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Worker’s Angry Note Gets Him Fired (Surprise!)

A worker’s angry note to his boss was the result of a pattern of behavior that led him past his breaking point, he says.

You’ve heard the sage advice about not burning bridges. But usually, that advice applies to people who’ve already found a new job and who are encouraged to maintain a decent relationship with those from the old job.

By comparison, a Michigan man burned his bridge while he was still standing on it.

According to a report from WXMI-TV, the man, a former employee of a Grand Rapids gas station, says he was tired of working third shift only to have to wait for his relief — his manager — to relieve him. He said her tardiness were a pattern, and despite being asked to be taken off that shift, it just didn’t happen.

But on one particular day last week, he reached his breaking point when she was late one more time.

So he locked up the convenience store and posted a note on the door for her:

Hey boss,
Learn to be on time or at least communicate when you are going to be late. +1 hr with no phone call is unacceptable. As you can see, the doors are locked. I went home. Fire me if you must, but realize I walked due to your negligence.

My first reaction, those who know me won’t be surprised to know, is that he should have said that he walked because of, not “due to” her negligence. (Due to means “caused by,” not “because of.”) But I digress.

The boss, who apparently, and understandably, didn’t want to talk on camera, admitted to the television reporter that she was late that morning. But adds an interesting fact: the employee didn’t call anyone, either.

If there was something so pressing that he felt the need to leave work, rather than, (presumably) getting that extra hour or more of additional pay, he should have called her.

The report calls it “a note meant to be seen by his manager alone.” Well, I call a big case of bull on that one. If it was meant to be seen by his manager alone, he would have left it on the counter, or on the cash register, where she would have found it when she eventually did arrive.

He certainly wouldn’t have posted it on the business’s front door for everyone to see. (And for someone to apparently post on social media, where it quickly went viral.)

You don’t publicly post a message you intend to be seen by one person. If that isn’t common sense, I don’t know what is.

What’s even worse for this guy, his name is out there because of his public temper tantrum.

One has to wonder whether this story will follow him where potential hiring managers are concerned. For his sake, I hope not.

Your Turn:

Have you ever been angry enough with your job’s working conditions that you feel you could do something like this? Would you actually have done it?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.