The weird workplace

Popular window dressing; Different emergencies; Express yourself... strategically; Heist halted; Not so black and white

Popular window dressing
NEW YORK — In the concrete jungle, employees are often stuck at their desks, with little to brighten their day. But some Manhattan office workers have enjoyed a change of pace — and view — lately thanks to Post-it notes. It all started when one firm on Canal Street used several of the notes to write “Hi” in its windows. In response, the employer across the street put up the ubiquitous “Sup” — and it snowballed from there. Now, the windows are filled with “Post-it window war,” according to the New York Times, with images of Marge and Maggie Simpson, Spider-Man, Marilyn Monroe and phrases like “5 pm yet?” The activity has generated lots of attention on social media and workers are enjoying the change. “It’s definitely surprising,” said Kristina Bostley, editorial manager for Biolumina, a pharmaceutical advertising agency. “We never really know what they’re planning, and they don’t know what we’re planning.”

Different emergencies 
NEWARK, N.J. — Two emergency medical technicians (EMTs) resigned recently after they were caught ignoring a call while at a drive-thru — and live-streaming the incident, according to News 12 New Jersey. James Hovan and a partner were using the app Periscope to broadcast to a live audience when they stopped at a White Castle restaurant in Newark, N.J. When one of the viewers asked why they weren’t responding to a call, Hovan explained: “I ordered my food before the (expletive) call came in. What do you think, I just throw it up in the air and run off?” EMTs are allowed time for meals while on duty, but must respond immediately if an emergency call comes in, said University Hospital spokesperson Stacie Newton. The EMTs’ conduct violated numerous hospital policies, “including our clear guidance on emergency response protocols, the use of social media and our code of conduct,” she said.

Express yourself... strategically 
QUANTICO, VIR. — The new tattoo policy from the U.S. Marine Corps is a long and detailed one — 32 pages, to be exact. Images of the areas now off-limits include the head and neck, areas around the elbow, the area two inches above the wrist, hands (unless it’s a single band around one finger) and the area two inches above and below the kneecap, according to the Marine Corp Times. Marines will now have to work with unit leaders to make sure any tattoos they have are documented so they can be grandfathered if they don’t meet the new guidelines. Any Marine who gets ink that’s not allowed will receive a punitive entry in their official military personnel file and could face non-judicial punishment or be charged for failing to obey orders or regulations under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Heist halted
MONTREAL — Recently released by the courts, a video of an attempted jewelry store heist in 2013 shows just how violent such incidents can be. Two men walked into the store intending to rob it — armed with a gun and a machete, according to the National Post. But owner Vijay Verma and family members tried desperately to chase them away, using a stick, a fold-up chair, a pipe and even throwing nitric acid used to clean jewellery. For nearly five minutes, they grappled with each other, with one store employee covered in blood while another managed to grab the gun. The robbers eventually left and were later caught.

Not so black and white 
PITTSBURGH — A white news anchor based out of Pittsburgh who was fired for making apparently racist comments on her station’s Facebook page has decided to fight back, claiming discrimination, according to the Washington Post. In March, WTAE-TV anchor Wendy Bell made comments about a recent mass shooting. Not knowing the suspects, she said, “They are young black men, likely in their 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. They’ve been arrested.” She also spoke about how she had praised a black server at a restaurant, and how grateful he seemed. Her employer said the comments “were inconsistent with the company’s ethics and journalistic standards” but an attorney for Bell has filed a federal lawsuit. “Had Ms. Bell written the same comments about white criminal suspects or had her race not been white, (the) defendant would not have fired her, much less disciplined her,” said attorney Sam Cordes. 

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