Monday, October 04, 2004
Long John Silver's, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Just Lost My Patronage
I can't believe this. Here's the situation: Goblins come into fast food shop, pull guns, demand money. Manager with ten years experience gives goblins money. Goblins then order all employees to go to a room in the back. Manager (and, incidentally, father of six) grabs hammer on the way back and pops Goblin #1 on the head. Goblin #1 drops to the ground, then flees (with Goblin #2). The Goblins leave the money on the floor of the restaurant.
So, how is this manager (who probably just saved his own life as well as the lives of every one of his employees) rewarded by his grateful employer?
You heard me correctly: he's fired.
From the story:
The supervisor, 46, said his fears overwhelmed him, and for good reason.
"They had my three employees on the floor," said the Dallas father of six who had worked for Long John Silver's for 10 years. "I gave them the money, but the dude who's supposed to have the gun, he orders me into the back.
"The only thing I could think is he was going to kill all of us," the fired worker said.
He'd been robbed on the street 25 years ago. He had handed over his money and offered his watch, but the robber shot him anyway.
"I had a flashback, and I was panicking. I knew I had to do something. I had seen a hammer in the back, and I grabbed it."
A few days later, he was called in by his boss and fired.
"I cooperated. I gave them the money. But they said because I hit one of the robbers, I violated company policy."
And what, pray tell, is this asinine policy he supposedly broke?
Spokesman Rick Maynard said, "Our policy outlines the steps that should be taken to prevent putting customers or employees at risk, including directing employees not to attempt to disarm a robber."
In other words, company policy is to give the Goblins total control, even while they are herding people into a back room to do God knows what to them. We mustn't upset the Goblins, now, right? Just cooperate and trust in the Goblins' sense of humanity and decency.
You know, I like KFC and Long John Silvers. I have fond memories of eating at a Pizza Hut up in Terre Haute, IN, with my grandmother on summer visits.
I'll never eat at one of those restaurants again.
I can understand a policy that says 'give the money to the Goblins; don't pull a gun on them at the counter.' Who wants to turn the front of the restaurant into a shooting gallery?
But to fire somebody for resisting while he's being herded to the back?
Stupidity at it's finest.
If you are as outraged as I am, let the parent company know.