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Popular Florida restaurant fires its workers through text message

By Mason White 8:40 AM July 19, 2013
The text message in question 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A company came up with a clever idea how to proceed with the difficult task of firing its workers.

Being fired, is an emotionally difficult experience for employees. So pity the former employees of the Barducci’s Italian Bistro, who recently learned they had lost their jobs through a text message. The restaurant is located in Winter Park, Florida.

To top it off, employees received the news on July 4, Jodi Jackson, an employee who was fired via text message, said.
Some employers use text message in order to avoid face conversations that could be uncomfortable and unpleasant, but Jackson, who worked at the company for two years, feels that the text message from her former boss was inexcusable. “I think it’s immoral. I think it’s cowardice,” Jackson said.

To make matters worse, Jackson is still waiting to receive her final paycheck. The restaurant manager said in a statement by text of course: “Business all across Florida close down all the time especially in the restaurant sector. We apologize and we are working to resolve the issue regarding your final paycheck.”

This is not the first report of business firing their employees through non-sensitive methods. In 2010, Shayne Bolsher learned he lost his job as a manager at Fife Fine Foods in Leicestershire, England, when his boss sent him this text message:

“Dear Shayne. It is with regret that I give you just a weeks notice, but due to the continuing drop in business I will have to let you go. I was going to call during working hours, but I received your number after the close of regular business hours. I will give you reference if you need. Barry.”

Also, a waitress in the United Kingdom found out that she lost her job through a Facebook wall post.