New Contest - Guess Who Will Be Fired?

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Running a contest to fire your employees? Wow...Pat thinks working conditions here are bad, and we even have gold plated toilets! Apparently in Iowa convenience stores, it's cool to run these contests to get your employees fired. The owner of a chain of stores there said he would give a $10 prize to workers who predicted who would be the next one fired. The boss, William Ernst - owner of QC Mart sent a memo to employees with these rules:

  • Employees gave the name of the next cashier they thought would be fired and put their name and date on the slip.
  • The store would have secret shoppers in QC Mart stores look for "cashiers wearing a hat, talking on a cellphone, not wearing a QC Mart shirt, having someone hanging around/behind the counter, and/or a personal car parked by the pumps after 7 p.m., among other things."
  • When that person was found and fired, the contest would start again.

A couple cashiers quit and filed for unemployment, so Ernst did what everyone expected him to do and challenged the claim since they had resigned voluntarily. There was a hearing where QC Mart Supervisor Anna DeFrieze testified that Ernst started the contest because his employees weren't following the rules.

"None of them were doing their job," she said. "They've repeatedly been told not to use their phone while they're working, that bad language is totally unacceptable and, you know, playing video games while you're working is not acceptable. They just broke all those rules." The employees testified that they quit because of the hostile work environment at QC Mart. The judge, Susan Ackerman, agreed with the employees and called the contest "egregious and deplorable" and said that "the employer's actions have clearly created a hostile work environment by suggesting its employees turn on each other for a minimal monetary prize."

Three things to learn here:

  1. If you're going to run a contest like this, make it a bigger prize - apparently $10 isn't enough for the judge. Maybe try a crisp new $100 bill?
  2. At least the cashiers there aren't getting robbed like at this store.
  3. Seriously, the guy should have just fired the employees if they're playing video games at work. When I need a Slurpee, I need it fast. Get off of Call Of Duty and ring me up!

And yes, I drew that picture myself in Photoshop. This marks day two of amazing artwork.

Source: USA Today

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