Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Its (sic) official, you no longer work for JNI Traffic Control and u (sic) have forfided (sic) any arrangements made

Employee sues over text message firing. The message was sent to him via mobile phone. To be fair, the company claims that traffic controller John Eid resigned angrily the day before, and that the message was merely a confirmation, and I think the message's syntax -- albeit grammatically garbled -- bears out their explanation much better than his case that this was an inappropriate way to find out one had been canned. What sucks for them is that there's no evidence of his (claimed) verbal tirade, so it remains hearsay, less legit in court than the preserved text message itself.

1. Memo to self: When writing is necessary to my professional life, always give the other party the first move.

2. It's like I was saying over at webraw today: you don't need to set up a Vending Machine Blog to track workplace candy/soda problems. What could have been so urgent about reminding this guy that his employment had been terminated that they couldn't call him into an office somewhere to say it out loud, or write a formal note? If something was that imminent, they could have just had security tell him, right? I think an Andy Rooney quote I picked up for a while as an email signature file says it best: computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.

posted by boyhowdy | 10:41 PM |

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