On our town’s social media page, someone posted that they witnessed an employee working the drive up window “coughing their lungs out” and heard her tell co-workers that she was not quite over a bad stomach bug, and felt awful. The numerous posts that followed were outraged over this and several added that they see this “all too often”. Someone did contact the business and shortly after, the original post was taken down by the author with the explanation that the company was taking measures to correct things and asked that the post be taken down.
How dare these people come to work sick and cough all over my coffee and breakfast sandwich! Why, I could get seriously ill. This company needs to correct this issue!
I wanted to comment on the post, but again, it was taken down before I could ask all these outraged suburban homeowners in a well to do town the following questions:
- What sort of health insurance do you think this company provides for its employees?
- Assuming there is some sort of insurance, how high are the deductibles and co-pays and so forth?
- How much per hour do you think this person makes, and how much of that can they afford to spend on the aforementioned?
- How many paid sick days do you think this person is allowed each year?
I will assume that the replies would be that theses are low skilled jobs, meant for high school kids, and these people need to better themselves if they want a job that allows for good medical care and paid sick leave..
If that’s the case, how can any of them demand a coffee and breakfast sandwich be served by a healthy and well employee? How much are they willing to spend to not get sick themselves?