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2014-06-25 06:29:41 PM  
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I don't care what they do as long as they get my "Uncle Hershel's favorite" right.
 
2014-06-25 06:41:03 PM  
He admits he's been written up before; two years ago for getting a fountain drink on the job and a second time for giving a cup of coffee to woman. He claims she actually paid for it.

But rules are rules. "It's a rule. They legally can do this because I did break the rule. I completely forgot about it. I am a host at Cracker Barrel with a little above minimum wage job."


As tasty as Cracker Barrel is, I just simply cannot eat there.  I hate that company too much.  Which is saying something - because I'll  shop at the damn Wal-Mart, even though I hate their corporate crap... but I'd have to be really hungry and totally out of options to eat at a Cracker Barrel.
 
2014-06-25 06:45:05 PM  
I'm sorry, but it was not his to give away
 
2014-06-25 06:56:20 PM  

Trance750: I'm sorry, but it was not his to give away


And if you keep feeding them, they only breed.
 
2014-06-25 07:28:50 PM  

Trance750: I'm sorry, but it was not his to give away


While I agree, why not give him the one-time option to pay for it, rather than fire him?
 
2014-06-25 07:33:00 PM  

Pokey.Clyde: While I agree, why not give him the one-time option to pay for it, rather than fire him?


Yep
 
2014-06-25 07:34:25 PM  
Like I needed another reason not to eat at Cracker Barrel.
 
2014-06-25 07:34:30 PM  
This makes me angry.

Fark Cracker Barrel and their crappy overpriced fake 'country' food and gift shop. Fark them hard.
 
2014-06-25 07:39:30 PM  

Pokey.Clyde: Trance750: I'm sorry, but it was not his to give away

While I agree, why not give him the one-time option to pay for it, rather than fire him?


Yeah, I'm thinking along these lines, too.  Even with his past history of giving stuff away, it's a damn muffin.  Write him up, tell him he has to pay the 50 cents or whatever it costs, and make sure he doesn't do it again.

Although if the farker is 73 he should probably to know he should have paid for it in the first place.
 
2014-06-25 07:42:28 PM  
Wait, I completely missed this part:

Late Wednesday, a Cracker Barrel spokesperson released the following statement:
"Mr. Koblenzer has worked as a host at Cracker Barrel's Sarrasota store since April 2011. During the time he was employed, he violated the Company's policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving away free food, on five separate occasions. Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counselings and written warnings reminding him about the company's polices and the consequences associated with violating them. On the fifth occasion, again per Company policy, Mr. Koblenzer was terminated.


Well, fark him then.  Either he's too senile to follow the rules or he's just not a very good employee.
 
2014-06-25 07:49:34 PM  

Lsherm: Pokey.Clyde: Trance750: I'm sorry, but it was not his to give away

While I agree, why not give him the one-time option to pay for it, rather than fire him?

Yeah, I'm thinking along these lines, too.  Even with his past history of giving stuff away, it's a damn muffin.  Write him up, tell him he has to pay the 50 cents or whatever it costs, and make sure he doesn't do it again.

Although if the farker is 73 he should probably to know he should have paid for it in the first place.


Especially since this was not the first time his manager had to talk with him. I have no doubt that his heart was in the right place, but every company has a set of rules for the employees to adhere by
 
2014-06-25 07:52:09 PM  

Lsherm: Well, fark him then. Either he's too senile to follow the rules or he's just not a very good employee.


Or Cracker Barrel has an overly anal-retentive manager working at this location. In my younger days, I never worked someplace that wouldn't let you slide occasionally for slipping a difficult customer a free desert, or grabbing a bite during a lull. Unless you were constantly doing crap like this, it was considered acceptable and normal.
 
2014-06-25 07:53:44 PM  
Shane!?
 
2014-06-25 07:58:32 PM  

Trance750: Lsherm: Pokey.Clyde: Trance750: I'm sorry, but it was not his to give away

While I agree, why not give him the one-time option to pay for it, rather than fire him?

Yeah, I'm thinking along these lines, too.  Even with his past history of giving stuff away, it's a damn muffin.  Write him up, tell him he has to pay the 50 cents or whatever it costs, and make sure he doesn't do it again.

Although if the farker is 73 he should probably to know he should have paid for it in the first place.

Especially since this was not the first time his manager had to talk with him. I have no doubt that his heart was in the right place, but every company has a set of rules for the employees to adhere by


 Giving someone a refill on a coffee, having a soda on his break time that's 2? Giving away a condiment packet of mayo ----that's 3, giving away the tarter sauce, That's 4...The Muffin...FIVE.
I'm surprised they didn't count the napkin.

It was a dick move by the Manager to even bring this to light; most managers except for those with severe case of assholeitis...wouldn't give a fark such little thing.
 
2014-06-25 08:18:37 PM  
I'm amazed that places like that still haven't figured out how to handle these things where they don't turn into a PR shiatstorm. You write him up yet one more time, watch him like a hawk, then fire his ass for the next slightest infraction that doesn't involve something the internet can latch onto.
 
2014-06-25 08:39:03 PM  
Maybe I'm just a bad businessman, but good for him.  A muffin isn't a big deal, and maybe you can turn it into good PR.
 
2014-06-25 08:39:14 PM  
Practicing your social and/or religious imperative to feed the poor on someone else's dime is pretty farking stupid.
 
2014-06-25 08:39:44 PM  
Cracka,please!
 
2014-06-25 08:42:39 PM  

optikeye: This makes me angry.

Fark Cracker Barrel and their crappy overpriced fake 'country' food and gift shop. Fark them hard.


You may not like it, but it's not "fake."  Country folk fully embrace the Cracker Barrel down here--they are always packed.
 
2014-06-25 08:43:31 PM  
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2014-06-25 08:44:00 PM  

Beerguy: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 600x359]

I don't care what they do as long as they get my "Uncle Hershel's favorite" right.


What's the white glop in the two bowls on the left?
 
2014-06-25 08:45:32 PM  
I hope to hell this isn't also a hoax.  There have been too many.

Most places I have seen have allowed the employees to pay for things they give away.  And a few, have allowed employees to give away a few things, for well good customer service and the likes.

Cracker Barrel is grateful for and honors Mr. Koblenzer's service to our country as we honor all service men and women and their families, unless you give away one frikken muffin, then we hope you rot in hell.
 
2014-06-25 08:46:00 PM  

peacheslatour: Beerguy: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 600x359]

I don't care what they do as long as they get my "Uncle Hershel's favorite" right.

What's the white glop in the two bowls on the left?


Pffft... city boys...
 
2014-06-25 08:48:09 PM  
The free muffins they put a mountain of on every table and end up throwing 500 away each day?

Oh noes, how will they make money????
 
2014-06-25 08:48:53 PM  
HOLY SHIAT, FIVE SEPARATE TIMES! IN THREE YEARS! THAT'S MORE THAN ONCE A YEAR! HOLY F*CK!! HANG THAT SON OF A BIATCH!

And also hang you motherf*ckers saying piously "Well, they have rules and he's supposed to follow them." Cracker Barrel probably throws out more food in an afternoon than this guy gave out in total. Blindly following rules is for soldiers, not people. And sometimes not even then. You blindly follow rules in life-or-death situations where following rules will save your life. Not because it's not company policy to hand out a free muffin or cup of coffee now and then.
 
2014-06-25 08:50:01 PM  

ElLoco: I'm amazed that places like that still haven't figured out how to handle these things where they don't turn into a PR shiatstorm. You write him up yet one more time, watch him like a hawk, then fire his ass for the next slightest infraction that doesn't involve something the internet can latch onto.


...or you do the right thing, and figure out how to better harness his efforts for community good will and positive PR to promote the business.
 
2014-06-25 08:50:51 PM  

SphericalTime: Maybe I'm just a bad businessman, but good for him.  A muffin isn't a big deal, and maybe you can turn it into good PR.


Yup. Sit him down, tell him you agree with what he did, but the books need to balance, so how's he going to make that happen? No need to fire the guy, I'm sure he'd cough up the couple of bucks if necessary. Or the manager, if he's not a total dick, could cover it out of his discretionary account and tell the guy to keep the freebies under control. Not everything needs to be black and white, as long as you're not a jerk about it.
 
2014-06-25 08:50:56 PM  
"Dragline: He ain't in the box because of the joke played on him. He back-sassed a free man. They got their rules. We ain't got nothin' to do with that. Would probably have happened to him sooner or later anyway - a complainer like him. He gotta learn the rules the same as anybody else. 

Luke: Yeah, them poor old Bosses need all the help they can get."
 
2014-06-25 08:52:18 PM  
Kraft sells Cracker Barrel brand cheese in supermarkets. One ingredient of that cheese is an anti-fungal agent. I've never seen that in cheese before.  Or anywhere actually. The Wikipedia article claims it's common, but I read labels and I've simply never seen it anywhere else.
 
2014-06-25 08:52:45 PM  

netcentric: Pffft... city boys...


No you stupid hick, it is not Pffft city boys
It is grits and gravy
 
2014-06-25 08:53:06 PM  
$.45 is a big deal

Not getting it will result in a loss

Cant have that for job creators now can we?
 
2014-06-25 08:53:49 PM  
Well, to be fair, you know those homeless are just like pigeons. There would have been five more there by morning.
 
2014-06-25 08:54:01 PM  
Country folk do not have a fit about giving away food. In fact, if they can spare it, they will gladly guilt you into taking it.
 
2014-06-25 08:54:18 PM  
imagine that.  good deed goes punished.  welcome to the real core of humanity.
 
2014-06-25 08:55:37 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Practicing your social and/or religious imperative to feed the poor on someone else's dime is pretty farking stupid.


 Yep, he's a dumb fark.
 
2014-06-25 08:55:47 PM  

Lsherm: Wait, I completely missed this part:

Late Wednesday, a Cracker Barrel spokesperson released the following statement:
"Mr. Koblenzer has worked as a host at Cracker Barrel's Sarrasota store since April 2011. During the time he was employed, he violated the Company's policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving away free food, on five separate occasions. Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counselings and written warnings reminding him about the company's polices and the consequences associated with violating them. On the fifth occasion, again per Company policy, Mr. Koblenzer was terminated.

Well, fark him then.  Either he's too senile to follow the rules or he's just not a very good employee.


Indeed. Get a rope.

www.fwweekly.com
 
2014-06-25 08:56:06 PM  
Is this "Cracker Barrel" pretty much a high-end Waffle House?

/ I'm not Southern
// ...and my part of the country has neither one.
/// everything I know regarding Waffle House is from reading FARK threads....
 
2014-06-25 08:56:07 PM  
I know someone who got fired from a gas station once for giving food, that otherwise would have been thrown out, to a homeless guy.  More than that, they took him to court for "embezzlement".  He didn't go to the media though (He should have).
 
2014-06-25 08:56:34 PM  

Pokey.Clyde: Lsherm: Well, fark him then. Either he's too senile to follow the rules or he's just not a very good employee.

Or Cracker Barrel has an overly anal-retentive manager working at this location. In my younger days, I never worked someplace that wouldn't let you slide occasionally for slipping a difficult customer a free desert, or grabbing a bite during a lull. Unless you were constantly doing crap like this, it was considered acceptable and normal.


Actually, it sounds like he was constantly doing crap like this all the time. While it sounds like the company is being overly harsh, where do you draw the line? After 5 times which is how many times they warned him? 10 times? 20? What if it every employee gave away free muffins to every homeless person at every store? Do they make an exception just for him and discipline all other employees! That's a lawsuit for sure. So the only solution for the bleeding hearts out there are that the company should allow all employees in every store to give out unlimited free muffins to every homeless person at every store. Otherwise, if they have different standards, it's a lawsuit.

So what should the company do? Realistically? Not a rainbows and unicorns solution, but a solution that works in the real world. A solution that doesn't result in the company being sued by its own employees for selective enforcement of the rules. A solution that doesn't result in the company giving away millions of dollars of free muffins across a thousand stores. A solution that doesn't result in homeless people filling the parking lot with homeless people looking for free muffins and driving away paying customers.

Well?
 
2014-06-25 08:59:55 PM  
Corporate Country Kitsch; same crap where ever you go, but that's America for you - not comfortable unless it's familiar, no matter how contrived.

Pro Tip: The Cracker Barrel in ABQ NM is an awesome place to watch the October Balloon Siesta and not have to venture into the Hell Hole.
 
2014-06-25 09:00:10 PM  

JungleBoogie: Kraft sells Cracker Barrel brand cheese in supermarkets. One ingredient of that cheese is an anti-fungal agent. I've never seen that in cheese before.  Or anywhere actually. The Wikipedia article claims it's common, but I read labels and I've simply never seen it anywhere else.


But you have eaten it, natamycin has been used in foods for eons, especially dairy...  And it is a natural agent...
 
2014-06-25 09:01:02 PM  

Lsherm: Wait, I completely missed this part:

Late Wednesday, a Cracker Barrel spokesperson released the following statement:
"Mr. Koblenzer has worked as a host at Cracker Barrel's Sarasota store since April 2011. During the time he was employed, he violated the Company's policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving away free food, on five separate occasions. Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counselings and written warnings reminding him about the company's polices and the consequences associated with violating them. On the fifth occasion, again per Company policy, Mr. Koblenzer was terminated.

Well, fark him then.  Either he's too senile to follow the rules or he's just not a very good employee.


I'd guess the latter. Being written up on five separate occasions means you chronically don't give a shiat about the rules, and he admitted that he knew that what he did was against the rules. He gave away things that didn't belong to him on multiple occasions after being warned multiple times. That's not "morally the right thing to do". "Morally the right thing to do" would be to ask your manager to take a couple bucks out of your pay.
 
2014-06-25 09:01:27 PM  

JungleBoogie: Kraft sells Cracker Barrel brand cheese in supermarkets. One ingredient of that cheese is an anti-fungal agent. I've never seen that in cheese before.  Or anywhere actually. The Wikipedia article claims it's common, but I read labels and I've simply never seen it anywhere else.


Just so you know Kraft's Cracker Barrel cheese has nothing to do whatsoever with the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain. The cheese has been around for at least 60 years and the restaurant was founded in 1969.
 
2014-06-25 09:01:56 PM  

fight club: Pokey.Clyde: Lsherm: Well, fark him then. Either he's too senile to follow the rules or he's just not a very good employee.

Or Cracker Barrel has an overly anal-retentive manager working at this location. In my younger days, I never worked someplace that wouldn't let you slide occasionally for slipping a difficult customer a free desert, or grabbing a bite during a lull. Unless you were constantly doing crap like this, it was considered acceptable and normal.

Actually, it sounds like he was constantly doing crap like this all the time. While it sounds like the company is being overly harsh, where do you draw the line? After 5 times which is how many times they warned him? 10 times? 20? What if it every employee gave away free muffins to every homeless person at every store? Do they make an exception just for him and discipline all other employees! That's a lawsuit for sure. So the only solution for the bleeding hearts out there are that the company should allow all employees in every store to give out unlimited free muffins to every homeless person at every store. Otherwise, if they have different standards, it's a lawsuit.

So what should the company do? Realistically? Not a rainbows and unicorns solution, but a solution that works in the real world. A solution that doesn't result in the company being sued by its own employees for selective enforcement of the rules. A solution that doesn't result in the company giving away millions of dollars of free muffins across a thousand stores. A solution that doesn't result in homeless people filling the parking lot with homeless people looking for free muffins and driving away paying customers.

Well?


They should give away free muffins to anybody who wants them.

Anybody except you, that is, because fark you, that's why.
 
2014-06-25 09:05:03 PM  
I know this is a feelgood, happy cause, giving away food to the homeless, but large restaurant chains like this HAVE to have rules like this, or their employees will be giving away food and drinks to friends and family nonstop.

If it were definitely only homeless people the employees gave free stuff to it wouldn't be an issue, but if it were ALLOWED, that's not what would happen.
 
2014-06-25 09:05:57 PM  

Slackfumasta: fight club: Pokey.Clyde: Lsherm: Well, fark him then. Either he's too senile to follow the rules or he's just not a very good employee.

Or Cracker Barrel has an overly anal-retentive manager working at this location. In my younger days, I never worked someplace that wouldn't let you slide occasionally for slipping a difficult customer a free desert, or grabbing a bite during a lull. Unless you were constantly doing crap like this, it was considered acceptable and normal.

Actually, it sounds like he was constantly doing crap like this all the time. While it sounds like the company is being overly harsh, where do you draw the line? After 5 times which is how many times they warned him? 10 times? 20? What if it every employee gave away free muffins to every homeless person at every store? Do they make an exception just for him and discipline all other employees! That's a lawsuit for sure. So the only solution for the bleeding hearts out there are that the company should allow all employees in every store to give out unlimited free muffins to every homeless person at every store. Otherwise, if they have different standards, it's a lawsuit.

So what should the company do? Realistically? Not a rainbows and unicorns solution, but a solution that works in the real world. A solution that doesn't result in the company being sued by its own employees for selective enforcement of the rules. A solution that doesn't result in the company giving away millions of dollars of free muffins across a thousand stores. A solution that doesn't result in homeless people filling the parking lot with homeless people looking for free muffins and driving away paying customers.

Well?

They should give away free muffins to anybody who wants them.

Anybody except you, that is, because fark you, that's why.


You sure are generous with other people's money. If you don't run a free soup kitchen out of you own business, you are a farking hypocrite.
 
2014-06-25 09:06:09 PM  

Gyrfalcon: HOLY SHIAT, FIVE SEPARATE TIMES! IN THREE YEARS! THAT'S MORE THAN ONCE A YEAR! HOLY F*CK!! HANG THAT SON OF A BIATCH!

And also hang you motherf*ckers saying piously "Well, they have rules and he's supposed to follow them." Cracker Barrel probably throws out more food in an afternoon than this guy gave out in total. Blindly following rules is for soldiers, not people. And sometimes not even then. You blindly follow rules in life-or-death situations where following rules will save your life. Not because it's not company policy to hand out a free muffin or cup of coffee now and then.


He's a veteran, so he should know better.

/am i doing it right?
 
2014-06-25 09:12:00 PM  

Harry_Seldon: ElLoco: I'm amazed that places like that still haven't figured out how to handle these things where they don't turn into a PR shiatstorm. You write him up yet one more time, watch him like a hawk, then fire his ass for the next slightest infraction that doesn't involve something the internet can latch onto.

...or you do the right thing, and figure out how to better harness his efforts for community good will and positive PR to promote the business.


Given his non-satisfactory work history, they did the 'right thing' by letting him go, but they did it in the wrong manner. Look... I feel for the guy and appreciate his motives, but you simply cannot take other people's shiat and give it to someone else who can't afford it unless you're a Congressman. The dude got canned, lesson probably not learned/remembered, and we move on.
 
2014-06-25 09:13:34 PM  
Worked at a Cracker Barrel for 5 years awhile back. Don't remember them being any more strict about this stuff than any other restaurant was/is.
 
2014-06-25 09:14:38 PM  

HindiDiscoMonster: we should definitely blame him for his own senility... he shouldn't have become senile in the first place.


If he's so senile he's going to continue to give away things that aren't his, then he's too senile to do the job (provided it's senility and not just an inability to follow the rules).  That's not "blaming" him.  Would you let a mentally handicapped person repair an airplane because you didn't want to "blame" them for their disability?
 
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