This restaurant manager gets fired for unpleasant memo to staff

“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,” states the memo which is being circulating on social media platforms

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An unpleasant memo shot off by a manager of a popular Italian restaurant chain to his employees has landed him in a soup. The memo sent by the manager mentions that if an employee is seeking leave for falling sick or his/her pet has died, they will need to come and prove it to him. “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,” states the memo which is being circulated on social-media platforms.

It was noticed by the manager of Oliver Garden — a popular Italian restaurant and part of the Darden Group, a recognised restaurant operator in the US — that many of the staff members at the Kansas location in the US, were taking too many leaves.

In response, the manager addressed a memo to all the staff warning everyone that if anyone takes a single day off in the next 30 days, he/she will lose the job. “If anyone calls out more than ONCE in the next 30 days, you will not have a job,” stated the memo.

According to the manager, people like him never took a day off in their 11 years of service, irrespective of circumstances. “I came in sick. I got in a wreck literally on my way to work on time, airbags went off and my car was totaled, but you know what, I made it to work, ON TIME!” mentions the manager. “There are no more excuses. If you’re here to work and want to work, then work,” the manager adds.

Angrily the manager states that, staying back late on weekends does not work for anyone, as everyone desires to spend time with their family . “I’m dedicated to being here. As should you. No more excuses or complaints,” the manager writes in the memo.

Such is the manager’s lack of empathy that even taking a day off to deal with family emergencies seems unjustified to him. “If it is a family emergency and you cannot stay, too bad. Work somewhere else,” the memo reads.

After the memo went viral, many have criticised this unprofessional behaviour of the manager.

Darden has, of course, sent the manager packing and confirmed the same. His behaviour, according to the Group, does not align with the Group’s values.

1 COMMENT

  1. Atrocious, he deserves to be fired.
    But for academical interest and to raise a redflag for thr future; it is advisable to go for medical investigation why he behaved so.

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