WellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1105 times:
I'm sure he didn't get where he is by paying for other people's mistakes. The attitude that she shouldn't have to pay for screwing up his pants because he makes more money than her is quite despicable. The fact that she forwarded that email raises the possibility that she distributes sensitive and confidential information, as well. I would terminate her immediately.
While the death of a family member is never an easy time, if she was not prepared to focus on work, she should not have returned to the office. I do have sympathy for her because of the loss of her mother, but not for the pants.
Pope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1053 times:
Quoting Banco (Reply 4): Oh, for God's sake! It's four quid. Demanding payment when someone accidentally gets a few spots of ketchup on them is just pathetic. He deserves everything he gets.
Funny thing is, I don't think he's legally entitled to it. If it really was just an accident (i.e. the ketchup spattered while being poured), I think he'd be hard pressed to show negligence. Without negligence or a contractual obligations, I don't think his secretary is liable for the event.
Sort of like when a rock gets kicked up by the car in front of you and breaks the windshield.
Pendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1016 times:
It was incredibly rude of him to send the e-mail, but it was also very rude of her not to offer to have the pants dry-cleaned in the first place. I mean if I spilled anything on someone's clothes that I worked with then I would have the decency to offer to dry-clean them. Most normal people would refuse this and just take care of the stain themselves, but still, one should offer!
767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1005 times:
This story never should have made the press.
I don't think the guy is necessarily a jerk. For starters, perhaps the lawyer wasn't aware that her mother had died. It could be a very large firm, she could be some other lawyer's secretary, etc.
Secondly, perhaps there is some history of this woman acting in an irresponsible manner in regards to how she treats people's stuff, and the lawyer is just trying to make her realize that she needs to be more careful. Or perhaps the ketchup stained happened as a result of the secretary getting plastered at a firm function, and he is trying to make her aware of how her behavior affected others.
In my opinion, his email is polite and "matter of fact" and the secretary acted inappropriately. I agree that if she was so emotionally distraught she should not have been at work. What if some client had called to complain about something? Would she have flown off the handle then?