The weird workplace

Not such a smashing success; Canines catching culinary crooks; Maybe she left the bath running; But they're so similar; Not the best choice of words
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/02/2016

Maybe she left the bath running?

HOUSTON — Apparently in a rush to be first off the plane after landing in Houstin, a flight attendant recently took the easy way out by deploying the emergency evacuation slide. The United Airlines employee first tossed her bag out of a door behind the cockpit and then proceeded to slide down to the tarmac where she grabbed her bag and walked away from the plane, according to Reuters. “It is our understanding that she deployed it intentionally,” said United Airlines spokesperson Charlie Hobart. The flight, with 159 passengers and six crew members onboard, was briefly taken out of service for maintenance and then returned to its scheduled use. But that was not the case for the flight attendant — she has been removed from flying duties.

Not such a smashing success

COON RAPIDS, MINNESOTA — Convinced they were doing the right thing, workers at a Burger King outlet smashed all the windows at their restaurant recently. The strange move was prompted by a call from a man identifying himself as a fire department official, according to Reuters. The man seemed to know commercial fire safety systems and asked the manager to check them. The caller then said gas pressure was rising and warned the restaurant was in danger of exploding unless the windows were broken to relieve pressure. So customers were ushered out and the manager and three other employees grabbed tire irons from their cars and began smashing the glass. By the time authorities arrived, almost all the ground-floor windows were shattered, causing several thousand dollars in damage, according to police captain Tom Hawley. One worker suffered minor cuts and was treated by medics. It was determined the whole thing was a hoax, with similarities to other phony calls in California and Oklahoma. 

Canines catching culinary crooks

MANCHESTER, U.K. — Set up at a cost of $1.25 million pounds (C$2.3 million), a team of sniffer dogs at a British airport have proven somewhat of a disappointment. During a seven-month period, the six dogs failed to find any illegal class-A drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, but were quite adept at finding small amounts of cheese and sausages, “wrongly brought back by returning British holidaymakers and posing minimal risk to U.K. public health,” said a report from Borders and Immigration. “The deterrent effect of the detection dogs was difficult to measure, but seizures alone represented a low return on investment, given the 1.25 million spent on new kennels and the costs of operating the unit.” While finding drugs was a “very high priority,” the canines did manage to help customs seize 46 kg of cigarettes and 181 kg of meat. Managers are now examining how to better use the dogs.

But they're so similar...

PROVIDENCE — A top marketing official resigned recently after it was revealed a promotional campaign for Rhode Island featured footage from Reykjavik, Iceland. Betsy Wall resigned from the Rhode Island Commerce Corp., which developed the campaign featuring a brief clip of a skateboarder outside Reykjavik’s concert hall, according to Reuters. State residents had lambasted the ad, along with its slogan “cooler and warmer” on Twitter and in local media. “It’s unacceptable how many mistakes were made in this roll-out and we need to hold people accountable because Rhode Islanders deserve better, taxpayers deserve better,” said governor Gina Raimondo. “’Cooler and warmer’ is not a tag line that Rhode Islanders like… that much is clear.” The state will also recoup the $120,000 spent on the video. 

Not the best choice of words 

PITTSBURGH — Social media got yet another person in trouble recently after a long-time TV anchor was dismissed from her position. Wendy Bell posted comments to Facebook after a shooting that left five people dead, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child, according to USA Today. Bell, who is white, said it didn’t take a criminal profile to “draw a mental sketch of the killers. They are young, black men, likely teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police.” The post caused a backlash on social media and Bell apologized for her comments, admitting they “were insensitive and could be viewed as racist,” but WTAE in Pittsburgh said the racially charged comments “were inconsistent with the company’s ethics and journalistic standards” and let Bell go.  

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