Workers laid off … via text message

Workers laid off … via text message

Text message firingCan the “pink tweet” (think pink slip) be far behind? Employees at a restaurant in Winter Park, Fla., say they recently learned that they were now among the ranks of the unemployed. But the way in which the news was broken is a sore spot. Their boss “texted” them. Welcome to the twenty-first century!

Station WFTV interviewed several of the stunned ex-employees of Barducci’s Italian Bistro, which has since closed. Jodi Jackson, one of the recipients of the impersonal message, told reporters, “I think it’s immoral. I think it’s cowardice.” Jackson had been a cook at the restaurant.

The text message from owner Gregory Kennedy read: “I unfortunately need to inform you that I have been forced to close Barducci’s effective immediately.”

To add insult to injury, Kennedy is in arrears to his former employees. “I think we all deserve our compensation for money he’s already made from us,” Jackson said.

The station reached out to Kennedy by phone several times but to no avail. Finally, he broke his silence, explaining:

Unfortunately businesses are forced to close across Orlando every day especially in the restaurant sector. I am working to resolve issues including final paychecks as quickly as possible.

The communique, you should not be surprised to learn, was delivered via text.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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