By Sleepy - 04/07/2009 15:24 - United States
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Agreed! YDI and I hope you got fired for that! A lot of parents will leave their children to swim, knowing that if something goes wrong, a lifeguard should be watching. If you want to sleep on the job, get an office job, where you're not putting people in danger by not paying attention! How would you feel if instead of your boss waving at you, some poor child drowned to death? I hope karma gets you BAD!
Kids aren't the only ones in danger. Adults drown too. Plus, there are other problems that could happen at a pool. Heart attacks, spinal injuries, sprains, strains, broken bones, strokes, seizures. I could go on and on. Yes, parents should watch their children, but lifeguards are still needed for not only that but the hundreds of other things that could go wrong.
Totally agree with the other posters. I hope the first thing your boss did when he finally got your attention was fire your ass on the spot and send you packing, then call every other pool in town and tell them not to hire you. You were in a position of trust and you completely abused that trust in a way which could very well have gotten somebody killed.
wow. um asshole ? you aren't being paid to fucking sleep. i hope you got fired & got your qualification ripped up and thrown away . you put multiple lives in DANGER ; just for a nap. you sicken mee. like seriously ? if you're not going to takee your job seriously go apply for a job at mcdonalds. & did you really expect someone to give you sympathy for putting lives in danger ? give me a fucking BREAK. YDI x10 .
He fucked up and it seems like he learned his lesson, calm down people. People throw around "you should be fired for that" like it is nothing. Maybe he is providing for a family, maybe there are limited job openings in the area. He shouldn't be fired for sleeping on the job for 5 minutes once. Twice, ya he is putting people's lives in danger, but everyone fucks up at least once. I highly doubt most of you have even had a decent job or had to provide for someone else, it seems like getting fired isn't a big deal to you people. He should be more responsible, don't let it happen again. Now go to your room...
@ 135: Besides everything everyone else has posted (lives in OP's hands, "thought I could get away with it" crap, what if it was you/your kid, etc.), lifeguards are rotated frequently, have long breaks in between posts, and if you get tired then you say so and your boss has to take you down. Fact of the matter is OP is just irresponsible and doesn't belong up there.
At the aquatics center I work at, it’s automatic termination especially since he was legitimately sleeping. It is a city pool (small city) but they are strict on sleeping on the job when you are supposed to be GUARDING LIVES! Its his responsibility if someone drowned while he was sleeping. He will be blamed for it. Cameras on the pool deck will show it, so yes, he should get fired. That’s irresponsible and disgraceful! Do not Lifeguard if you cannot handle being tired on stand. It happens. #15yearsasacertifiedlifeguard
Kids don't just drown in pools? I was three and I slipped over the edge and almost drowned in a public pool. No, I wasn't running or doing anything I wasn't supposed to. Just slipped. Just because it doesn't happen while you're on the job or your friends, doesn't mean it rarely happens. OP, YDI for putting lives in danger. I would have been dead had a lifeguard not gotten me.
You're lucky a kid didn't drown.
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