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To the informant amongst us…

By Postalgeek - 5 March 2010 32

‘Frank’ recently had a bit of a rant on Riotact concerning surly customers at a parking station.  All in all it was a fairly innocuous thread until I read a comment from Gorilla:

Wow didnt actually think someone would actually send this into Frank’s workplace as a complaint. Such a low act to dob someone in who was obviously venting their anger. He lost his job cause someone who saw this actually had the nerves to send it in as a complaint. That person is probably one of the customers who refuse and complain about paying $2 for parking.

As a former employee of the carpark I definately know how infuriating it is to deal with someone refusing to pay $1 for their parking(which is what it used to be when I was working their). Seriously how cheap and stingy are some people? A condition of entry into the carpark clearly state that if you enter and use the facility you are obliged to follow their rules as it is privately owned. If you can’t accept that go park outside of the centre in the government spots then when you pass your ticketed time you can have a nice yellow envelope on your front screen if your so lucky.

Anyway the person that forwarded this subject onto the Centre Management lowest of low you are.

I would just like to say that what Frank said was ultimately harmless, possibly offensive if you’re that way inclined, but harmless.  What you did was not harmless.

‘Frank’ was stupid enough to give details about his situation to strangers on a forum, thinking that people would respect the anonymity of the forum.  Evidently not.  To take offence at a petty slight and inform on a person, leading to major negative consequences for that person, is contemptible in my book.  It undermines this forum, it undermines the internet, and it undermines democratic society and the freedom of speech.

Police states love people like you.

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32 Responses to
To the informant amongst us…
I-filed 10:57 am 06 Mar 10

goose said :

Firstly, I was the one that said I would forward it, but I didn’t and retracted my statement.
Secondly, no manager will sack an employee on a complaint. They will be spoken to and given a warning (3 times is the norm).
I hope Frank finds a better job soon.

I’m glad you’ve reassured us on that front! I did believe your retraction though! Cheers

sunshine 8:54 am 06 Mar 10

Clown Killer said :

How do we know it was someone who reported his little rant? Couldn’t it be possible that the owners or managers of the business found their own way to RiotACT? As far as the outcome is concerned, I would imagine that if “Frank’s” post was indeed “harmless” then he probably wouldn’t have lost his job.

In reality though I doubt his dismissal had much to do with the rant here on RA – it’s more likely that he was sacked for being a twat.

bingo!

Brindabella 8:31 am 06 Mar 10

Postalgeek said :

Brindabella said :

Postalgeek said…
“it undermines the internet”

I love this bit…

and then goes on to talk about freedom of speech!

classic.

“undermines the internet!”

Love it.

Yeah. In a second draft I might’ve stopped at ‘this forum’. Put it down to a stroppy mood and a mid strength beer the night before.

Kinda reminds me of the statement Jen made here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrQUWUfmR_I

Postalgeek 8:25 am 06 Mar 10

Brindabella said :

Postalgeek said…
“it undermines the internet”

I love this bit…

and then goes on to talk about freedom of speech!

classic.

“undermines the internet!”

Love it.

Yeah. In a second draft I might’ve stopped at ‘this forum’. Put it down to a stroppy mood and a mid strength beer the night before.

georgesgenitals 7:51 am 06 Mar 10

Clown Killer said :

How do we know it was someone who reported his little rant? Couldn’t it be possible that the owners or managers of the business found their own way to RiotACT? As far as the outcome is concerned, I would imagine that if “Frank’s” post was indeed “harmless” then he probably wouldn’t have lost his job.

In reality though I doubt his dismissal had much to do with the rant here on RA – it’s more likely that he was sacked for being a twat.

This seems the most likely outcome to me. Perhaps the original post was the final nail in the coffin?

CJ 7:34 am 06 Mar 10

I heard it was a cyclist.

goose 6:40 am 06 Mar 10

Firstly, I was the one that said I would forward it, but I didn’t and retracted my statement.
Secondly, no manager will sack an employee on a complaint. They will be spoken to and given a warning (3 times is the norm).
I hope Frank finds a better job soon.

cleo 1:18 am 06 Mar 10

Maybe they did him a good turn, one door closes and another opens, he wasn’t happy with his job anyway, good luck for the furture Frank.

vg 1:14 am 06 Mar 10

benett said :

I have to say I’m not surprised if somebody did go out of their way to make a complaint.

The ‘RiotACT’ is full of dibber-dobbers and busy bodies. What better way to pass your time than to make everything your business, take things further than they should be taken and make attention-grabbing tasteless puns.

Speaking for myself, I may stereotype certain sections of the community, but I never attack those that can’t stand up for themselves. You wont see me posting things like “hang that wack-job lezzo” either.

All I am saying is have a little compassion. Don’t be an arse-hole all your life.

Pot, this is kettle…….over

Dazzlar 12:06 am 06 Mar 10

It is a bit like dobbing to the teacher! I hope that Frank finds a better job and is happy. I saw that K Mart at The Hyperdoom are hiring!

Pandy 9:37 pm 05 Mar 10

Often dob negative comments about places reviewed/services etc that appear on RA to whom it may concern. Right of reply and all that.

benett 9:06 pm 05 Mar 10

I have to say I’m not surprised if somebody did go out of their way to make a complaint.

The ‘RiotACT’ is full of dibber-dobbers and busy bodies. What better way to pass your time than to make everything your business, take things further than they should be taken and make attention-grabbing tasteless puns.

Speaking for myself, I may stereotype certain sections of the community, but I never attack those that can’t stand up for themselves. You wont see me posting things like “hang that wack-job lezzo” either.

All I am saying is have a little compassion. Don’t be an arse-hole all your life.

vg 9:03 pm 05 Mar 10

So your saying someone got sacked because of comments on a public forum like this?

If he was stupid enough to admit that he did it then that’s his problem. Here’s a lesson for you, you put it on a public internet forum it will not stay private.

“and it undermines democratic society and the freedom of speech.”

Bollocks, this is free speech at work. It doesn’t always have positive outcomes

Brindabella 7:58 pm 05 Mar 10

Postalgeek said…
“it undermines the internet”

I love this bit…

and then goes on to talk about freedom of speech!

classic.

“undermines the internet!”

Love it.

Clown Killer 7:56 pm 05 Mar 10

How do we know it was someone who reported his little rant? Couldn’t it be possible that the owners or managers of the business found their own way to RiotACT? As far as the outcome is concerned, I would imagine that if “Frank’s” post was indeed “harmless” then he probably wouldn’t have lost his job.

In reality though I doubt his dismissal had much to do with the rant here on RA – it’s more likely that he was sacked for being a twat.

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