The Weird Workplace

Waitress serves up mistruth; A very, very long commute; When flying, the most annoying traveller is…; Ground-shaking event; 12 days of Christmas expensive gift
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/13/2014

When flying, the most annoying traveller is…

NEW YORK — Anyone who has flown, for business or pleasure, knows there are plenty of annoyances on an airplane. But the award for the most annoying type of fellow air traveller goes to the “inattentive parent,” which beat out the rear-seat kicker, aromatic passenger and boozer, according to a list from It was compiled from a survey of 1,001 Americans who had flown on an airline in the past five years.

Waitress serves up mistruth

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — A waitress who allegedly faked an anti-gay note on a restaurant receipt is out of a job. Dayna Morales, 22, worked at the Gallup Asian Bistro in New Jersey. In November, she posted a photo of a $93.55 receipt on Facebook that had no tip and was scrawled with “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live.” It went viral and the restaurant received tips from all over the world in response. But there was a hitch: The family of four who ate at the restaurant and had a bill of $93.55 had indeed left a 20 per cent tip — $18 — and were able to back that up with their credit card statement. A spokesperson for the restaurant told CNN the results of its investigation were “inconclusive” but a “joint decision” was made to end her employment.

A very, very long commute

LONDON, U.K. — A British worker, frustrated with the high cost of housing, has calculated it’s actually more affordable to live in Spain and take a two-hour flight to and from London every day than it is to live in the city. In a blog post, Sam Cookney, 30, said the cost of renting a one-bedroom flat in West Hampstead, plus a transit pass, is 1,979 euros ($2,893 Cdn) per month. In Barcelona, he could rent a place in a nice part of town for 680 euros ($994 Cdn) and take a two-hour flight from Barcelona to London for 34 euros ($50 Cdn) per trip, plus 23 euros ($34) in transit from the airport each day. Assuming he commutes four days per week, working from home on Friday, he could actually save 387 euros ($566 Cdn) per month. “I feel like it’s reaching a tipping point,” he said about the cost of housing. “I’ve been discussing with friends this week and several of us have said that we’re going to have to consider leaving London.”

Ground-shaking event

SEATTLE — The HR department for the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks might want to invest in some earplugs for staff who work football games. Fans at the stadium are notoriously loud, recently setting a record of 137.6 decibels — which is louder than a jet engine. And at a game in December against the New Orleans Saints, the celebrations were so raucous, they actually registered as minor earthquakes on a nearby seismometer.

12 days of christmas expensive gift

NEW YORK — The holiday season is behind us, which means many employees could get a rude reality check when their credit card statements arrive later this month. The cost of buying all of the gifts in the classic holiday carol “The 12 Days of Christmas” rose to US$27,393 for the 2013 holiday season — that’s up 7.7 per cent from 2012, according to Reuters coverage of an annual tongue-in-cheek analysis. Prices for most of the items in the song — including the partridge, two turtle doves, three French hens and five gold rings — remained steady from last year.

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