By bitchypast - 27/01/2015 23:50 - United States - Rockland
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um.. why don't you do what normal people do, get the snow off your car? I don't understand the problem, not everyone can take off of work just because of snow.
I live in Hawaii, and even I understand the problem OP is facing. Sure, you can take the snow off the car. Then what? Drive in potentially dangerous conditions? Who knows if OP works miles from home? Has that not crossed your mind? And even if you "didn't understand" OP's point of view, your initial comment sounded quite condescending. Just try to speak more politely towards others, especially if they aren't having a good day (hence the FML).
I live deep in the Colorado Rockies, where blizzards are such a part of life that we have been snickering meanly at the East Coast's misfortune, and I get why OP can't go to work. Not every state has reams of snow-removal trucks on hand. Even if OP could un-bury the car in less than half a day, which sounds unlikely from I've heard about the snowfall totals, the roads are probably impassable by anything without ridiculous ground clearance.
Uh, are you forgetting that they got like TWO FEET of snow?! A lot of states declared an emergency meaning, OP cannot legally get fired anyway AND it's an EMERGENCY!!! It doesn't matter if OP was able to clean off their car, the point is, nobody is going to be out in 70mph winds plowing the roads because the snow will blow right back where they plowed. You're acting like two feet of snow is no big deal to an area of the U.S. that isn't used to this weather. They probably don't have the amount of plows that Wisconsin and Illinois do.
Are you even from the North East? If you're from some place like Dallas then yeah you can brush the snow off but do you know what a blizzard is?? The car is under the snow. It's not something you can just brush off. And if car is that bad then the roads are worse.
I don't own a car, and luckily these sorts of things aren't too common where I live, but really, I get why OP might not be able to clean off his/her car and drive to work. I heard that Boston, at least, had a travel ban, which I assume means that everyone but essential personnel (like police and other first responders) had to be off the roads. I don't know if this occurred where OP lived. But in hazardous conditions like this, only the most heartless of employers would demand that a staffer come to work.
Hey, someone from New England here. In my area we got about 2.5 feet of snow, and my state had a travel ban. Unless you were essential personnel, you could get a $500 fine for driving. Plus, it also depends on where/ what type of street OP lives on. Side streets don't get plowed as often (in my area anyways), and if OP lives on a hill like me or an incline, it's very daunting to drive down that, especially if they don't have a car better suited for it. In the span of my shoveling for an hour, three cars got stuck on my street, not paying attention to the travel ban. So no, not everyone can just clear off their car and get over it or whatever.
Maybe OP lives off the beaten path so to speak. I've lived in Pennsylvania all of my life and there are some areas that just aren't attended to snow plows that well. A few cousins in the mountains only have their main road plowed once a day even when the snow is really coming down. I know some areas of high way where white outs happen so often in winter that you don't want to drive on them in anything over light snow. Ice can also be a huge issue if OP lives in a place where things like to melt a bit and then freeze again quickly. Who knows if the work place is even is a major area?
Idk if you are aware but if your state declares a state of emergency he/she cannot fire you for not showing up for work. Look it up to verify your state work laws during state emergencies. Good luck op.
Weigh out the pros and cons of losing sleep to clean your car; or spend the cash, grab the boots and take a cab to work- that's if the streets are plowed. If the streets aren't plowed and salted and you still show up, I'd mention hazard pay. I've been there before- I'm sorry you have to deal with this situation. Snow is evil and all the snowmen of our childhood lied to us.