When Joe Blumm’s manager did not show up for her shift at a Grand Rapids, Michigan, he decided to lock-up and write a note expressing his frustration. What he did not expect was that the story would catch fire and spread across the internet.
Mr. Blumm had just finished the graveyard shift at a local gas station. His manager was set to work the first morning shift. However, she never showed. Frustrated, as this was not the first time she failed to report for a shift on time, he wrote a note, posted it on the front door, and locked up to go home.
[box type=“shadow”]Hey boss,
Learn to be on time or at least communicate when you are going to be late. +1 hour with no phone call is unacceptable.
As you can see, the doors are locked. I went home. Fire me if you must, but realize it was due to YOUR negligence.
For good measure, Joe also posted the store’s help wanted sign.
Sure enough, Joe’s manager fired him.
According to a local news station,
[box type=“shadow”]”He said what happened Thursday morning had been building for a while. He asked his boss to be taken off third shift and after working overnight and then waiting for his manager to relieve him he reached his breaking point when she never showed up.”[/box]
When the manager was contacted, she confirmed that she did indeed fire Joe. She stated that Joe never called her or anyone else at the gas station—that he just walked off the job.
From Wall Street to Main Street, low-level employees are being taken advantage of. And when somebody in a higher position fails to do their job, it is the grunt that pays the price. Joe was fired because an incompetent manager did not receive a wake up call.
Joe now hopes to use his 15 minutes of fame to find a better job.
[box type=“shadow”]“Hopefully with all the publicity that could be a reality. I would love to have a different job, something a little bit higher paying I would hope.”[/box]
Watch the local news report on Joe Blumm and his “note seen around the world.”