Skip to comments.The Note This Employee Left On A Locked Gas Station Door For His Tardy Boss Was Perfect
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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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?
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.
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.
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).
I agree. The manager was completely in the wrong.
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.
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.
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.
Amazing whats passing for news today.
If employees are disgruntled or irresponsible they will stick it to the manager whenever the situation arises.
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.
The employee risked and will lose nothing.
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.
The Help Wanted sign is probably perpetual because the lousy manager burns through employees with her be irresponsible, then blame the employee behavior.
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.
I would fire the supervisor badly. Just like they performed their management functions. ;-)
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.
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.
I’d fire the jackass who wrote the note.
Too late, the damage is already done and Joe is very likely to end up with the manager’s job.
If the manager can’t make it in on time how can he/she demand such of employees?
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.
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.
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.
Agreed! Fire the irresponsible supervisor.
Heard that from a brandy-new third class Boatswain's Mate back in '61.
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.
And some employees are hair-trigger in their disgruntlement.
Which is why it is hard to judge this story without knowing more.
“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.
“depending on how many times he had already been written up.”
Times? Many? Once late like this and the sucker is a goner. Once.
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.
It is a quite common occurrence for an establishment to open before the manager arrives.
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.
“Amazing whats passing for news today.”
Dog poops in yard, news at 11:00.
His shift was over. You don’t know if the manager previous refused to authorize overtime.
Apparently this is the station in question:
He’s an employee, not a slave. He’s allowed to leave when his shift is over.
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.
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?
“If the manager wasnt answering his phone, call the managers 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.
My old boss used to tell people “ you can say whatever you want on your last day “
For the record, it was someone else's laundry.
Did he work for the SS?
Nothing more fun then watching the late manager show up and find his/her boss standing there!
See the comment left by the competing Cutlerville ‘Sunoco’ station owner for Joe here
That would be EXACTLY the right thing to do, in my opinion!