The company policies, set by corporate entities, aim to create a standardized and efficient workplace.
In today’s corporate world, company policies often serve as guidelines for employees to ensure fair and ethical practices in the workplace. However, sometimes following the company policy can lead to unexpected and unfair consequences for the employees. Today’s story highlights the harsh reality of workplace pressure and the power of influential figures in society.
A few years ago, a guy working at a used videogame store, had a teenage customer, asking for a game he had pre-ordered, but it was rated M and the teenager was only 16 years old. As per the company policy, OP politely refused to sell the game to the underage teenager. The next day, OP was asked to meet his manager at a coffee shop next door. To his surprise, OP was informed that he was being let go due to the pressure of the teenager’s father, who was a well-respected businessman in the town. Scroll down for the complete story.
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OP was doing morning inventory at a used videogame store when a teenager walked in.
OP couldn’t sell a copy of a game to this teenage customer who was 16-year-old and had preordered it, because it was rated M.
OP asked the teenage customer if he is with his parents and he told OP that he paid for the game and wants it but OP didn’t give it to him, despite his protests, due to company policy.
The teenage customer tried to threaten OP and OP suggested he come back with a parent or older friend to purchase it.
The 16-year-old customer left in a huff when OP refused to sell him an M-rated game. OP’s boss asked to meet him at the coffee shop the next day.
OP’s manager asked him about the teenager who came in to purchase a preordered game, and OP confirmed that he had refused to sell it to him due to the customer’s age.
OP’s manager informed him that he was being let go due to pressure from the boy’s well-respected businessman father who had complained to the higher-ups.
OP was shocked and frustrated to learn that he was being fired for following company policy, as the teenager’s influential father had suggested it.
Corporate policies serve as a guide to ensure that employees are aware of the rules and regulations to be followed in the workplace. But in some cases, company policies can also serve as a double-edged sword. Employees may find themselves in a tough spot, having to choose between following policies or making an exception in a particular case. In OP’s case, he chose to follow the policy and still faced the wrath of the influential businessman, leading to unfair dismissal.
This is what happened next:
OP would be fired in both cases:
OP should have talked to the manager or the district HR manager:
This story raises important questions about the power dynamics at play in the workplace and how corporate policies can be used to protect employees against unfair practices. Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? What do you think can be done to prevent such incidents from happening again? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.
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