Weird workplace

Your tax dollars at work; Do you want fries with that?; Worker laments lack of retirement party; Fired for being robbed; Office comedians may be psychotic
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/10/2014

Worker laments lack of retirement party

TORONTO — A Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) employee who put in more than 30 years on the job posted a critical video of his last day at work, ranting that he wasn’t given a retirement party. Ron Mitchell posted the video to YouTube on Jan. 4, in which he wandered around his empty workplace. “Management don’t give a crap about you, the union don’t give a crap about you,” he said, before showing a bulletin board that featured retirement announcements for management. In the video, which runs about three-and-a-half minutes, he’s critical of the fact the TTC was named a top employer. “Obviously, they never asked an employee,” he said. In a comment he later posted to YouTube, Mitchell said his superintendent contacted him after the video was posted and offered a “heartfelt apology which I will accept.” He expressed gratitude for his long career at the TTC and everything his job has afforded him in life, but said he wasn’t ready to retire. “I had so much to still offer the TTC to pay back for all the training I received, but felt the past six months that I was not wanted any longer. My skills were being wasted on meaningless tasks and I felt it was time to move.”

Your tax dollars at work

OTTAWA — Last year, the federal government spent $2.5 million on a marketing blitz to promote the Canada Job Grant. But there was one wee little problem: The program wasn’t in place then, and it still isn’t in place now, as Ottawa and the provinces have continued to bicker over the details. The pricey commercials — touting that the grant “will result in one important thing: A new or better job” — ran during the playoffs on Hockey Night in Canada on CBC, along with radio and Internet ads.

Do you want fries with that?

NORFOLK, Va. — A Virginia man was arrested after he walked into a McDonald’s and demanded a job application at gunpoint. Tevin Monroe, 31, went into the restaurant and asked the manager for a job application, according to WAVY TV. When the manager said, twice, that applications could only be completed online, Monroe lifted his shirt to reveal a gun tucked into his waistband. The manager told Monroe to grab a chair while she went to get a paper job application — and called 911 instead. Monroe was arrested without incident and charged with brandishing a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

Fired for being robbed

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A clerk at a Speedway gas station was fired for refusing to hand over money to a robber. Betty Green said a man who had just bought some beer handed her a note that read “I don’t want anyone to get hurt, take your money in the drawer, put it in a bag and give it to me,” according to WLEX TV. The robber lifted his shirt to reveal a gun but Green said she was “in shock” and simply said no. The robber smiled and left empty-handed. Green was fired because Speedway’s policy is for employees to hand over the money and hit the panic button in such situations. “Right and wrong are important and what he did was wrong. My outcome was right. No one was hurt and I was able to diffuse the situation from getting worse,” said Green.

Office comedians may be psychotic

LONDON, U.K. — Office comedians may not just be funny — they might also have psychotic personality traits. Researchers analyzed comedians from Australia, Britain and the United States and found they scored significantly higher on four types of psychotic characteristics compared to a control group of people who had non-creative jobs, according to Reuters. Having an unusual personality structure could be the secret to making other people laugh, according to the study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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