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Grocery Store Employee Fired For Working Too Hard

By Nina / mercredi 1 novembre 2017 11:00
One enthusiastic Lidl employee in Barcelona, who often showed up at work an hour and a half before his shift was fired after violating the company’s unpaid overtime regulations.

It turns out there’s a man who loves his job as much as Spongebob and his name is Jean P.  

Jean P. was a manager the discount supermarket chain Lidl in Barcelona, where he was more than just a hard worker--work was his life. After 12 years at Lidl, he was so dedicated to his job that he would often show up for work at 5 am, an hour and a half early for the morning shift, to stock shelves and take inventory.

But after checking CCTV footage and finally noticing that jean had been showing up so early, his employers promptly gave him the sack for breaching company regulations. That is, working unpaid overtime and for being in the store alone.

 

Jean’s lawyer claims that Lild only benefitted from the breach of rules and that anyway, he felt that he needed to show up that early in order to make sure the store was ready by the time the sales staff arrived. He went on to say that due to some restructuring, Jean felt under pressure to meet high sales and performance standards.

“The heads of the supermarket knew this and were aware that these changes required time and dedication,” Jean’s lawyer said in an interview with Metro.

But his dismissal letter was clear. “every minute worked is paid, and every minute that is worked should be clocked in.” Jean’s desire to work without pay did not make him an exception to the rule.

He gave all he had and got sacked in the end. This man deserves an FML Medal of Honor.

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By  KittyMack  |  6

Dude was 1000% in the wrong. A: By working extra hours off the clock he was shafting EVERY other grocery store employee on Earth by creating a false idea of what can be accomplished in a day, also screwed his coworkers who should have been getting (and getting paid for) those extra man-hours B: During all those hours when he was working off the clock, he was not covered by Comp (assuming such things are similar in Europe) so if he wrecked his back or got killed by a terrorist, it would have been financially disastrous for Lidl, or if he damaged the property (for instance tried to fix a plumbing problem on his own and caused a flood) again, ruinous for Lidl since insurance would not cover it, and C: If he encountered a life or death situation like perhaps something big fell on him, or he had a stroke, he would have been screwed since nobody even knew he was there. It's a dicey legal area to have people working alone even when it is necessary and controlled. Dude created a huge hazard for himself and those above him who were legally responsible for his and the shop's wellbeing, and screwed over his peers. Technically I suppose he might be guilty of trespassing. He should do time.

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By  KittyMack  |  6

Dude was 1000% in the wrong. A: By working extra hours off the clock he was shafting EVERY other grocery store employee on Earth by creating a false idea of what can be accomplished in a day, also screwed his coworkers who should have been getting (and getting paid for) those extra man-hours B: During all those hours when he was working off the clock, he was not covered by Comp (assuming such things are similar in Europe) so if he wrecked his back or got killed by a terrorist, it would have been financially disastrous for Lidl, or if he damaged the property (for instance tried to fix a plumbing problem on his own and caused a flood) again, ruinous for Lidl since insurance would not cover it, and C: If he encountered a life or death situation like perhaps something big fell on him, or he had a stroke, he would have been screwed since nobody even knew he was there. It's a dicey legal area to have people working alone even when it is necessary and controlled. Dude created a huge hazard for himself and those above him who were legally responsible for his and the shop's wellbeing, and screwed over his peers. Technically I suppose he might be guilty of trespassing. He should do time.

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  Lalala579121  |  27

What "extra man hours" would they have been screwed out of? It's not like he was asking them to come in later. They would have come in at the same time and get paid for doing nothing since everything was already set up for them.

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  Callyn  |  43

There was work that needed to be done, this guy was just doing it off the clock. That work could have been done during paid man hours, which the employees could have benefitted from. Whether or not the corporation would have allowed it is a different issue.

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  Danne696  |  14

How does the other employees benifit more from doing the work themselves instead of taking a coffee break whilst still getting paid? I agree with your point that he was putting himself in danger by working alone, but the disadvantages were solely carried by him.

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  Callyn  |  43

They benefit from getting an extra hour of paid work or by the company hiring another person who they are paying. Jobs at grocery stores don't keep you around when there's no work to do, this guy doing unpaid work cut directly into someone else's hours. Similar situations also make corporate expect more out of any shift than is reasonable, resulting in them expecting you to do ten hours worth of work in eight and then shitting on you when you do overtime. This guy's actions and those of people like him have direct consequences for the entire workforce.

By  Mfisher394  |  13

He probably should have asked his employers if that was okay to do. I know I can't go into my work early because there's valuable items in the store, so I kind of see where they are coming from. Maybe a stern warning would have been better, but at the end of the day, rules are rules. Even if the intentions were good...

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