Thursday, January 10, 2008

NON-smoking workers get fired in Germany

My bad for not having a article URL, but I found this article on a forum..and the article gave me a big grin! I wish people in America fired non-smoking workers in the past for causing crap with smoking co-workers.

Maybe it would be tougher to have a smoking ban if we did the right thing in the past. If a nonsmoker doesn't like smelling smoke at work 2-3 decades ago, he/she should've gotten fired for causing crap.

BERLIN (Reuters) - The owner of a small German computer company has fired three non-smoking workers because they were threatening to disturb the peace after they requested a smoke-free environment.

The manager of the 10-person IT company in Buesum, named Thomas J., told the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper he had fired the trio because their non-smoking was causing disruptions.

Germany introduced non-smoking rules in pubs and restaurants on January 1, but Germans working in small offices are still allowed to smoke.

"I can't be bothered with trouble-makers," Thomas was quoted saying. "We're on the phone all the time and it's just easier to work while smoking. Everyone picks on smokers these days. It's time for revenge. I'm only going to hire smokers from now on."

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