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This popped up on the Discussing Fitchburg Facebook page today, and it sounds kind of familiar:
So where is the bad part? I’ve been fired from a million jobs before and this is a gazillion times nicer than anything that’s ever been said to me.
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It’s phenomenal. When I first saw this I was hoping the text from the supervisor informing the high school senior that she was fired, would be a lot juicier. Instead I found a polite, understandable message that explains why the business relationship just wasn’t working out. Running a restaurant is a lot of work, and high school kids have rather unpredictable schedules. I don’t even know how many jobs I had in high school, but most of them ended for this kind of reason. My schedule as a student conflicted with their schedule as a business. No big deal. You just move onto the next job. Because that’s what you do when you’re a teenager in America.
But the comments section turned into a public flogging of the Gardner Ale House:
What the hell is wrong with people? This is almost the same exact thing that happened to Paul Conzo Salon and Spa in January. One person didn’t have a good experience with a business so the Facebook lynch mob threatened to boycott it and hold signs outside in protest:
It just boggles my mind that people think it’s OK to do this to a business. And a very reputable and well known business at that. When I think of Gardner I think of that big ass chair, and then I think of the Ale House. They’ve probably had thousands of employees come and go over the years, because that’s how it works when you’re running a business.
They even started spamming the Gardner Ale House’s Facebook page:
Hey here’s an idea – if you’re all juiced up about this, then don’t go. Problem solved. Stop trying to get other people to join the mob with you. Stop presenting one side of the story, knowing how the mob of morons will react. Stop redacting one person’s name while keeping the manager’s name visible. Stop spamming their page with your bullshit. There’s a million and one places you can get breakfast around here, so just go somewhere else and leave them alone. That’s how capitalism works.
And all this butthurt about being “unprofessional” to fire someone via text with bad grammar is absurd. Would it make you feel better if it was in Old English? It’s the Gardner Freaking Ale House. Did you expect something on formal letter head and a severance package?
First of all, the manager offered to have her come in and talk about it. But what would you rather her do if you were her? The girl was getting fired no matter what. Would it have been better if the manager wasted her time by calling her in and firing her in person? Would that not have hurt her feelings as much? Would you prefer she dwell on it during the ride home? I would’ve told the manager point blank – you knew I was fired when you called me to come down here. Give me $5 for gas money you oversensitive dooshnozzle.
Look, texts are just how things are done in 2016. Nobody has face to face conversations anymore, and that’s just fine with me. I don’t wanna waste my time looking at you. I don’t need the awkwardness. I don’t need the long drawn out silent pauses. I don’t wanna shake your hand and pretend like we’ll ever see each other again. There’s a reason that people text message instead of calling nowadays – it is a superior form of communication.
Naturally the butthurt patrol wasn’t understanding this:
Yea, because losing a high school job is the same thing as getting cancer. Check and mate!!
The worst part about this sort of thing is the maliciousness. Look at this:
That is just anger and saltiness over a situation they only know a small bit of information about, based off of some screenshotted text messages. The Ale House took down a bad review from their Facebook page, but instead of just moving on with their day these yahoos are conspiring to find other ways to damage a local business and staple of the community.
The bottom line is there would NEVER be outrage about this back in the 90’s. But kids today are soft because we treat them like delicate flowers. This was a harmless, standard firing. She’ll be OK. But instead the adults in her life are coddling and protecting her from imaginary bad guys. Quit being such a bunch of overdramatic junior high school coeds and let the girl move on with her life.
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