A manager at Olive Garden is now a former manager after sending a rant to employees about what she perceived as an excessive need for time off.
Her name was not publicly released, though it was revealed she managed an Olive Garden in Overland Park, Kansas.
She accused employees of calling off at a “staggering rate,” and insisted the establishment would no longer be “tolerating ANY EXCUSE for calling off.”
That alone isn’t so bad, probably. But then she started listing the excuses.
“If you’re sick, you need to come prove it to us,” she wrote in the memo, via the Guardian.
‘If Your Dog Died, Bring Him In’
Again, that sounds fair. Some employees do indeed require a doctor’s note. So, hardly unreasonable.
But then things turned a little more … well, dark.
“If your dog died, you need to bring him in and prove it to us,” she wrote. “If it’s a ‘family emergency’ and you can’t say, too bad. Go work somewhere else.”
Bringing in a doctor’s note is one thing. Bringing in your dead pet is quite another.
But hey, at least she went on the thank those who had not been calling off.
“I hope you choose to continue to work here, and I think we [management] make it as easy as we can on y’all,” she wrote. “I wish there were more like you.”
She probably also wishes she still had a job herself.
“We strive to provide a caring and respectful work environment for our team members,” an Olive Garden representative said. “This message is not aligned with our company’s values. We can confirm we have parted ways with this manager.”