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Mining choir serenades Atlantic plane passengers
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/02/2018
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Passengers on a recent flight to the Maritimes were treated to an impromptu music performance by a local coal miners’ choir. Credit: Skryl Sergey (Shutterstock)

HALIFAX — Instead of the whining cry of a small child or noisy chatter of a sports team, passengers on a recent flight to the Maritimes were treated to an impromptu music performance by a local coal miners’ choir. The WestJet flight was heading to Halifax when a flight attendant noticed a large group of men sitting in several rows at the rear of the plane wearing black shirts and baseball caps. The retired miners, known as the Men of the Deeps, were then asked by an airline employee, Lisa Belisle, if they could give passengers “a little peek of their tour,” while passengers were advised to open their ears and enjoy, according to the Canadian Press. The group of men then sang the song “Dust in the Air,” with Belisle later posting a video of the performance on her Facebook page. By mid-December, it had more than 220,000 views.

Prying into payroll

BURY, U.K. — An unhappy hospital employee who hacked into her employer’s payroll records was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison in the United Kingdom recently. Financial administrator Karen Enabofio accessed restricted data to find out about her colleagues’ wages at Cygnet Hospital in Bury, along with patient information. But the employer only discovered the 2015 breach in December when Enabofio quit her job after three years, according to the Daily Mail. After she deleted her work files and financial documents, IT restored the deleted files, including Enabofio’s emails. There they found attachments containing the privileged information. But a judge accepted that the employee had not hacked the system for her financial gain, but rather to “put her mind at rest” because she had a grievance with pay and lack of promotion.

On the prowl

REGINA — A Giant Tiger employee on the prowl when he blatantly followed a customer around a store is no longer with the company, according to the Canadian Press. It all started when Ezekial Bigknife recorded a video of himself being followed by the loss prevention associate at the Regina store, as he had been before. “It feels like I’m doing something wrong when I know I’m not. I shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable when I’m shopping at a public establishment,” he said. The drywaller, who is Indigenous, said he and his family were frequent shoppers at the store, but had been followed around seven times since October: “I think it’s just a racial thing because there were plenty of other people he could have followed. I don’t know why he would have just followed me.” Giant Tiger apologized for the incident and said the company was undergoing a “rigorous internal review” of its loss prevention program. “What occurred in our store should not have happened,” said president Thomas Haig.

Not so clever customer

CHESAPEAKE, VA. — Bank robberies can be terrifying experiences for employees, no doubt, but sometimes the good guys win. That was the case recently in Chesapeake, Va., when Rasha Harris, 26, walked into a Wells Fargo Bank branch with a gun and a demand note stating, “Stay calm don’t hit no alarm gimme the $$ no dye packs no one gets hurt everybody goes home.” Harris then walked out of the bank with US$2,701 in his pocket, according to the Washington Post. The problem? He had written the note on a blank starter cheque, and foolishly left the note behind. So when a bank employee ran the account number — from Wells Fargo, no less — they found the customer’s name and even looked Harris up on Facebook. He was arrested three days later, went on to plead guilty to committing five robberies and one aborted robbery, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Taste-testing trouble

YINCHUAN CITY, CHINA — An airline employee was suspended recently after she was caught on video eating passenger meals, according to the Mirror. The woman on Urumqi Air was filmed “taste testing” in-flight meals, leading viewers to question the woman’s behaviour, along with the airline’s hygiene standards. Urumqi Air later said the row of meals shown in the video were leftovers that were not handed out to passengers, but the employee should have disposed of them, instead of eating them. The airline apologized for the incident and said it was conducting a full investigation, and the employee had been suspended.

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