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(The Sun (Ireland))   Bakery worker fired after 44 years of service ... for breaching shop's Covid-19 rules ... after accepting cash to help elderly customers   (thesun.ie) divider line
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2 days ago  
Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...
 
2 days ago  
Working at the same small bakery for 44 years sounds really depressing. Hopefully the woman finds something better to do.
 
TWX [TotalFark]
2 days ago  

FlyingBacon: Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...


Yeah, it's a federal case from something that happened in central England.
 
TWX [TotalFark]
2 days ago  

FlyingBacon: Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...


And on top of that, even if it happened in the United States, the purpose of the law is to prevent someone from saying they won't accept US Currency for an existing debt and now requires literal gold to satisfy the debt.

A bakery selling items collect-on-delivery is not in the situation.  Transaction at the time of purchase they're allowed to accept whatever they want.

If your "logic" held, then Costco couldn't sell gasoline at the pump because there's no means for a cash transaction.
 
2 days ago  
Person sacked for breaking rules. This is news... why?
 
2 days ago  
It's almost like there's this global pandemic going on or something.
 
2 days ago  

FlyingBacon: Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...


I see your reading comprehension skills really aided you in getting that GED in law.
 
2 days ago  
I think it's stupid, but it's even more stupid to defy rules set up with express intent to protect people from a deadly virus. You just follow the rules and do it. Let the owners know about the problem and maybe they can mail them a bill instead?

If it's not your business, just follow what they say. It ain't hard.
 
2 days ago  

TWX: FlyingBacon: Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...

And on top of that, even if it happened in the United States, the purpose of the law is to prevent someone from saying they won't accept US Currency for an existing debt and now requires literal gold to satisfy the debt.

A bakery selling items collect-on-delivery is not in the situation.  Transaction at the time of purchase they're allowed to accept whatever they want.

If your "logic" held, then Costco couldn't sell gasoline at the pump because there's no means for a cash transaction.


On Costco, you pay cash for a gift card and go from there.
 
2 days ago  
This looks like a case of "we've been looking for a way to get rid of her".  If she were a valued employee, they would have talked to her about it and told her not to do it again. If she were a somewhat bad employee, they would have told her not to do it again,THEN fired her when she did it again.  Guessing she makes way more than they like to pay a clerk, because of those 44 years of service.

This screams of a boss saying, "FINALLY!  Got 'er!"
 
2 days ago  

FlashHarry: Person sacked for breaking rules. This is news... why?


Probably because she broke the rules in order to help someone.
 
2 days ago  

Benevolent Misanthrope: This looks like a case of "we've been looking for a way to get rid of her".  If she were a valued employee, they would have talked to her about it and told her not to do it again. If she were a somewhat bad employee, they would have told her not to do it again,THEN fired her when she did it again.  Guessing she makes way more than they like to pay a clerk, because of those 44 years of service.

This screams of a boss saying, "FINALLY!  Got 'er!"


Sounds plausible, except for the part where this happened in Not 'Murica.
 
2 days ago  

King Something: Benevolent Misanthrope: This looks like a case of "we've been looking for a way to get rid of her".  If she were a valued employee, they would have talked to her about it and told her not to do it again. If she were a somewhat bad employee, they would have told her not to do it again,THEN fired her when she did it again.  Guessing she makes way more than they like to pay a clerk, because of those 44 years of service.

This screams of a boss saying, "FINALLY!  Got 'er!"

Sounds plausible, except for the part where this happened in Not 'Murica.


You think there are no bad bosses in England?
 
2 days ago  

Benevolent Misanthrope: King Something: Benevolent Misanthrope: This looks like a case of "we've been looking for a way to get rid of her".  If she were a valued employee, they would have talked to her about it and told her not to do it again. If she were a somewhat bad employee, they would have told her not to do it again,THEN fired her when she did it again.  Guessing she makes way more than they like to pay a clerk, because of those 44 years of service.

This screams of a boss saying, "FINALLY!  Got 'er!"

Sounds plausible, except for the part where this happened in Not 'Murica.

You think there are no bad bosses in England?


Oh, I'm sure there are. There are in literally every country in the world -- human nature and all that.

It's just that it doesn't really happen as often in most other countries as it does in the US. 'Murica and all that.

Penis.
 
2 days ago  

King Something: FlashHarry: Person sacked for breaking rules. This is news... why?

Probably because she broke the rules in order to help someone.


Every time your mom supplies meth to someone who really needs meth, she's helping someone
 
2 days ago  
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2 days ago  

King Something: FlashHarry: Person sacked for breaking rules. This is news... why?

Probably because she broke the rules in order to help someone.


How would Farkistan feel if she helped out some old folks who weren't wearing masks?

Granted, that's USDA grade A whataboutism but it's essentially the same thing.  She broke a rule that was put in place to help stop the spread of a deadly disease.

Boofarkityhoo
 
2 days ago  
Follow the rules or you're out of a job. Simple as that.
 
2 days ago  
Never do anything nice for anyone. It will always come back to bite you in the ass.
 
2 days ago  
Cash can easily be sanitized many ways. A small spray bottle of 70% alcohol solution is a handy thing to have these days.
 
2 days ago  

Benevolent Misanthrope: This looks like a case of "we've been looking for a way to get rid of her".  If she were a valued employee, they would have talked to her about it and told her not to do it again. If she were a somewhat bad employee, they would have told her not to do it again,THEN fired her when she did it again.  Guessing she makes way more than they like to pay a clerk, because of those 44 years of service.

This screams of a boss saying, "FINALLY!  Got 'er!"


Talk about cutting off you nose to spite your face. Some people are just...like that....I guess.
 
2 days ago  

fragMasterFlash: Cash can easily be sanitized many ways. A small spray bottle of 70% alcohol solution is a handy thing to have these days.


in the UK they use polymer banknotes, which are even easier to clean. That said, my grandparents had bank cards for as long as I could remember and would be older than these old people if they were still alive, why are these old people so against having one? They really are a safer way to pay.
 
2 days ago  
I hope there's some schadenfreude backlash where they lose 50% of their business from bad PR. Then a follow-up where they apologize publicly and rehire her without losing any of her previous benefits, etc. The only language they speak is money, so hurt them there.

/dnrtfa
 
2 days ago  

FlashHarry: Person sacked for breaking rules. This is news... why?


Fake news.
Plague rat sympathy fairy tale from the Sun.
 
2 days ago  
Issue was she probably did it a bunch, £180 is a decent amount of baked goods. I'm sure there was signs saying no cards. Went to a restaurant with card only, annoying but advertised. Extra annoyed they had a tip jar for cash.
 
2 days ago  
How many do they have, were they posted at every entrance, were they in different languages, and how legible were they?

Old lawyer barrister trick - blame the victim.
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2 days ago  
Every store cashier here use these and except cash
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2 days ago  

flemardo: Issue was she probably did it a bunch, £180 is a decent amount of baked goods. I'm sure there was signs saying no cards. Went to a restaurant with card only, annoying but advertised. Extra annoyed they had a tip jar for cash.


Plus the card company takes a fee for each transaction too, no?  So technically she's pocketing the difference, miniscule as it is.
 
2 days ago  

TWX: FlyingBacon: Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...

And on top of that, even if it happened in the United States, the purpose of the law is to prevent someone from saying they won't accept US Currency for an existing debt and now requires literal gold to satisfy the debt.

A bakery selling items collect-on-delivery is not in the situation.  Transaction at the time of purchase they're allowed to accept whatever they want.

If your "logic" held, then Costco couldn't sell gasoline at the pump because there's no means for a cash transaction.


Being that Costco is a subscriber-based system, your cash won't work anyway if you're not a member. I think the cash as the only means to pay a debt went away with Pre-pay before fueling introduction.
 
2 days ago  
King Something:

American education puts the whole. Idea that you guys have to be #1 in everything.

Most erotic beheadings will always belong to Niue
 
2 days ago  

FlyingBacon: Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...


Even if this happened in the US, there is no federal requirement that private businesses or individuals are required to take cash.

There are states that have mandated it though, three I believe...
 
2 days ago  
Many companies find a way to shed older employees before they need to tap their health insurance in major ways. Especially if they've reached the top of the pay scale but are slowing down. Loyalty doesn't matter. I once heard of a chain that fired a long-time employee for being one minute late back from lunch, about a week after she turned 62.

At the company I worked for they offered over 3,000 employees that had ten or more years in and were 55 or older an exit package, even though experience is extremely important in this business. The reason? "To make room for Millennials" (cheaper). About half the offered group saw the writing on the wall and took the package. A few months later, those that chose to stay were 'laid off'.
 
2 days ago  

NotThatGuyAgain: King Something: FlashHarry: Person sacked for breaking rules. This is news... why?

Probably because she broke the rules in order to help someone.

How would Farkistan feel if she helped out some old folks who weren't wearing masks?

Granted, that's USDA grade A whataboutism but it's essentially the same thing.  She broke a rule that was put in place to help stop the spread of a deadly disease.

Boofarkityhoo


If they're already in the store, wouldn't it make more sense to make sure they understand the rule for next time but still sell to them? I mean, it's not like not selling to them changes the fact that they've been in the store, breathing their toxic germs and getting their grubby mitts all over everything already.
 
2 days ago  

flemardo: Issue was she probably did it a bunch, £180 is a decent amount of baked goods. I'm sure there was signs saying no cards. Went to a restaurant with card only, annoying but advertised. Extra annoyed they had a tip jar for cash.


I had to read TFA again because who would buy #180 (US keyboard, lol) of baked goods?  That's a lot.

She accepted around £180 in cash from customers and then used her debit card to pay for the transactions.

Reminds me of the guys who would always volunteer to pay for meals on business trips.  "I'm filing an expense report anyhow."  yeah, and collecting "air miles" and points from the credit card company.

To be truthful, i thought it was brilliant and damned if I didn't start doing it.
 
2 days ago  

drjekel_mrhyde: Every store cashier here use these and except cash
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Who doesn't use their hands to count cash?
 
2 days ago  

FlyingBacon: Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...


Did you read TFA?
 
2 days ago  

FlyingBacon: Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...


Every time I fly Southwest they explicitly say they don't accept cash.
 
2 days ago  
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
 
1 day ago  
If you're worried about it spreading on surfaces, cash is probably safer at this point than the keypads on those POS machines that are touched by hundreds of people a day.
 
1 day ago  
Looks like "It's a pandemic, tough shiat old person" is pitching a shutout in this thread.
 
1 day ago  
While i can understand why they fired her, i think it's a bit of an overreaction, they should have just reprimanded her and told her if she did ti again she would be terminated on the spot.

There is a place between doing nothing and the nuclear option.   That said this may have been a case of the company finding a convenient way to shed a long time employee so they can replace her with a younger cheaper one.
 
1 day ago  

FlyingBacon: Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...


Paper money produced by the federal gov.

Sounds like an easy case.
 
1 day ago  

Benevolent Misanthrope: This looks like a case of "we've been looking for a way to get rid of her".  If she were a valued employee, they would have talked to her about it and told her not to do it again. If she were a somewhat bad employee, they would have told her not to do it again,THEN fired her when she did it again.  Guessing she makes way more than they like to pay a clerk, because of those 44 years of service.

This screams of a boss saying, "FINALLY!  Got 'er!"


The ownership society is very serious abt the little people following the law.
 
1 day ago  

King Something: FlashHarry: Person sacked for breaking rules. This is news... why?

Probably because she broke the rules in order to help someone.


The only ones u help in a state capitalist system are the owners.
 
1 day ago  

FlashHarry: Person sacked for breaking rules. This is news... why?


It must be exhausting being you.
 
1 day ago  

drjekel_mrhyde: Every store cashier here use these and except cash
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This is very effective because gloves kill 99.999% of pathogens on contact.
 
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1 day ago  

fanbladesaresharp: TWX: FlyingBacon: Against the law to ban paper money.  Federal case in 4... 3... 2...

And on top of that, even if it happened in the United States, the purpose of the law is to prevent someone from saying they won't accept US Currency for an existing debt and now requires literal gold to satisfy the debt.

A bakery selling items collect-on-delivery is not in the situation.  Transaction at the time of purchase they're allowed to accept whatever they want.

If your "logic" held, then Costco couldn't sell gasoline at the pump because there's no means for a cash transaction.

Being that Costco is a subscriber-based system, your cash won't work anyway if you're not a member. I think the cash as the only means to pay a debt went away with Pre-pay before fueling introduction.


The local Kroger subsidiary also runs gas stations.  The convenience stores associated with the stations are closed during third-shift, but the pumps are open for gas sales plastic-only, pay-at-pump during this time.  No membership necessary.
 
1 day ago  

drjekel_mrhyde: Every store cashier here use these and except cash
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except cash, they only accept credit cards?
 
1 day ago  

eurotrader: Working at the same small bakery for 44 years sounds really depressing. Hopefully the woman finds something better to do.


I've met a few people who have jobs like this (the lady who waited tables at the Bel-Loc Diner in Parkville, MD for 40 years, the guy that works at the Ace Hardware in Cockeysville, MD and has been there for 30 years, and the cook who has been at Penny's Diner in Sharon Springs, KS for 25 years are the first few that come to mind) and they love what they do. They like working with their customers. They see their co-workers as a sort of family. I would bet that this lady was like that and the thought of doing something else never crossed her mind.

Honestly, I'll take dealing with workers who obviously enjoy what they do, over people who piss and moan when you ask them what aisle the peanut butter is in, any day.

Do something you love and it isn't work.

/The Bel-Loc Diner is now a Starbucks... sad
 
1 day ago  
She finally made a fateful mistake. They'd been trying to find a legitimate reason for firing her since she turned 40, but her perfect work made that nearly impossible until she finally slipped up.
 
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