Argos sack long-standing worker for pair of moany Facebook updates
High street catalogue addicts Argos are currently in the eye of a controversy storm after it was revealed that they sacked a cancer-suffering worker for having a bit of a whinge about his employers on Facebook.
56-year-old David Rowat got the boot after two Facebook updates that didn’t even name his employers, but were still deemed by Argos to be acts of ‘gross misconduct’.
What were these earth-shattering outbursts from David? Well, the first one was….
“Had a great day back at work after my hols who am I kidding!!”
Meanwhile, the second one was…
“Back to the shambles that is work”
Woah! Controversial stuff there! No doubt all of David’s 89 followers will have soon spread the word about David’s feelings, leading to a huge downturn in the fortunes of Argos. It’s simple – he had to go. And go he did, marched out of the Romford branch by security after being given the tin tack last Tuesday – a fitting end after 13 years of service.
David told the Romford Recorder: “I would understand it if I had said something really bad about the company, but it was a little grumble. I’m the sole breadwinner in my house – my wife had to take early retirement because of ill-health – so I’m not sure what I’m going to do for work.”
However, Argos have been bullish on the matter, saying: “This has been identified as a gross misconduct disciplinary procedure. We take matters of this nature extremely seriously and have arrived at this course of action after an extensive internal investigation that involved multiple factors and events. As a responsible employer it is our duty to uphold the confidential nature of employee disciplinary procedures.”
Of course, now the story is all over the Twittersphere and the bad PR for Argos will far outweigh any purpose that sacking David might have served. Oh dear.