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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Employee at Whole Foods fired for calling off work because Chicago Public Schools called a snow day and she had to stay at home and take care of her special needs child. Shockingly, the uppity hipster outrage has yet to start   (suntimes.com) divider line 20
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2014-02-05 08:29:07 PM
4 votes:

fusillade762: I'd also like to know why "special needs" is in quotation marks.


Because the author doesn't really believe that the child is retarded.
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2014-02-05 08:29:54 PM
3 votes:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: The only good thing about Whole Foods is the employees. Corporate sucks, and the clientele by and large suck.


What about the food? Is it any good? I heard it's better than Partial Foods.
2014-02-06 05:17:50 AM
2 votes:
The 47 Percenters get no respect.

i1.wp.com
2014-02-05 08:31:25 PM
2 votes:
FROM THE COMMENTS

Knox8 minutes ago
"...working single mothers need a little bit of leniency and understanding."

It's a uterus, not a "Get Out of Work" card.
2014-02-05 06:49:47 PM
2 votes:
Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
2014-02-05 10:30:38 PM
1 votes:

fusillade762: Seconded. I'd also like to know why "special needs" is in quotation marks.


We don't know how special those needs are.  Maybe they weren't special at all?  Or maybe they weren't really needs, but just "special preferences".  For instance I like my iced tea without lemon -- it's special, but more of a preference than a need.
2014-02-05 10:22:28 PM
1 votes:

bigdog1960: bigdog1960: Illinois is full of prices. I don't know why, I had to leave.

Pricks damn auto correct


Say what you will about Illinois pricks - at least they have an ethos.
2014-02-05 10:12:00 PM
1 votes:

bigdog1960: Illinois is full of prices. I don't know why, I had to leave.


Pricks damn auto correct
2014-02-05 09:58:02 PM
1 votes:
What I'm taking away from this thread is my decision to never have kids was one of the best life choices I've ever made.
2014-02-05 09:43:10 PM
1 votes:

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Back in the late 80's, the company I worked for instituted a policy of "flexibility" for parents, in the name of supporting Working Families.  It quickly devolved into one massive excuse for parents to be absent at the drop of a hat and push all of their work off on the single and non-parent workers.  Within six months, there was a revolt by those of us being forced to pick up the slack as our 'family-minded' co-workers massively abused the system, and the whole thing was scrapped.

Yeah, sucks you have a kid who needs you.  But the terms of your job are not different because you're a parent.


The single people are worse than the parents at my job. Every Monday, half of them are gone. One has called in crazy and been out on FMLA four out of five days for the last three weeks. Another one is fat and lazy, and catches every germ that goes around.
My anecdote is superior to your anecdote.


/neener
2014-02-05 09:42:39 PM
1 votes:
This thread...

It's like every sexless  Aspergerkid that ever put a gun on his screen saver at my job, and tried to talk about women during lunch....


/comedy gold
2014-02-05 09:36:53 PM
1 votes:

lordjupiter: Anyone who's ever managed large groups of hourly service employees will tell you there's always at least one that will take every single opportunity to show up late, leave early, or just not come in.  Some have kids they use as constant excuses, others have perpetual "car trouble", and so forth.  These people ALWAYS leave everyone else in a tight spot and even if they apologize they still keep doing it.


Used to work at a place where you didn't get any points until you were 10 minutes late.  Had a co-worker who was 5-9 minutes late every farking day.  Always some kind of excuse.  Alley was blocked, accident on the freeway, power went out, etc.  As I told him; "You're 5-9 minutes late every day.  Every Day.  That means you're making a choice not to be here on time.  Your excuses are bullshiat, and you need to set your alarm 15 minutes earlier."  Of course, about every 1-2 weeks something would happen to make him more than 10 minutes late and he accumulated points right up to a final notice, at which time he tried to play the "No one ever told me I could be fired for this!" card.  It didn't work.  Then he started to play the FLMA card, for vague 'medical issues', and being out for days and weeks at a time.  He still farked that up to the point of being fired.  (Even FLMA has it's limits)

In the mean time, I had moved on to a much better job.  He wanted in and I wouldn't give him a reference, but he managed to get an interview anyway.  He told them in the interview that he had been fired for absenteeism.  From pretty much every job he'd ever had.

Then was shocked!  SHOCKED I TELL YOU! That they straight up told him they weren't interested.

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2014-02-05 09:21:50 PM
1 votes:

Revek: Gecko Gingrich: "Everyone has personal reasons or unexpected events that occasionally cause us to be late or miss work; recognizing this, our attendance policy in the Midwest region of Whole Foods Market is designed to provide support for our team members when these things happen. This includes a combination of excused and unexcused absences to provide the most flexibility," Phelps said in a statement. "Excused absences include illness (with a note from a medical provider), death in the family, jury duty, catastrophic events or city-wide weather disasters. Each team member is allowed up to five unexcused absences or 'points,' in a six-month period. No singular attendance event would cause a team member to be separated, and excused absences are not included in the 'points' system. Team members approaching their limit of unexcused absences receive warnings and reminders, and those who exceed their limit are separated."

read: this was not her fist time...or second time...or third...fourth...well, let's just say she has a habit of calling out

Yeah because she has a kid who needs to be taken care of and probably not one daycare that will.  I always imagine someone like you at 80 alone and just wishing someone cared enough to end your life because your to much of a coward to do it yourself.


Roe V Wade. She made a choice.
2014-02-05 09:11:46 PM
1 votes:
"Excused absences include illness (with a note from a medical provider)"

God that shiat pisses me right the fark off.  If you're too sick to go to work for a day or two, stay the fark home and get better.  Goddamn doctors will tell you the same thing.

If I'm too sick to go to work, the very last thing I want to do is go out to some doctor's office, fill out paperwork, then sit around and wait forever with other sick people only to be told I should go home and get some rest.  I would much rather go to work and pass my illness on to the farking retards that implement such a policy.

Thank farking god I don't have to do that stupid shiat where I work.

/ Oh, and TFA is a non-story
2014-02-05 08:43:57 PM
1 votes:

RyansPrivates: Read the policy again, city-wide weather disasters are supposed to  excusedabsences.



Here's how I fark:  I skip the articles, go directly to the comments, and do my best to infer the content and accuracy of the article from Farker comments.

Isn't that how everyone around here does it?
2014-02-05 08:41:01 PM
1 votes:
Subby sounds poor and stupid and jealous. But mostly stupid. And stupid. Did I mention stupid?
2014-02-05 08:34:17 PM
1 votes:

zedster: Gecko Gingrich: "Everyone has personal reasons or unexpected events that occasionally cause us to be late or miss work; recognizing this, our attendance policy in the Midwest region of Whole Foods Market is designed to provide support for our team members when these things happen. This includes a combination of excused and unexcused absences to provide the most flexibility," Phelps said in a statement. "Excused absences include illness (with a note from a medical provider), death in the family, jury duty, catastrophic events or city-wide weather disasters. Each team member is allowed up to five unexcused absences or 'points,' in a six-month period. No singular attendance event would cause a team member to be separated, and excused absences are not included in the 'points' system. Team members approaching their limit of unexcused absences receive warnings and reminders, and those who exceed their limit are separated."

read: this was not her fist time...or second time...or third...fourth...well, let's just say she has a habit of calling out

So say she had 4 missed days in 5 months, Chicago has two days of no school and she has to look after her son. Boom! Fired.

To say the public schools closing due to weather is not a city wide weather alert seems disingenuous no?


I feel for her because that's probably the case, but I'd really like to punch people who so abuse the system that the stupid "points" system needs to be invented in the first place.  I worked a long time ago at a federal contractor that did construction and IT work, and because the construction workers were such profoundly poor employees we all had to adhere to the point system even if we were salaried.  Those guys would call in sick from the goddamn bar,with the background noise going, at 10am when they were supposed to show up at 7.  We would go meet them for lunch.

It gave me a real appreciation for Hyattsville, MD, which at the time was probably the 3rd shiattiest part of the DC area.  I don't even know if it was legal to serve liquor before noon and I doubt the bar owners did, either.  It was just a sea of construction workers drinking at any given point during the day.  But come quitting time?  That's when you go home!  These guys would lie to their boss and their families just for an opportunity to get drunk during the day.
2014-02-05 08:09:17 PM
1 votes:

Gecko Gingrich: read: this was not her fist time


Because if it had been her fist time, it would have most likely been excused.
2014-02-05 07:06:04 PM
1 votes:

Gecko Gingrich: "Everyone has personal reasons or unexpected events that occasionally cause us to be late or miss work; recognizing this, our attendance policy in the Midwest region of Whole Foods Market is designed to provide support for our team members when these things happen. This includes a combination of excused and unexcused absences to provide the most flexibility," Phelps said in a statement. "Excused absences include illness (with a note from a medical provider), death in the family, jury duty, catastrophic events or city-wide weather disasters. Each team member is allowed up to five unexcused absences or 'points,' in a six-month period. No singular attendance event would cause a team member to be separated, and excused absences are not included in the 'points' system. Team members approaching their limit of unexcused absences receive warnings and reminders, and those who exceed their limit are separated."

read: this was not her fist time...or second time...or third...fourth...well, let's just say she has a habit of calling out


Oopsie.

Those damn facts keep getting in the way of a good faux-outrage screechathon.
2014-02-05 06:55:22 PM
1 votes:
That seems pretty consistent for Whole Foods, seeing as how they have a union-busting Ayn Randite as their CEO.
 
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