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Saturday, April 10, 2010

double-double = fired-fired?

So as you may have heard, or not, a girl and her twin sister were recently fired from a Tim Horton's.

Want to know the reason? Apparently one was fired for having 'a bad attitude' and the other was then fired (according to the article) because her manager figured she would " too bitter” .

That's the reason? Why didn't the manager just say - 'your sister is fired, and since you're probably gonna bitch about it - you are too!'

I mean, this way the HR tribunal would at least have an easy case.  Of course, I believe there are always 3 sides to every story: yours, theirs, and the truth.

So I'm going to assume there is a little more context to this dismissal (based purely on hope); however, thinking back to my days in the fast food industry, I think it was probably just a case of poor management.

In a recent blog, I even asked if HR should have a role in the fast food industry because I know it is important to keep overhead down and that sort of thing.

Not to say there needs to be an HR rep at every store, but when someone is given the title (and authority) of manager, perhaps a little training needs to be had.

Perhaps you think that there is no such thing as bad press, and caffeine addictions being what they are, Tim Horton's won't likely lose sales as a result of this story.

But the question remains - does HR have a role in the fast food industry?

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