Apparently, there was a pretty heavy apartment fire in Dartmouth that resulted in at least one–possibly more than that–homeless couple. A Subway employee, knowing they pretty much didn’t have a whole lot on them except what they were wearing, made them a sub with the intent of charging it to her employee plan. She was promptly tossed.
Now, I get it–every company’s gotta make top dollar or hell’s gonna freeze or something like that. But, come the hell on. Do a nice thing for someone who just got the royal crap kicked out of them by something beyond their control, why in hell should it cost you your job? I don’t think it would have killed the local Subway to eat the cost of those two things, even if she hadn’t meant to buy it for them. Apparently, they disagreed.
She did get hired somewhere else, fortunately–unlike my Tim Hortons story, not within the same franchise but rather the local Quiznos, so at least the fire victims’ suck didn’t entirely become her suck. But still, you gotta wonder if part of this is why people are more hesitant to help each other out now than they would have been, we’ll say, 30 years ago. If doing a favour for someone who needed it was gonna end up losing me my job, I might be inclined to think twice, personally. Particularly in an economy where jobs are kind of at a premium right now. Whole new meaning to the expression “don’t do me any favours”.