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Bakery Worker Sacked After 17 Years' Service... For Eating A Nut On The Production Line

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1281602/Bakery-worker-sacked-17-years-service--eating-nut-production-line.html

A woman who worked at a bakery for 17 years was sacked for eating a piece of nut on the production line. Susan Longworth, 54, of Bolton, Lancashire, was placing chopped hazelnut on toffee cakes at the town's Park Cakes bakery. While waiting for the next batch of cakes to arrive, Mrs Longworth popped a piece of hazelnut into her mouth.

Factory worker Susan Longworth who lost her job at a bakery after 17 years service for eating a chopped hazelnut from a production line

But her boss spotted her and called her into his office. Within minutes she had been suspended and was escorted from the premises. Mrs Longworth said: 'He said he was taking into consideration my honesty and the length of time I had been working there and I thought he was going to give me a warning.

'I could not believe it when he said he was sacking me.

'He said it was like stealing from the company and it was gross misconduct. 'Everybody is shocked by what has happened, people keep saying they cannot believe it. 'Most of all, I am just annoyed by what I have done for that company and this is how they have treated me after 17 years.'

A spokesman for Park Cakes said: 'Park Cakes Bakeries takes issues of hygiene very seriously indeed and has very strict rules about eating or chewing on the production line.

'To do so is an act of gross misconduct and, as such, warrants dismissal.'

He added that Mrs Longworth was the only fulltime member of staff to be dismissed for eating, but said a number of agency staff had previously been removed immediately for the same reason. Mrs Longworth said that, while she understood the rules, hygiene was never mentioned to her as a reason for dismissal during the meetings she had with bosses.

I wonder if they got rid of her for "hygiene reasons", or whether it was because they wanted an excuse to get shot of her without having to pay any redundancy? Would she have a case at a tribunal?

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I wonder if they got rid of her for "hygiene reasons", or whether it was because they wanted an excuse to get shot of her without having to pay any redundancy? Would she have a case at a tribunal?

This is a Daily Mail piece. There's almost certainly a big back story they haven't mentioned.

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This is a Daily Mail piece. There's almost certainly a big back story they haven't mentioned.

Either that or it's a company looking to lay off people pronto, and has briefed it's managers to find any excuse to sack people where possible

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This is capitalism. Any excuse to get rid of you. Nothing new.

Funny how nobody sympathises when a London office worker gets fired for breaking company email regulations e.g. accidentally forwarding a lewd joke or something frankly trivial.

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Makes perfect sense. In a Capitalist system she had little value beyond what price could be achieved by slaughtering her and processing her into dog meat. Likely the company wanted an excuse to get rid of her and were going to use any flimsy pretext they were presented with.

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There is a back story, imho it wouldnt be grounds for dismissal...

Line Managers rarely have the authority to sack. They do the sacking on the authority of a Director. Its quite possible the line manager couldn't believe what he was expected to do. Its a cheap way of cutting staff levels.

Having said that she did steal a slice of hazelnut. I would have given her 40 public lashes, but then I'm a bit of a softy me! Only 40...

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This is capitalism. Any excuse to get rid of you. Nothing new.

Funny how nobody sympathises when a London office worker gets fired for breaking company email regulations e.g. accidentally forwarding a lewd joke or something frankly trivial.

There normally is a bit of sympathy for an office worker getting sacked due to an over-zealous e-mail policy.

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I wonder if they got rid of her for "hygiene reasons", or whether it was because they wanted an excuse to get shot of her without having to pay any redundancy? Would she have a case at a tribunal?

I think you're right -- they may not have wanted to shell out on the redundancy payment.

As an aside, I hate it when people say things like: "Most of all, I am just annoyed by what I have done for that company ... after 17 years". Presumably, she did get paid for those 17 years, and she wasn't just doing it as a favour. Very much like saying, "I worked for that place for 42 years, and all I got was a clock."

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They might have no eating because she puts her hands to her mouth then back to the nuts.

This is a Daily Mail piece. There's almost certainly a big back story they haven't mentioned.

Not this Daily Wail all over again, The Bolton News wrote it and it's in every paper all the same.

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/8185049.Eating_a_nut_at_work_led_to_sack/

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They definitely wanted to get rid of her.

As wayy back in the 1990s McDonalds were ok with you filtching a chip or a bit of lettuce now and again.

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This is a Daily Mail piece. There's almost certainly a big back story they haven't mentioned.

Just about to type this but you took the words out of my mouth. Even just looking at the topic title which didn't mention which newspaper (or indeed whether it was a newspaper headline at all), I just knew it was The Daily Mail.

Has the unwritten agenda been revealed yet?

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