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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

There are jobs and then there are jobs



A number of large restaurant chains are requiring their staff to come in. It doesn’t matter that Sandy is a huge life threatening storm. It doesn’t matter that public transportation systems have been shut down. It doesn’t matter that all the smart people have left town. What matters is that maybe someone might want a bacon cheeseburger to go with their storm.

Any company that requires their workers to risk their lives to come to work does not deserve worker loyalty. It’s obvious those companies care nothing for their workers. They just proved it. People have to make their own decisions, but why risk your life for a company that has regard for your safety?

People who work in emergency services like Police, Fire and EMS -this is exactly what you signed up for. This is your job. When I was a Firefighter I lived for things like this. Of course, I had training, equipment and was part of an experienced team. Even so, there were things even we would not do.

Some of the people we rescued were just plain unlucky. Most, however, were stupid, drunks, or drug addicts. There’s plenty of people who can barely function during the best of times. Disasters quickly overwhelm them.

Emergency services will be busy enough with those people. Don’t become a problem just because your boss wants you to come to a job that can wait until later.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. What a great turn of phrase... a bacon cheeseburger to go with my storm...
    Another good one Sixbears.

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  2. The people that are out there and don't need to be usually just get in the way of those who do need to be.

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    1. Indeed they do. Certainly happened to me often enough during my Firefighter days.

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  3. Yup, stupidity kills.....just not often enough.

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  4. My only child wanted some chinese food, she called the place, it was closed, enough said..She lives in NYC and was prepared and is prepared, she holed up in her bathroom the wind was rattling like a you know what, her cat freaked out, she got some medication for her early gave it to her with some wet canned cat food, my babydoll ate sammies she had actually prepared for work. She was asked not to come in, she was not going to go in she would look for another job if forced too.She stated her life was more important than some film opening, she works in the film industry, she almost went to Chicago for a work related job, she said no, there were no planes to get out by sunday night..she is hunkering down, lots of water, litter, cat food, food for her and water for her, books to read and some time to rest..She said it is like in the movie Ghostbusters but with no people, she so applauds the fire, police and responders, jobs she could never do..take care, ciao and happy halloween!!!!!

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    1. Glad your daughter is safe. She sounds smart too.

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  5. I am a full time fireman myself, and what you say is true . The majority of our calls are drug ,and alcohol related. The thing that I think about , is the emergency/event that makes me say, screw this im going home to keep mine safe. There arent any contingencys in place so fire,PD, ER can stay at work and know there family is safe.Thanks for the read

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    1. You are welcome. I still miss the job.

      My wife and I had a bug out plan in place. Even used it once when a chemical plant caught fire. I went to work, she took the kids upwind to my parent's cottage 12 miles away. A day later I was able to call her and give her the all clear. Could have poisoned most of the town. Barely made the local news.

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