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'Go work somewhere else': Olive Garden manager fired for harsh time-off message

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 12/7/2022 Steff Thomas
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An Olive Garden manager in Overland Park, Kansas, was fired after sending a jarring message to employees about asking for time off.

The manager put the memo out to employees due to a lack of staffing, according to a report.

“If you’re sick, you need to come prove it to us. If your dog died, you need to bring him in and prove it to us,” the message reads, adding that call-offs are occurring at a “staggering rate.”

“If its a 'family emergency' and you can’t say, too bad. Go work somewhere else,” she wrote.

The harshness of the message didn’t stop there, however. The manager said anyone who calls in more than once in a 30-day period would be let go.

“We are no longer tolerating ANY excuse for calling off,” the message said.

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The manager also went into detail about her own background and how she never called out, even going to work one day after a car wreck.

“I got in a wreck literally on my to work one time, airbags went off and my car was totaled, but you know what, I made it to work, ON TIME!” she wrote.

“Us, collectively, as a management team have had enough,” she added.

She went on to tell the employees that if they don’t want to work there, they don’t have to.

“I’m dedicated to being here. As should you. No more excuses or complaints.”

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The message ended with a thank you to the employees who “come in every day on time and work hard.”

The restaurant representative told a local outlet that the message wasn’t aligned with its company values.

“We can confirm we have parted ways with this manager,” the representative wrote.

 

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