It’s probably not good manners to laugh when someone loses their job, but we just can’t help it. Fact is, sometimes a man deserves to be fired. You filch a few bucks from the cash register? Don’t expect sympathy when you get your pink slip. You take the stress of your day out on a customer? Don’t come crying to us when your actions have consequences. You choose to stay home from work because you want to make a political statement? Welp, we really hope you enjoyed your impromptu vacation because it just got extended.
That’s the situation dozens of people across the country are facing after they refused to show up for work last Thursday. These workers left their employers in the lurch so they could participate in the “Day Without Immigrants” protest movement, and they quickly found themselves confronted with the realities of the job market.
Apparently, we’re supposed to feel sorry for them. Do you?
According to Fox 23 News in Tulsa, Oklahoma, twelve Latino workers at the I Don’t Care Bar and Grill were fired after playing hooky on Thursday.
The station interviewed a local woman who said the restaurant’s owners should have given the employees a break.
“If you have 12 people who feel strongly and want to make a stand, I think management should have taken a look at that and at least stood by them or give them some time,” said Catherine Bishop.
Something tells us that Ms. Bishop does not own a business.
Similar firings happened at a company called Bradley Coatings, where 18 workers were axed after skipping out on their shifts. Apparently, they were told in no uncertain terms that this was the fate that awaited them, but they chose to go ahead and take their chances. Whoops.
Encore Boat Builders of South Carolina and a Florida daycare center also reportedly fired employees for picking politics over their responsibilities.
The only sad part about this story is that we’re talking about dozens of workers instead of hundreds. This isn’t even about the politics of the protest, which were absurdly misguided. This is about individual responsibility, which appears to be in short supply in many American cities. If business owners wanted to give their immigrant employees the day off, that’s their prerogative. But for these idiots to simply stay home so they could send a message to the Trump administration…well, we don’t blame their employers for giving them the boot.