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2021-09-25 11:01:41 AM  
I was caught sleeping on the job once and just got a warning.
 
2021-09-25 11:04:46 AM  
Kenyan believe it?
 
2021-09-25 11:29:46 AM  
Hakuna matata.
 
2021-09-25 11:46:51 AM  
Fired in a coma. I know, I know. It's serious.
 
2021-09-25 12:07:11 PM  
This actually sounds like a pretty good movie plot.
 
2021-09-25 1:18:47 PM  
And yet people insist that I do this whole make other people rich thing.  farking stupid
 
2021-09-25 1:20:58 PM  
Meanwhile, he was sacked from his job, charged in absentia with desertion and.......

......sleeping on the job?
 
2021-09-25 1:21:04 PM  
I bet I know the employers excuse... How could we have known you wasn't under quarantine? You never called!
 
2021-09-25 1:26:41 PM  

waxbeans: And yet people insist that I do this whole make other people rich thing.  farking stupid


What would you do if you employed someone and that person stops showing up for work for a month without any notification or known extenuating circumstances?
 
2021-09-25 1:26:47 PM  
A cop in the US at least needs to shoot an innocent person to get fired.
 
2021-09-25 1:29:08 PM  

i_dig_chicks: A cop in the US at least needs to shoot an innocent person to get fired.


Sometimes not even then
 
2021-09-25 1:29:50 PM  
I find nothing newsworthy in that story.  He was fired for desertion because that's what it looked like, and there are plans in motion to reinstate him now that the facts are known.

...though I suspect if he has significant brain damage that reinstatement is going to be in question.
 
2021-09-25 1:29:55 PM  
Meanwhile, he was sacked from his job, charged in absentia with desertion and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The case was later withdrawn after police failed to find him.

Is the police force part of the army in Kenya? And do you just have to hide long enough when they have a warrant for your arrest of it to be canceled?
 
2021-09-25 1:30:05 PM  
Seems about right. Missing for 9 months - what else were they supposed to do?
 
2021-09-25 1:30:15 PM  
I mean, maybe they should have looked harder but that doesn't seem all that unreasonable.
 
2021-09-25 1:31:51 PM  
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2021-09-25 1:32:21 PM  
Well, yeah.  If you disappear for months and even your family doesn't know where you are, you're gonna get fired.
 
2021-09-25 1:32:47 PM  

DerAppie: waxbeans: And yet people insist that I do this whole make other people rich thing.  farking stupid

What would you do if you employed someone and that person stops showing up for work for a month without any notification or known extenuating circumstances?


How hard did anyone look for a person in a farking hospital? GMAFB. Why should people contribute to a system that moves on at the drop of a dime? Saw off bub.
 
2021-09-25 1:32:49 PM  

DerAppie: waxbeans: And yet people insist that I do this whole make other people rich thing.  farking stupid

What would you do if you employed someone and that person stops showing up for work for a month without any notification or known extenuating circumstances?


Assume he's in a coma somewhere.
 
2021-09-25 1:33:11 PM  
Thanks for a nice, light trolling subby:

Neither the family nor the police force had any idea where Constable Reuben Kimutai Lel was - his niece told the BBC they thought he was dead.
But it turns out that he had been the victim of a road accident and had been in one of the country's biggest hospitals all along.

The police officer was discharged from hospital last Friday and is recuperating at his home in Koibatek, Baringo county, under the care of his wife and family.
According to the Daily Nation news site, arrangements are being made to reinstate him to the police force.
 
2021-09-25 1:35:16 PM  
He wasn't just fired, he was charged with desertion ffs.
 
2021-09-25 1:38:23 PM  

cefm: Seems about right. Missing for 9 months - what else were they supposed to do?


Actually look for him?
Reminds of a story here. Navy assumed a dude went AWOL 30 years later police did the  Most elementary obvious thing and check to see if one of their John Doe's was a service man. And OMFG it was . Poor guy wasn't AWOL they was the victim of a series killer.
One phone call 30 years later.
Great work military and cops.
fark society
 
2021-09-25 1:38:56 PM  
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2021-09-25 1:39:07 PM  

Old Man Winter: I mean, maybe they should have looked harder but that doesn't seem all that unreasonable.


Looked? I'm saying they didn't look at all.
 
2021-09-25 1:40:17 PM  
Hypnosis also works.

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2021-09-25 1:41:08 PM  
"We thought he was dead because his phone was off."

Well, that's a damning indictment of modern society...
 
2021-09-25 1:42:00 PM  
"I found him at Kenyatta National Hospital. He could not recognise me and he could not recognise names of members of his family," she said.

"According to the Daily Nation news site, arrangements are being made to reinstate him to the police force."


Hmm..
That seems like both the right thing to do, and the wrong thing to do.
 
2021-09-25 1:46:00 PM  
Imagine if the family had collected a random body to bury and got a death certificate issued. Then he'd really be farked.
 
2021-09-25 1:48:14 PM  
This is what life was like before computers and networks.  He'll be okay.
 
2021-09-25 1:48:19 PM  
If this happened to me, I just wouldn't go back to the old life. 
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2021-09-25 1:48:56 PM  

mrmopar5287: Imagine if the family had collected a random body to bury and got a death certificate issued. Then he'd really be farked.


Still, a great origin story for a supervillain..
 
2021-09-25 1:49:27 PM  
Article led with a popup that said I needed a BBC account. Does that mean a transplant or am I going to have to pay for something that will require a long conversation with Mrs. Nuran?
 
2021-09-25 1:51:12 PM  
So... those of us who've bothered to read TFA, he wasn't fired so much as he was injured in a car accident, went missing, and after a reasonably intense search, presumed dead and unrecoverable.

Somaticasual: "I found him at Kenyatta National Hospital. He could not recognise me and he could not recognise names of members of his family," she said.

"According to the Daily Nation news site, arrangements are being made to reinstate him to the police force."

Hmm..
That seems like both the right thing to do, and the wrong thing to do.


100% right thing to do. Any pension and injury benefits he may have coming during his recovery/retirement would first require his reinstatement. This is Kenya after all, not the US.
 
2021-09-25 1:52:00 PM  

Somaticasual: "I found him at Kenyatta National Hospital. He could not recognise me and he could not recognise names of members of his family," she said.

"According to the Daily Nation news site, arrangements are being made to reinstate him to the police force."

Hmm..
That seems like both the right thing to do, and the wrong thing to do.


Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I'd hope they'd rescind the original erroneous actions and then retroactively do whatever would normally have been done had they had all the facts.  I've no idea what Kenyan police benefits are like, but if he had anything due then they should pay out.  If that means some kind of disability pension or help with rehab, great.
 
2021-09-25 1:55:28 PM  

Stands With A Tiny Fist: 100% right thing to do. Any pension and injury benefits he may have coming during his recovery/retirement would first require his reinstatement. This is Kenya after all, not the US.


Agreed - 100% right thing to do from that standpoint given the circumstances. Just hopefully not active duty unless he's 100% back to normal.
 
2021-09-25 2:08:04 PM  
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2021-09-25 2:09:41 PM  
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2021-09-25 2:16:34 PM  
"Still in a coma, eh?  Well, this is your final warning...."
 
2021-09-25 2:21:03 PM  
I thought if you were fired while in a coma you would die?
 
2021-09-25 2:33:23 PM  
Needs better union.
 
2021-09-25 2:33:36 PM  

jtown: Well, yeah.  If you disappear for months and even your family doesn't know where you are, you're gonna get fired.


Director's assistant went to Paris to get married.  It took quite a while to fire her, even though everyone knew she had also moved to Paris, had no intention of returning.

Personally, I wouldn't work for a place that would believe that my job performance wouldn't suffer if I were in a coma but physically present.
 
2021-09-25 2:37:01 PM  
Worst. Hard To Kill. Reboot. Ever.
 
2021-09-25 2:43:32 PM  

Unsung_Hero: I find nothing newsworthy in that story.  He was fired for desertion because that's what it looked like, and there are plans in motion to reinstate him now that the facts are known.

...though I suspect if he has significant brain damage that reinstatement is going to be in question.


Significant brain damage he could become the chief of police
 
2021-09-25 2:46:53 PM  
I once worked for Schwan's, loading the trucks every night. Had a friend get fired when he got hurt ON THE FARKING JOB. He sued the company, and won a huge setlement.

Our boss was a huge prick anyway. Did a lot of questionable antics that led to his demotion (the lawsuit was just one of many things), and subsequent firing.
 
2021-09-25 2:53:28 PM  

waxbeans: Old Man Winter: I mean, maybe they should have looked harder but that doesn't seem all that unreasonable.

Looked? I'm saying they didn't look at all.


But they did?

Per the article, he had no identifying papers on him and his phone was "off" (more likely it was stolen while he was unconscious). He was brought to a hospital over a hundred miles from his small town home while still unconscious from a roadside accident while out of uniform and stayed in a coma for almost a year.

His home town is mentioned in the article. We're talking dirt roads and cinderblock buildings outside of a few community structures. This isn't some sort of bustling metropolis with a well funded police missing persons investigations team. Even with someone accused of a serious crime in custody it would probably take days to get confirmation of any records and who knows how complete those are in rural Africa.
 
2021-09-25 2:54:13 PM  

wxboy: "We thought he was dead because his phone was off."

Well, that's a damning indictment of modern society...


Better put a charging port on those
defibrillators.
 
2021-09-25 3:04:08 PM  
Is it strange that they could check the fingerprints of a dead body to find they didn't match, but didn't fingerprint an unidentifiable coma patient?
 
2021-09-25 3:10:03 PM  
Reason for dismissal: Sleeping on the job.
 
2021-09-25 3:57:53 PM  

kb7rky: I once worked for Schwan's


Condolences
 
2021-09-25 4:06:18 PM  

Cyberkhan: Is it strange that they could check the fingerprints of a dead body to find they didn't match, but didn't fingerprint an unidentifiable coma patient?


Or turn on his phone for two minutes to see who owns it.
 
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