLIN — In an era of austerity, many employers have forbidden executives and business travellers from flying first class. But that trend apparently hasn’t hit everyone in the German Catholic church. A Roman Catholic prelate — known as the “luxury bishop” — faced accusations he lied under oath about taking a first-class flight to visit poverty projects in India. Charges against Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst were dropped after the court accepted a €20,000 ($28,830 Cdn) settlement, said Reuters. The bishop has also been under scrutiny over a €31-million ($45-million Cdn) renovation to his new residence.

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