One of my biggest pet peeves in life is when people are late.
It drives me INSANE.
And I really don’t understand when people are late for work…or how they keep their jobs.
Take a look at this story from Reddit’s “Am I the A**hole?” page and see if you think this person was wrong for firing an employee who was always late.
I think I know where I stand…
AITA for firing a guy for “being late”?
“A guy I manage is ALWAYS late. 5-25 minutes, every time.
Generally speaking, its not a big deal and it has no effect on the operation, so i let it slide. These guys work on call, so even the most diligent guys are occasionally 5-10 minutes late. Most just call me, and give me a heads up beforehand.
However after noticing a pattern i spoke to this individual and said “if you are going to be late, i need you to call me. Just let me know, that way i can plan around it.”
Next time he is on duty, he shows up 25 minutes late. No call. I find him, and let him know that he is getting a “formal reprimand” and the next time he is late it will be a 10 day suspension. Thats the standard procedure.
He tells me he is sorry, and it wont happen again. But then two days later my HR director calls me and says a complaint was filed against me for harassment. The guy was claiming it was the 1st time he was ever late, and that it was less than 6 minutes. Also that i allow everyone else to be late. I explain the scenario to HR but they are skeptical, and make me withdraw my “formal reprimand”
Im pi**ed and i start digging through records and security footage for the past 30 days. I find emails where I documented conversations, and 5 instances of him showing up 30+ minutes late. I gather this all and send it to HR. They agree to reinstate the “formal reprimand”.
But i insist that we go after him for dishonesty and insubordination, both firable offenses. So, unless I withdraw those claims against him in the next 7days he will remain fired.
I am secure in my decision, but ive heard some other guys whispering about me being a “harda**”.
Now let’s take a look at how Reddit users reacted.
This reader said that this guy did nothing wrong.
Another Reddit user stated the obvious: if you show up late constantly, you’re gonna get fired from most jobs.
This individual had a different perspective and said that someone they work with is usually late for work but makes up for it…something to think about, I guess…
Finally, this reader said that you have to do what your job requires. Amen!
Do you think this person overreacted?
Or was he justified for firing this guy?
Talk to us in the comments and let us know!