Saturday, January 12, 2008

German boss fires staff for not smoking

This is an article I read on "" - see the link above

A small German company has fired its non-smoking employees for being disruptive, and sworn only to hire smokers from now on.

You can almost hear the wingeing of the non-smokers from HERE!

BRILLIANT - I wish this had been me!

But this is how things should be! An employer should have the right to hire the staff he requires or desires. Then there would be no NEED for ALL bars to be smoke free. People could chose to go to a bar that was either smoking or non-smoking. Bar owners of non-smoking bars could hire only non-smokers and vice versa.

Drinks and food etc would be more expensive in a smoking bar because:
The wages would possibly be HIGHER in a smoking bar due to the health risk involved.
The bar staff would be required to have personal health insurance, OR maybe the bar would have to have some kind of policy that covered its staff due to working in a smoky atmosphere.
The Health insurance premiums would be HIGHER because they are smokers
Only smokers to be admitted, or Admission on the acceptance or understanding of the health risks they are taking.

All these additional costs get passed on to the consumer - the bar patrons who chose to go to such an establishment.

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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