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(Salt Lake Tribune)   Smoothie shop owner who charges more for liberals fires two employees for supporting Obama. Smooth move   (sltrib.com) divider line 447
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gja [TotalFark]
2013-01-18 11:40:44 AM  
lawsuits in 4....3....2....1
 
2013-01-18 11:40:59 AM  
Easiest Lawsuit Ever.
 
2013-01-18 11:42:36 AM  
Good, now they can go get jobs working for someone who isn't an asshole about providing healthcare for his workers.
 
2013-01-18 11:42:42 AM  
"Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare [sic] costs and increased taxes," Lee wrote. "Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits."

I didn't know people used Obongo in non-ironic terms.
 
2013-01-18 11:42:56 AM  
"Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare [sic] costs and increased taxes," Lee wrote. "Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits."

I think that sums up the article nicely.

"Is your political affiliation protected?" he added, explaining that he thought what he did was not illegal. "I don't believe it is, but I don't know."

And this, too.
 
2013-01-18 11:43:03 AM  
I can't be on that jury.
I promised the judge I wouldn't shoot fish in a barrel again.
 
2013-01-18 11:43:14 AM  
...I wouldn't get a smoothie anywhere with a name that close to "venereal".
 
2013-01-18 11:43:44 AM  
Subby headline fail. Smoothie shop owner and the firing owner are two completely different people/businesses.
 
2013-01-18 11:43:47 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-18 11:44:37 AM  

gja: lawsuits in 4....3....2....1


As noted in the article, the owner violated no laws in terminating employees based upon political affiliation.
 
2013-01-18 11:45:19 AM  
From his actions, he sounds like a goddamn retard...especially if he could fire two employees and still reasonably run his business. Sounds like a motherf*cking stupid business owner if he had these two employees on the payroll for no apparent reason whatsoever.

His words and using "obongo" as some sort of reasonable statement just indicate that he is a racist goddamn retard.

No surprise here.
 
2013-01-18 11:46:06 AM  
Wow seems like a great guy to work for.
 
2013-01-18 11:46:07 AM  

megarian: ...I wouldn't get a smoothie anywhere with a name that close to "venereal".


[snerk]
 
2013-01-18 11:46:08 AM  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protected_class

Race - Federal: Civil Rights Act of 1964

Color - Federal: Civil Rights Act of 1964

Religion - Federal: Civil Rights Act of 1964

National origin - Federal: Civil Rights Act of 1964
Age (40 and over) - Federal: Age Discrimination in Employment
Act of 1967
Sex - Federal: Equal Pay Act of 1963 & Civil Rights Act of 1964

Familial status - Federal: Civil Rights Act of 1968 Title VIII (Housing, cannot discriminate for having children, exception for senior housing)

Disability status - Federal: Vocational Rehabilitation and Other Rehabilitation Services of 1973 & Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Veteran status - Federal Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974
Genetic information - Federal: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
 
2013-01-18 11:46:10 AM  

Dimensio: gja: lawsuits in 4....3....2....1

As noted in the article, the owner violated no laws in terminating employees based upon political affiliation.


Perhaps.  Still an asshole.
 
2013-01-18 11:46:14 AM  

Rapmaster2000: "Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare [sic] costs and increased taxes," Lee wrote. "Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits."

I didn't know people used Obongo in non-ironic terms.


I am most surprised by the lack of the number 0 as a substitute for the letter 'O'.
 
2013-01-18 11:46:58 AM  
I don't think it's illegal, just incredibly dickish. I wouldn't think his business will last very long if he's this stupid.
 
2013-01-18 11:47:13 AM  

Diogenes: Dimensio: gja: lawsuits in 4....3....2....1

As noted in the article, the owner violated no laws in terminating employees based upon political affiliation.

Perhaps.  Still an asshole.


Civil or criminal liability for such a status would result in the cessation of all societal function.
 
2013-01-18 11:47:15 AM  

gja: lawsuits in 4....3....2....1


Your political party is not a protected group under EOC
 
2013-01-18 11:47:29 AM  
Christ what an asshole
 
2013-01-18 11:47:40 AM  
It seems pretty unfair, but the article specifically seems to mention that firing based on political affiliation is legal. Or am I misunderstanding?
 
2013-01-18 11:47:42 AM  

Dimensio: gja: lawsuits in 4....3....2....1

As noted in the article, the owner violated no laws in terminating employees based upon political affiliation.


true...but I hope he doesn't have any competitors 'cause that's one HELL of an advertising campaign right there.  'don't spend money at this asshole's place - come to my establishment, where we don't give a flying f*ck about politics, we focus on delivering a quality product at decent prices and as a bonus, we won't talk about politics AT ALL!'
 
2013-01-18 11:47:58 AM  
They were Obama supporters. We just knew they were, coupled with Obongo, makes we wonder how he "just knew." If the owner "just knew" because they weren't white my-grandparents-were-born-here amuricans, that starts leaning back into lawsuit land.
 
2013-01-18 11:48:40 AM  
Who would WANT to work for that prick anyways? He's an embarrassment to his community.
 
2013-01-18 11:48:53 AM  
That was a
ecodiscountstore.com
idea
 
2013-01-18 11:49:12 AM  
I predict much calm and rational political debate about Obamacare, Right-to-work, and non-performance related employment termination in this thread.
 
2013-01-18 11:49:16 AM  
Wow. Someone actually uses the term "Obongo" in normal conversation.

So... this guy makes his living contracting to a government agency. What part of that isn't socialism?
 
2013-01-18 11:49:25 AM  

Rapmaster2000: "Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare [sic] costs and increased taxes," Lee wrote. "Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits."

I didn't know people used Obongo in non-ironic terms.


Well, when your so consumed with hatred for a politician that you're willing to come across as a eight year old in the national media, I assume that's how.

I wonder if he cries into his smoothie at night over the election?
 
2013-01-18 11:49:33 AM  
And he'll be the first one to cry foul if the Obama supporters stop shopping there.
 
2013-01-18 11:49:44 AM  

Weaver95: Dimensio: gja: lawsuits in 4....3....2....1

As noted in the article, the owner violated no laws in terminating employees based upon political affiliation.

true...but I hope he doesn't have any competitors 'cause that's one HELL of an advertising campaign right there.  'don't spend money at this asshole's place - come to my establishment, where we don't give a flying f*ck about politics, we focus on delivering a quality product at decent prices and as a bonus, we won't talk about politics AT ALL!'


Depending upon the political demographics of Cedar City, the owner may have in fact increased his business.
 
2013-01-18 11:50:00 AM  
I don't have my GED in law, but political affiliation is not a protected class. I do not believe the fired employees have a case (especially in Utah).

That said, the owner is an asshat and deserves a boycott of his business. Considering again that it's in Utah, it will probably increase his business and he will be forced to hire more employees to keep up.
 
2013-01-18 11:50:26 AM  

bulldg4life: From his actions, he sounds like a goddamn retard...especially if he could fire two employees and still reasonably run his business. Sounds like a motherf*cking stupid business owner if he had these two employees on the payroll for no apparent reason whatsoever.

His words and using "obongo" as some sort of reasonable statement just indicate that he is a racist goddamn retard.

No surprise here.


LOL@racecard
 
2013-01-18 11:50:42 AM  
CSB: I just got a Vitamix 2500.

Its the greatest machine in the history of the kitchen.
 
2013-01-18 11:50:42 AM  
That was in fact, headline fail. Hmmmm...
 
2013-01-18 11:50:50 AM  

Carn: I don't think it's illegal, just incredibly dickish. I wouldn't think his business will last very long if he's this stupid.


Even so, some enterprising lawyer will gladly pick up their case as they attempt a wrongful termination suit.
 
2013-01-18 11:51:17 AM  

Dimensio: Weaver95: Dimensio: gja: lawsuits in 4....3....2....1

As noted in the article, the owner violated no laws in terminating employees based upon political affiliation.

true...but I hope he doesn't have any competitors 'cause that's one HELL of an advertising campaign right there.  'don't spend money at this asshole's place - come to my establishment, where we don't give a flying f*ck about politics, we focus on delivering a quality product at decent prices and as a bonus, we won't talk about politics AT ALL!'

Depending upon the political demographics of Cedar City, the owner may have in fact increased his business.


if I were a small business owner, that's a risk I wouldn't take.  i'd keep national politics out of my store.  that shiat can backfire on you REAL fast.
 
2013-01-18 11:51:29 AM  
I'm now going to move to Florida and start hiring republican retirees, only to fire them every few months while shouting "RERPUBLICUN"
 
2013-01-18 11:51:32 AM  
Maybe the terminated employees will exercise their second amendment rights?
 
2013-01-18 11:51:38 AM  
Well, since Romney is a citizen of the Cayman Islands and Obama is a Christian, who else could they support?

//does that work both directions?
 
2013-01-18 11:51:40 AM  
The fool! By firing his employees without just cause, he's enabling them to go on undefinate unemployment and welfare. He's doing exactly by 0bungalowbob wants!
 
2013-01-18 11:51:43 AM  
The Australian Constitution guarantees "freedom of political expression" - should we borrow an amendment?
 
2013-01-18 11:51:46 AM  
It was obvious something like this was going to happen.

Got one of those storage center places near here, and the sign out front has said "SCREWED NOW" ever since Obama got re-elected. Choosing a side with your business during the election season is one thing, but to keep it up for the foreseeable future just pushes people away from your business. I mean Texas might be conservative central, but wouldnt this shtick get old after a while?
 
2013-01-18 11:51:53 AM  
Have fun paying their unemployment benefits, asswipe.
 
2013-01-18 11:52:12 AM  

SnarfVader: I don't have my GED in law, but political affiliation is not a protected class. I do not believe the fired employees have a case (especially in Utah).

That said, the owner is an asshat and deserves a boycott of his business. Considering again that it's in Utah, it will probably increase his business and he will be forced to hire more employees to keep up.


Hopefully they're conservative this time, don't want to make THAT mistake twice.
 
2013-01-18 11:52:14 AM  

madgonad: Maybe the terminated employees will exercise their second amendment rights?


They shoulda stood their ground.
 
2013-01-18 11:52:21 AM  
The civil lawsuit that ensues is going to be full of lulz.  Just because politics is not a "protected class" doesn't mean it's immune to any/all legal action.
 
2013-01-18 11:52:32 AM  

stirfrybry: LOL@racecard


Do you speak English or just teenager?
 
2013-01-18 11:52:32 AM  
After letting the two part-time contract workers go, Terry Lee Forensics has nine employees who work with local law enforcement and attorneys to retrieve digital data from encrypted computer hard drives. Terry Lee would not release the names of the two part-timers.

He said that in the past couple of years he has had to cut costs as his business has slowed. But he said his accountant recently told him that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, had raised his company's taxes and operating costs. Asked to detail those costs, Lee deferred to his accountant, who could not be reached for comment. Obamacare mandates that only businesses with more than 50 employees be required to insure full-time employees or face penalties.



Sounds like he needed to let two people go, and why not blame that damn n***** in the "White" House?

"Terry Lee Forensics"? Sounds like a hair salon.
 
2013-01-18 11:52:45 AM  
Why do you hate democracy Smoothie Man?
 
2013-01-18 11:52:50 AM  
He should have fired the accountant who told him Obamacare was going to cost his business money.
 
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