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Olive Garden Fires Manager Who Asked Sick Employees For Proof

The Olive Garden has fired a restaurant manager in Kansas after he warned employees taking sick leave that they need to prove they’re actually sick.

Olive Garden restaurant exterior. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The restaurant’s parent company, Darden, told Fox Television Stations that the manager in question has indeed been let go, Fox13 reports.

“I can confirm that the message was sent by a manager to employees of the restaurant,” a spokesperson for the company told Fox. “We separated with the manager shortly after learning about it.”

The manager told employees that if anyone calls in sick, “you might as well go out and look for another job,” KCTV5 reported.

Read the full note below (emphasis ours):

Our call offs are occurring at a staggering rate. From now on, if you call off, you might as well go out and look for another job. We are no longer tolerating ANY excuse for calling off. If you’re sick, you need to come prove it to us. If your dog died, you need to bring him in and prove it to us. If its a “family emergency” and you can’t say, too bad. Go work somewhere else. If you only want morning shifts, too bad go work at a bank. If anyone from here on out calls out more than ONCE in the next 30 days you will not have a job. Do you know in my 11.5 years at Darden how many days I called off? Zero. I came in sick. I got in a wreck literally on my to work one time, airbags went off and my car was totaled, but you know what, I made it to work, ON TIME! There are no more excuses. Us, collectively as a management team have had enough. If you don’t want to work here, don’t. It’s as simple as that. If you’re here and want to work, then work. No more complainging about not being cut or not being able to leave early. You’re in the restaurant business. Do you think I want to be here until midnight on Friday and Saturday? No. I’d much rather be at home with my husband and dog, going to the movies or seeing family. But I don’t, I’m dedicated to being here. As should you. No more excuses or complaints.

I hope you choose to continue to work here and I think we (management) make it as easy as we can on ya’ll. Thank you for your time and thank you to those who come in every day on time and work hard. I wish there were more like you.

Maybe Elon is hiring in the Twitter cafeteria?

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