When I was still in Chicago before coming to South Africa this time, my daughter and I overheard two teen-age girls talking about a friend of theirs who was let go from her job at PetSmart. These two young ladies were behind us as we walked on a sidewalk in Chicago:
Girl 1: She got let go from her job because she was late in the morning.
Girl 2: At first they cut back her hours. Then they let her go.
Girl 1: Just because she was late, do you believe it?
I couldn’t believe the conversation I was hearing! I would have thought that everyone knows that the least you can do is be on time for work.
I’m sure the company was philosophical about it. They didn’t feel wronged. It just was a case of letting someone go that they probably shouldn’t have hired. I’m sure they took it in their stride. Just another day for the company, whereas, the friends of the girl who was fired were sure that their friend had been wronged. I’m guessing that the friend felt that way too, that she had been let go for a little thing, for no reason at all.