Weird Workplace

Twitterverse strikes again; Artistic endeavours; When you gotta go; 'Cleanup, aisle 4'; Why not just 'come eat donuts' day?
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/09/2015


MAINSFIELD, TEX. — Clearly she wasn’t too excited about starting her first day at work. A woman in Texas learned about the dangers of Twitter after tweeting, “Ew I start this (expletive) job tomorrow” on Feb. 6. She was fired the next day by Jet’s Pizza owner Robert Waple, also on Twitter: “No you don’t start that FA job today! I just fired you! Good luck with your no money, no job life!” according to the CBC. Apparently, a co-worker saw the woman’s tweets and forwarded them to the boss. But Waple’s words may come back to bite him — after the firing of
“@Cella,” many people supported the non-employee while questioning the owner’s reaction. Tweets from around the world have made Cella “famous” online, with some classes even studying the ethics of the incident.


DUBLIN — It can get pretty tedious for airport workers on the tarmac, loading and unloading luggage, fuelling up the planes and dealing with delays and bad weather. Which is maybe why the ground crew of Ryanair recently decided to try out their artistry — in a rather public fashion. They outlined a large image of a part of the male anatomy in the snow, according to the Mirror. A passenger waiting in the airport terminal snapped a pic and tweeted it out: “#ryanair ground staff are a creative bunch.” The shot was widely shared on social media, with one person commenting, “Better than Banksy.” Even more impressive was the airline’s response: “While our ground crew excel at industry-leading, 25-minute turnarounds, art isn’t their forte as they’ve clearly forgotten to draw wings on their snow airplane,” said a spokesperson.


SAN FRANCISCO — The water reservoir may have been empty but a public utilities employee still shouldn’t have urinated there, according to his employer. In January, Martin Sanchez, who earns US$110,000 per year as a maintenance planner, peed into the Priest Reservoir near Yosemite National Park, according to Reuters. The reservoir had been emptied for maintenance but apparently Sanchez had to answer the call of nature. His reward? Suspension for several days without pay, according to Tyrone Jue, spokesperson for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. “There was actually no impact to public health, there was no impact to water supply. It was just an unacceptable action by this employee,” he said. “The message to him is very clear, even after this disciplinary action — zip it up or you’re going to get shipped out.” When filled, the giant reservoir serves people in the San Francisco Bay area and the water is treated with chlorine and ultraviolet light.


HULL, U.K. — Looking to entice kids into its stores, Krispy Kreme in England recently offered celebration days to coincide with school holidays, including a “Young at Heart Coffee Morning” and “Facepainting Thursday.” But the name of one celebration did not go down well: “KKK Wednesday.” It’s believed the third “K” stood for “kids,” said the CBC, but the name angered people familiar with the acronym for the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan. A flyer for the event posted on Krispy Kreme’s British Facebook page went viral and the donut chain quickly tried to make amends: “Krispy Kreme apologizes unreservedly for the inappropriate name of a customer promotion at one of our stores. We are truly sorry for any offence this completely unintentional oversight may have caused… Steps are being taken to ensure that greater precautions are taken with publicity materials in the future.”


LONDON, U.K. — When E.T. became a big hit movie in 1982, Reese’s Pieces flew off store shelves because they were a favourite snack of the loveable alien. Could the same be true when it comes to cable ties, rope and tape with the box office success of Fifty Shades of Grey? One United Kingdom hardware chain seems to think so: B&Q sent out a memo to its 20,887 employees at 359 stores warning them to be ready for a rise in demand for such items, according to the Telegraph: “It is always B&Q’s policy that products should only be used for their designed purposes. Nevertheless, all staff should read this briefing notice to prepare for potentially sensitive customer enquiries and managers need to be aware of the implications that the film may have on stock levels.” Staff were also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the book by reading it or watching the film upon its release. “Copies of the book will be delivered to each store and can be lent to staff on a one-week basis. Understanding the storyline and how some products that B&Q stock feature in the film will better prepare staff for incoming queries. Queries may be unusual and sensitive in nature but staff are reminded of B&Q’s commitment to assist customers in a polite, helpful and respectful manner.”

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