Guess Who'll Be Fired Next?

Relax, Neatorama authors and NeatoShop workers, you're safe ... for now.

The "contest" to guess who will be fired next was the brainchild of William Ernst, the owner of Iowa-based chain of QC Marts. He has been called "the Boss from Hell" by one of his former workers:

The memo explained the rules of a game in which employees were told to write the name of the next cashier they thought would be fired, along with the date and their own name on a piece of paper. Those who guessed correctly would win a $10 prize.

"And no fair picking Mike Miller from Rockingham," the memo added in boldfaced capital letters. "He was fired at around 11:30 a.m. today for wearing a had [sic] and talking on his cell phone. Good luck!!!!"

ABC News has the (bizarre) story of the memo: Link


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My experience of working retail is that the laid-back managers are usually the cause of the bad work environment. Your coworker Josh is the predictable no-show and pretty much works whenever he feels like showing up. Out of a sense of duty everyone else picks up the slack. You never know when your shift will really end or if you will get a call on your day off to work. Things would be great if management would just fire Josh but they never do.
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I doubt the contest is real. It's more of a scare tactic, to remind them that they could be fired for not doign their jobs in the appropriate manner.

It's more of a "we're watching you" note. Usually companies stay pretty quiet when they fire employees - less legal implications.
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Seems rife for unfair dismissal. I guess the one with the most "guesses" gets fired, so very open on other ganging up on employees they don't like.
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