Manager sacked over cruel text messages to employee whose son was on life support
If any part of you is a decent person, you’ll know that when someone you work with is doing it rough, particularly if one of their loved ones or family members is in a bad way, you help ‘em out by doing a little extra, making allowances, and doing what you can to get them through it. After all, work might be important, but it pales in comparison to family and the health of you and the ones you love.
Unfortunately, some folks just don’t get it. Whether they’re dealing with a sh*tload of pressure, they’re struggling to hold it together themselves, or they’re just a f**ken prick and they’ve let a little bit of power go to their heads, they can’t seem to muster the compassion necessary to give a little moral support and, in turn, make life a little easier for someone who really needs a break.
With that in mind, let’s take a trip to the US. To Albion, Michigan, to be precise. Crystal Fisher has been doing it rough. Really f**ken rough. Her son was on life support in hospital, and like pretty much everyone on the planet, she needed a couple of days to deal. As a sensible individual, she contacted her manager and told them she’d need a few days off. And that’s when the manager unleashed the fury.
The text message exchange you can see on this page gives you a real insight into how not to handle the human side of human relations. I mean, sh*t, there is just a complete lack of compassion and empathy there. The last thing someone in that situation needs is the kind of stress that comes from potentially losing your job.
Anyway, Crystal posted the exchange online. Finally, Folk Oil Company, the owners of the Food Mart where she worked rectified the situation. They posted the following message on their Facebook.
“We investigated and have found that the situation was handled improperly and without the compassion that we value as a company. For that, we are very sorry.
As a result of this finding, we took quick action and that manager is no longer employed by PS Food Mart. We have also reaffirmed to our employee that she will be able to take all the time off that she needs during this difficult period.”
Final thought: Thankfully, the big owners saw the light of day. Giving the manager the benefit of the doubt, I’m sure she had her own stresses to deal with, and it’s a shame it had to come to this, but in the grand scheme of things, you have to put your family first and employers need to understand that.
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