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The Note This Employee Left On A Locked Gas Station Door For His Tardy Boss Was Perfect
ijreview.com ^ | march 29, 2014 | mike miller

Posted on 03/29/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT by lowbridge

When the manager of a Michigan gas station failed to show up for work on time, her third-shift employee did what any of us would do; he left an angry note on the door, locked up and went home.

Okay, most of us would never do it. But how awesome was it that he did? 

The BP manager, who declined to be named, said she was running “30 minutes late” because she slept through her alarm.

The tardy manager also said she was surprised that “Joe” left the note on the door instead of calling her before leaving the store.

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1 posted on 03/29/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Wasn’t it the responsibility of the “manager” to call into work and explain that (s)he would be running late?

Without authorization, employees can’t just extend their hours.

He should’ve called the late employee. Really?


2 posted on 03/29/2014 11:26:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I’m not sure exactly what you mean by your last really, but I suspect this wasn’t the first time the manager slept in and the employee, who may have other responsibilities, was just fed up with it.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 11:28:46 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: lowbridge

Initially, this is hilarious. On reflection, it is a wonderfully succinct indictment of this manager’s leadership style. One can only suspect that the manager would not have been pleased had the shoe been on the other foot.
It should be the manager who is reprimanded, even fired, IMO.


4 posted on 03/29/2014 11:30:00 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: Jonty30
The tardy manager also said she was surprised that “Joe” left the note on the door instead of calling her before leaving the store.

The manager said Joe was in the wrong. She says he should've called her. It was her responsibility to call in (as he wrote in his note).

5 posted on 03/29/2014 11:30:34 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I agree. The manager was completely in the wrong.


6 posted on 03/29/2014 11:31:47 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: lowbridge
I increasingly see workers who do not work and managers who do not manage. This worker Joe, as far as I can see, did the right thing. The manager is just irresponsible. And there is a lot of that. I know people who have been promoted and just blatantly said, "Now I don't have to do anything. I just tell other people to do stuff."

It doesn't work that way. It has never worked that way.

But a lot of leaders don't have a clue what leadership means (Obama is a grade A example of this). And a lot of workers do think that they are owed a paycheck and don't really need to make much of an effort.

Our society has become very broken.

7 posted on 03/29/2014 11:31:58 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: lowbridge

The manager was wrong for not calling, but public ridicule of the manager does not bode well for the employee. The help wanted sign next to the note is probably prescient.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 11:34:40 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: lowbridge

God forbid an employee should work an extra hour unexpectedly. Hard to access the whole situation without all the facts but without extenuating services I would fire the guy.


9 posted on 03/29/2014 11:36:10 AM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: lowbridge

Amazing whats passing for news today.


10 posted on 03/29/2014 11:38:19 AM PDT by Usagi_yo (Islamunism = Facism + Islam : Islamunist = someone that adheres to Islamunism.)
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To: lowbridge

If employees are disgruntled or irresponsible they will stick it to the manager whenever the situation arises.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 11:39:35 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: lowbridge
The BP manager, who declined to be named, said she was running “30 minutes late” because she slept through her alarm.

Running 30 minutes late is not 1 hour+.

Having worked at a gas station I will side with Joe.

When you have been up all night and your replacement does not show it is annoying.

When you have to get home because you have kids and your spouse who works first shift has to get to her job you get a bit upset.

12 posted on 03/29/2014 11:40:06 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Truth29

The employee risked and will lose nothing.
Zip.
Nada.
If you do not understand this, you have never had a manager like this.

This idiot manager was always going to fire her subordinants no mater how exemplary their work to cover for the things she doesn’t get done.

So. The job would be lost rgardless, and likely the supervisor has left a long string of people fired to cover for her lackadaisical habits throughout her career.

The guy knew what he was doing and had nothing to lose. The only thing this changes is that people who figure out who the boss was here mow have advance notice should they wind up in her employ.


13 posted on 03/29/2014 11:43:35 AM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

Nailed it.


14 posted on 03/29/2014 11:44:42 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Truth29

The Help Wanted sign is probably perpetual because the lousy manager burns through employees with her be irresponsible, then blame the employee behavior.


15 posted on 03/29/2014 11:45:47 AM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Fact 1. There was a phone.
Fact 2. The supervisor should have called but did not. There is close to zero chance that company policy does not mandate this.
Fact 3. The supervisor needs to be fired badly.
Fact 4. If you are in a leadership position and think the problem here is that the employee needs firing while retaining the supervisor, you need to be fired.
Fact 5. You have no defense for fact five.


16 posted on 03/29/2014 11:48:48 AM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd
"Fact 3. The supervisor needs to be fired badly."

Agreed!

I would fire the supervisor badly. Just like they performed their management functions. ;-)

17 posted on 03/29/2014 11:57:30 AM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: RightOnTheBorder
Hard to access the whole situation without all the facts but without extenuating services I would fire the guy.

And I'd fire the manager. And probably whoever thought the manager should be a manager. Sounds like the employee might make good manager material. And that you would not.

18 posted on 03/29/2014 11:59:29 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Reasonable assumptions:

This isn’t the first time that this has happened.

On previous occasions, the manager did not authorize overtime or even straight time for the additional hours as to do so would expose the manager’s failings.

The manager accepts no excuses from employees.

This business is likely to fail if the owner doesn’t come up with a new manager - soon.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 12:03:09 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: lowbridge

I’d fire the jackass who wrote the note.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 12:07:59 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: dinodino

Why?


21 posted on 03/29/2014 12:26:36 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: dinodino

Too late, the damage is already done and Joe is very likely to end up with the manager’s job.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 12:38:43 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: MV=PY

If the manager can’t make it in on time how can he/she demand such of employees?


23 posted on 03/29/2014 12:59:54 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: dinodino
Let me get this straight.

The employee writes on the note that the boss was 1+ hours late w/ no phone call.

The boss says 30 minutes.

The boss was "surprised" Joe left a note, instead of calling her.

Lets look at these things. Who's scamming who", Joe or the manager? Was it 1+ hour or a half hour?

Simple common sense tells us that if was simply 30 minutes, the manager would have called the store as soon as she got up realizing she was going to be late. The fact that she didn't, leads me to believe that she was more than the 30 minutes she stated. IF it was just 30 minutes, a phone call before leaving the house would have let the employee know that the manager was going to be a little late.

The fact that the manager was "surprised" that Joe left a note INSTEAD of calling her, tells me she didn't call Joe in the first place. A phone call from her BEFORE leaving her house would have stopped the employee from leaving, or if he did leave, wouldn't have written the note.

Lastly, if reporters or the owners really want to get to the truth, ask the person who took the picture if there is a time and date stamp on/with it. Most people are taking pictures with their phones. Phones record when pics are taken. Of course they could also just ask the person when they were at the store. Either way it would either verify Joe's 1+ hour statement, or the managers 30 minutes.

I lean closer to Joe's.

24 posted on 03/29/2014 1:02:10 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: chaosagent

Since WHEN is the counter clerk the one whom decides whether or not the business will open that day? If the employee felt that the manager’s hours were causing problems, then the employee should have escalated the issue through the proper chain of command: to the district manager or owner, whichever it was in this case.

It is not the employee’s call to decide to close a business for a day. I would have fired him immediately, with prejudice.


25 posted on 03/29/2014 1:02:46 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: MrEdd

If I owned this store, I would have fired the employee immediately, and then the manager, depending on how many times he had already been written up.


26 posted on 03/29/2014 1:05:28 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: logic101.net

Agreed! Fire the irresponsible supervisor.


27 posted on 03/29/2014 1:15:56 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I know people who have been promoted and just blatantly said, "Now I don't have to do anything. I just tell other people to do stuff."

Heard that from a brandy-new third class Boatswain's Mate back in '61.

28 posted on 03/29/2014 1:16:32 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: dinodino

You have an ethical problem that is unresolvable if you would even consider retaining the manager.
Okay you might only have a lack of intellect, but either way you both have a problem and you are a problem.

The employee wrote the note.
The employee posted the note on the Internet timestamping the fact that the manager was already an hour late.

So we have established by way of the time the note was posted on the Internet that the manager was at least an hour late. There is no he said : she said about that fact. It is established and only someone stupid or intrinsically dishonest would try to deny this.

Even at this point, the manager is trying to claim she was only running a half hour late. If so, why don’t we see her hand ripping the note off of the door, as she has been there with the employee for the past half hour.

She (and you) both have and are problems.

There is no excuse for her. You, on the other hand should have read the article and thought about it before posting something stupid which you cannot defend.


29 posted on 03/29/2014 1:20:25 PM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: morphing libertarian

And some employees are hair-trigger in their disgruntlement.

Which is why it is hard to judge this story without knowing more.


30 posted on 03/29/2014 1:30:28 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: dinodino

“Since WHEN is the counter clerk the one whom decides whether or not the business will open that day?”

Since the manager didn’t do it, the employee is not responsible to keep the store open. The employee does not have the authority to open the doors. Since when is it any responsibility of an employee to open or close a store as you suggest? The employee did the one thing he most likely is responsible to do and that is to secure the premises.


31 posted on 03/29/2014 1:36:43 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: dinodino

“depending on how many times he had already been written up.”

Times? Many? Once late like this and the sucker is a goner. Once.


32 posted on 03/29/2014 1:37:41 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: MrEdd

If this was your business, would you have allowed your employee to shutter it? I am a business owner and I can tell you with 100% certainty that the employee should have called the owner to complain instead of unilaterally deciding to close the store, resulting in lost revenues.

You don’t see this because you are not a business owner.


33 posted on 03/29/2014 1:40:33 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: CodeToad

It is a quite common occurrence for an establishment to open before the manager arrives.


34 posted on 03/29/2014 1:49:31 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: dinodino
"I am uilaterally deciding dinodino, I!"
35 posted on 03/29/2014 1:49:58 PM PDT by cornelis
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To: MrEdd

The disgruntled employee took it upon himself to CLOSE THE BUSINESS without approval. He should be fired.

The manager whom was late should also be disciplined, up to and including termination.


36 posted on 03/29/2014 1:52:13 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: Usagi_yo

“Amazing whats passing for news today.”

Dog poops in yard, news at 11:00.


37 posted on 03/29/2014 1:54:36 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: dinodino

His shift was over. You don’t know if the manager previous refused to authorize overtime.


38 posted on 03/29/2014 1:55:09 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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Apparently this is the station in question:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1561+Lake+Drive,++eastown,+mi&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8819ad6cd9a3bf73:0x13de96e5874dfb63,1561+Lake+Dr+SE,+Grand+Rapids,+MI+49506&gl=us&ei=vjA3U8H1BYXLqQHV94HQDw&ved=0CCgQ8gEwAA


39 posted on 03/29/2014 1:55:51 PM PDT by deport
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To: dinodino

He’s an employee, not a slave. He’s allowed to leave when his shift is over.


40 posted on 03/29/2014 1:56:29 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: lowbridge
The note:


41 posted on 03/29/2014 1:58:37 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: CodeToad

Doesn’t matter—he should have gone up the chain of command. If the manager wasn’t answering his phone, call the manager’s manager instead.


42 posted on 03/29/2014 2:01:05 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: centurion316; PAR35; MrEdd

I did not address the manager becuase this is an article trying to make a folk hero out of a guy who was so mad about being left to run the store an extra hour he aired his dirty laundry in a sign on the front door. Regardless of the managers failings this is a sign of a bad employee. Your assessment of the manager is likely correct but tell me, how many employees do each of you have and what would you do if one of them publicly posted a letter painting your company in a poor light?


43 posted on 03/29/2014 2:03:00 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: dinodino

“If the manager wasn’t answering his phone, call the manager’s manager instead.”

Show do you know the manager said never to do that? I’ve known managers to try to get away with that crap. How do you know the employee was even privileged to have the next manager’s number? Most employees do not.


44 posted on 03/29/2014 2:05:54 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: lowbridge

My old boss used to tell people “ you can say whatever you want on your last day “


45 posted on 03/29/2014 2:15:09 PM PDT by Einherjar
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To: RightOnTheBorder
he aired his dirty laundry

For the record, it was someone else's laundry.

46 posted on 03/29/2014 2:15:10 PM PDT by cornelis
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To: Einherjar

Did he work for the SS?


47 posted on 03/29/2014 2:16:03 PM PDT by cornelis
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To: dinodino
As a person who has worked overnight in a business. I would have called the manager first if it was a first time event. If it happens a lot that the manager is late, I would have called the district manager or owner.

Nothing more fun then watching the late manager show up and find his/her boss standing there!

48 posted on 03/29/2014 2:16:21 PM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: lowbridge

See the comment left by the competing Cutlerville ‘Sunoco’ station owner for Joe here

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/03/cutlerville_gas_station_manage.html


49 posted on 03/29/2014 2:16:51 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: defconw

That would be EXACTLY the right thing to do, in my opinion!


50 posted on 03/29/2014 2:21:07 PM PDT by dinodino
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