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Admin Fired for Eating Boss' Food

Admin Fired for Eating Boss' Food

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October 14, 2009

I have heard of some pretty damn stupid reasons for getting fired, but this one is up there on the top ten list.

A German secretary, 59-year-old Magdalene, was charged with putting together a buffet of food for her boss and some of his guests. After setting up, she ate a frikadelle (a kind of German meatball, apparently) and two halves of a roll that she had made into an ersatz sandwich. After another employee reported her, she was fired.

Let’s see both sides of the story, shall we? First up, Magdalene’s lawyer:

“She was of the opinion that her behavior was acceptable,” said her lawyer Wolfgang Pinkepank. “Bread rolls and burgers left over after conferences are always given to employees to eat.” Magdalene had taken the sandwich beforehand, succumbing to a hunger pang.

And now, the company’s official response:

“Outwardly this of course seems like a trifling matter,” the company’s managing director, Hermann Schulte-Hiltrop, told Bild [a German newspaper]. “This is a highly sensitive case. When you lose your trust in someone you are left with a bad feeling.”

In case there was any confusion on this matter, I’m Team Magdalene.

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