I swear I didn’t swear

An article in the Deseret News this morning caught my eye and several thoughts came to

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  1. Ironic that the Deseret News is printing this kind of crap with the publicity of the Brandon Davies controversy over Honor Code violations
  2. People should realize by now that BYU and the LDS Church will not release information about this or any other case to the public and they have a right to do so
  3. Judging from the story, there is much more to the story than any of us will ever know because….refer to bullet No. 2
  4. Why jeopardize your education and a shot at another job by going directly to the paper instead of airing your grievance with your former manager’s boss? Better to go one step up the food chain than to lose your food altogether, right?
  5. Who hasn’t blurted out an expletive when you knock your shin against a solid object like a cart? That $#&z hurts!

I’d like to point out here that the poor guy readily admitted that he cursed. The point of contention is that we don’t know what led up to the eventual termination. I mean, if swearing is grounds for termination half of the students at BYU-Hawaii would have been kicked out and sent back home to Samoa (total exaggeration) before graduating from college.

Having managed employee’s myself I can tell you that today’s employment laws protects both the employer and the employee in any performance related situation. I know for a fact that there is a long list of criteria that must be met before termination is even considered. Not every company is the same, but rest assured, this %$&^+* guy did more than just cuss up a storm to lose his job. Hey, look on the bright side dude, now you can find a job that does not involve carts and you’re still in school.

The fact that this guy went to the media with his story instead of resolving it through the chain of command says a lot about who he is as a person. When I have a problem with my boss and he doesn’t have a satisfactory resolution, I ask him/her if I can speak with his/her boss about the issue. I don’t call up a local television station or newspaper and tell them that I’ve been wronged. Unless of course I find a burning cross on my lawn. That requires a whole different type of conflict-resolution.

I may be wrong, but I’m guessing this guy deserved what he got. What do you think?

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