August 07, 2006

Youth Culture in the UK

U r sckd: worker fired by text message

No you are reading it correctly. That is exactly how the headline was written.

Fri Aug 4, 11:38 AM ET via AFP newsfeed

A company has defended its decision to sack one of its staff by text message, claiming it was keeping in touch with youth culture.

I'm still having trouble with the way my mind reads the headline. But it's part of the YOUTH CULTURE I suppose.

Katy Tanner, a 21-year-old sales assistant, received the message while she was off work with a migraine, the South Wales Echo newspaper said Friday.

The text message said: "We will not require your services anymore...Thank you for your time with us."

Now isn't that just sweet. How stunningly brave of management to FIRE an employee via text message, it avoids all the angst of doing THEIR freakin' JOB which, oh by the way, includes FIRING people. Be adults and suck it up, or is making somebody cry too much for YOUR personal self-esteem. We don't want to hurt anybody's feewings now do we? This points to a much, much bigger problem. Too many people don't want to make hard decisions and even worse ACT on them. This is a MAJOR ISSUE we are facing in the west. We are fat, lazy and want somebody else to face problems and deal with them. Can an adult who can't do an unplesant, but necessary task like discharging a bad employee, defend themselves against a threat to their life? Hell no. They can't even be COMFORTABLE with having their government do that. They don't want to deal with anything unpleasant, nevermind it might be a threat to their very existence.

"I don't think it's right to just text someone. At least they should have talked to me face to face," Tanner said.

Yep, just like the Trumpster, call you in (when you bother to show up) to the office. "Katy YOU'RE fired !!!" See.... three words and it's over.

"You're not allowed to text in sick, you have to phone. The fact that they texted me is a bit of double standards."

Double standards and yellow bellies.

Several senior staff members at Blue Banana, a body-piercing and jewellery shop based in Cardiff, defended the decision.

Of course, because they're all cowards. Defend the piss-poor decision you made anyway you want, but we know their problem.

But company director Jon Taylor added that an internal investigation was underway to see if "the ultimate action was ideal".

Keep backpedaling Jon, It won't do you any good. Let's just hope some jihadi goatfucker doesn't try to kidnap your ass. Will you Text Message Scotland Yard? Hopefully you are well trained in cell phone self-defense. Ahh the "Cell Phone Jihadi Defense Technique™" Give us a "text" when you try it, hopefully your eyes (in your severed head) will be able to see the phone in your hands. Tapping in the message could be a probem as well, but maybe muscle memory will do the trick.

The retailer claims it tried to reach Tanner directly "five or six times" and passed on a message through her boyfriend before the text was sent.

Keep backpedaling away, do mind the train coming up behind you. I'll just pull something out of my ass here, maybe knock her up? (Ed. Note--it's a british thing-means to pay a visit to someone's residence. )

And store director Ian Besbie added that the dismissal method was fair because texting was a part of "youth culture".

"We are a youth business and our staff are all part of the youth culture that uses SMS (text) messaging as a major means of communication," he said.

The company employs about 120 people in Britain, many of them aged under 21.

If this is an indicator of your business paradigm, good luck. I doubt you'll keep those employees working and the business open, let alone grow without some adults in charge, and I don't classify an adult based on age alone. Obviously Mr. Besbie doesn't fit that category either way. I imagine your investigation will detemine that a *stern look* should be SMS messaged to the "senior staff".

The U.K. continues swirling down the toilet bowl of relevancy. Churchill spinning in his grave no doubt. The Brit "Stiff Upper Lip" succumbs to the "Quivering Chin".

Posted by LC Jackboot IC/A-OBR at August 7, 2006 01:24 PM | TrackBack

Look no farther than British Parliament member George Galloway for the image role projected by the British to Europe's youth.

Posted by: Jack at August 7, 2006 09:34 PM

You know, I had a coward of a manager insist I go through the bother of talking to employees because she didnt want to deal with it.

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