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Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:00 PM

Woman fired from KFC for being homeless

Woman fired for being homeless
KFC manager's version changes



A Tupelo woman hired earlier this month by a KFC was fired Monday after the franchise owner discovered she’s homeless.

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A document signed by that location’s general manager on March 12 confirms Jasica had been hired to perform “prep work” and would receive a paycheck every two weeks.

But when Jasica reported for duty Monday, franchise owner Chesley Ruff withdrew the job offer upon learning she lived at the Salvation Army.

“He told me to come back when I had an address and transportation,” Jasica recalled. “But how am I supposed to get all that without a job?”

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130322/NEWS01/303220029?nclick_check=1
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http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/03/30/worked-over-something-awful/

Tupelo woman fired for being homeless has new job

A woman fired from a KFC in Tupelo for being homeless has found a new job and an outpouring of support.

Eunice Jasica was tentatively hired Tuesday by On Time Transportation to shuttle Medicaid and Medicare patients to and from doctors’ appointments. She still must complete the final stages of her application process but should be on the job by early April, said the company’s office manager, Yolanda Baskin.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130327/NEWS/130327005/Tupelo-woman-fired-being-homeless-has-new-job?nclick_check=1

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kpete Mar 2013 OP
KarenS Mar 2013 #1
MrScorpio Mar 2013 #15
AndyA Mar 2013 #2
jerseyjack Mar 2013 #33
B Stieg Mar 2013 #35
AndyA Mar 2013 #50
Rowdyboy Mar 2013 #3
treestar Mar 2013 #4
Bay Boy Mar 2013 #5
Lady Freedom Returns Mar 2013 #44
L0oniX Mar 2013 #6
slackmaster Mar 2013 #7
octothorpe Mar 2013 #12
sakabatou Mar 2013 #13
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2013 #19
WinkyDink Mar 2013 #24
JimDandy Mar 2013 #27
Apophis Mar 2013 #29
awoke_in_2003 Mar 2013 #40
Lady Freedom Returns Mar 2013 #47
glowing Mar 2013 #8
shenmue Mar 2013 #9
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2013 #18
HappyMe Mar 2013 #10
NYC_SKP Mar 2013 #11
ck4829 Mar 2013 #30
Lady Freedom Returns Mar 2013 #48
limpyhobbler Mar 2013 #14
HereSince1628 Mar 2013 #16
limpyhobbler Mar 2013 #20
JimDandy Mar 2013 #36
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2013 #17
olddots Mar 2013 #21
WinkyDink Mar 2013 #22
JimDandy Mar 2013 #31
MoonchildCA Mar 2013 #39
JimDandy Mar 2013 #41
MoonchildCA Mar 2013 #42
JimDandy Mar 2013 #43
Blue Palasky Mar 2013 #23
Cooley Hurd Mar 2013 #25
diabeticman Mar 2013 #26
Lady Freedom Returns Mar 2013 #45
ck4829 Mar 2013 #28
EC Mar 2013 #32
savebigbird Mar 2013 #34
sylvi Mar 2013 #37
Lady Freedom Returns Mar 2013 #49
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:03 PM

1. Sometimes there are no words,,,,



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Response to KarenS (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:51 PM

15. Another case of cold-blooded American capitalism at work

I'm still hoping for the revolution to overthrow it

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:04 PM

2. Horrible.

Just about the time this woman is about to get back on her feet again, she gets knocked back down.

What difference would it make to KFC if she lives at the Salvation Army? After a few months of steady pay, she will be able to get her own place. If she does a good job, it shouldn't matter where she lives.

Rarely eat at KFC, but will let them know I won't eat there in the future because of this.

I hope the woman gets another opportunity, perhaps a reasonable employer with empathy and a desire to help mankind will see her story and offer her a better job.

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Response to AndyA (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:47 PM

33. Remember, this was one francise owner, not the corporation.

 

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Response to jerseyjack (Reply #33)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 04:01 PM

35. They hired the jerk

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Response to jerseyjack (Reply #33)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 08:15 PM

50. KFC corporate can put pressure on the francise owner

They should be aware that this owner is creating negative publicity for them.

I've already sent them a message. I'm sure they'd love to hear from others regarding this as well: http://www.kfc.com/about/contact.asp

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:07 PM

3. Twenty years ago I actually worked with the sorry assed fuck who fired her....

He ran a KFC in another small town in the area then and I worked for the Employment office. He was an arrogant, entitled jerk then and apparently nothing has changed. Way to show your true colors Ches....

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:08 PM

4. What possible reason could they have for this insanity?

And yet they'd claim if she took public benefits she was lazy. Crazy.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:10 PM

5. I don't see why living at the Salvation Army

would be a concern. I can understand the lack of transportation, but gosh give the girl a chance to arrange some.

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Response to Bay Boy (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 06:13 PM

44. It happens all the time.

It is the stigma that you are a loser and a alcoholic/drug addict. As for transportation, many use buses to get to work today, but it is also a good excuse to use/ give a person for firing.

Thanks to "Right to work" they don't need a real reason for firing you. Their have been people, qualified people with great work records, skipped for a job because the boss did not think they could work hard enough due to a credit check showed a rough score.
Many employers are looking for something that is hard to find anymore. The Classic Middle Class worker. That is something that is almost extinct now. People come with baggage now. What employers need to understand is that it is the job that will help to relive that baggage and giving a person that chance will make you a loyal employee.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:11 PM

6. Chesley Ruff is in for some fun with the internets. n/t

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:15 PM

7. Something about this story doesn't add up. I know people who have lived in shelters and had jobs.

 

The shelter's address becomes your address for as long as you live there. If the address is some kind of HR or payroll requirement and you live at the Salvation Army post, just give them the Salvation Army's address.

It's none of the employer's business how you get to work as long as you show up on time.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:16 PM

12. Apparently he's now saying he fired her because he thought she was too old

and couldn't lift 50 lbs boxes. Either way, the guy is a complete ass and I hope he gets sued for discrimination.


She did get a new job that sounds better than KFC though.

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Response to octothorpe (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:18 PM

13. That's awesome that she found a new job

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Response to octothorpe (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:02 PM

19. awful

 

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Response to octothorpe (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:08 PM

24. Oh, THAT would be a BETTER lawsuit!

 

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #24)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:27 PM

27. Darn...beat me to it. n/t

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Response to octothorpe (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:29 PM

29. Glad she got a new job.

 

I hope the supervisor gets sued.

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Response to octothorpe (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 04:51 PM

40. Oh, he is an ageist...

 

much better- what an asshat.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 06:52 PM

47. It should not be their business but many that believe the old stereotypes make it their business.

those that get jobs and are able to keep it on the down low can keep the job. But many cases a Co-worker that finds out and makes a big deal about it, negatively. Then there are managers out there that finds it creepy to hire homeless.

That is one of many hurtles people face when they fight to get back up.


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 01:21 PM

8. Many places have the 3 mo probation.. fired for any reason at all or no reason.

 

I'm surprised the idiot told her why he was getting rid of her.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:04 PM

9. Oh mercy

I want to punch something.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:00 PM

18. me too

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:13 PM

10. This is just sad.

How are people supposed to make a fresh start if crap like this goes on.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:14 PM

11. You know, a lawsuit, even a class action lawsuit, isn't half of what needs to happen here.

 

Fuck this shit.

We need national legislation enacting and/or restoring workers' rights.

This is a crime.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:29 PM

30. Agreed

We also need a stronger safety net and a CCC-style employer of last resort.

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #30)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 06:59 PM

48. +1

The rebirth of the WPA and CCC would help so many. We need the infrastructure worked on in this country and we have many that would/will jump at the chance to work again.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:49 PM

14. Probably hundreds of people get turned down for jobs every day because they are homeless.

Seems weird to actually get fired for it.

Actually not too different from normal.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:56 PM

16. American society is set up to punish the poor

no doubt about that.

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:03 PM

20. Yep. Homeless people especially.

They aren't allowed to put tents up anywhere where they might be seen and relatively safe. Like a park or something. Instead cops force them to hide out of site in dangerous places like under bridges. It's a cruel system.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 04:17 PM

36. Had to hide the fact that I was homeless

when I was job hunting 20 years ago. I had a car though, so it wasn't as rough on me as what she encountered, but it was bad enough. The shelter I stayed at with my infant son provided me with an address that was really just a mail drop and a phone number where messages could be left. Without that phone#, I couldn't have landed my job.

Was able to keep my homelessness a secret for 2 months from my employer. Just before Christmas, one of the employees I worked closely with confessed that he had followed me to the shelter after my supervisor let slip that that's where I lived (he had to have followed me first to the daycare my son went to, then the gas station and finally to the shelter). He did so, because his mindset had always been that people who lived at shelters were bums who chose not to work and he simply could not believe that an employee of this firm could be homeless, then hired and have been able to hide their homelessness from everyone (I dressed impeccably, which was a chore because getting showers and laundry done around the needs of 100 other people in the shelter was difficult).

He invited me and my boys to Christmas with his family, who then showered them with gifts--an experience my oldest son remembers to this day as magical.

There are good people in this world who counter-act all the bad ones like this KFC owner.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 02:59 PM

17. ugh. hate that manager

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:03 PM

21. Dear Mr. Ruff

 

You are the front runner in the Repuke Of The Year contest please report to the 6th. ring of Dante's Inferno .

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:07 PM

22. Why would the boss care if the employee had to find transportation, until she couldn't?

 

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #22)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:40 PM

31. Employers actually can discriminate during hiring

based on whether you have a car to get to work or not. It seems ludicrous to even ask that on an application form in a place like NYC, but in podunk CO where there isn't even a public transportation system, let alone a subway, it matters. I've been on both sides of this problem...problematic both ways.

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #31)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 04:46 PM

39. Actually they can only ask if you have reliable transportation.

Last edited Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:53 AM - Edit history (2)

It is not the boss' business if that's a car, a bike, the bus, or your feet. They can only ask about a vehicle if you are required to use it to perform the job itself, like delivery or a traveling sales rep, or some such thing. How you get to work is not their business and it is illegal to ask.

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Response to MoonchildCA (Reply #39)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 04:55 PM

41. Was misinformed then

in the "Entrepreneurship for Single Parent's" classes I took before starting my business. That was in the mid 90s though, so perhaps the law has changed since then?

Eta: You've got me intrigued. Going to check with the Dept of Labor on this, because if my memory is correct, this issue was decided via a court case. Could be wrong, though.

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #41)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 05:03 PM

42. I only happen to know this...

...because I'm currently in a business class, and we just covered this in the HR portion. Again, they can ask if you have reliable transportation, just not what it actually is. In this case, if the woman could, in fact, get to work, she could have a case.

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Response to MoonchildCA (Reply #42)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 05:11 PM

43. Ah... thanks!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:07 PM

23. good for her

 

seriously am happy for her that she doesn't have spend her time over disgusting fry vats and will be helping others. as for the KFC g.m.: a big middle finger

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:22 PM

25. Working at KFC is awful work...

 

It was my first "over-the-table" job. And, it was BRUTAL. Covered in grease every night. The one saving grace was that I got to eat the leftovers. At 17. 30 years later, I've injected vegetables into my diet. If I didn't, my 1st employer would've killed me.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:24 PM

26. Isn't that illegal? It should be illegal! First people getting fired for vocing opinions

on facebook or twitter that might be "demeaning" to employer or company.

now this.

THIS SERF IS TIRED OF THE BS EMPLOYERS CAN GET AWAY WITH!

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Response to diabeticman (Reply #26)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 06:24 PM

45. Nope, not illegal.

If you read many an application today you see that when you sign it, you say you understand they can dismiss you at any time with no reason.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:28 PM

28. A symptom of the problem

The "You have to be employed to get a job" AKA "You have to already have security if you want to get security" culture continues.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:47 PM

32. yeah, isn't that the pits

they would even suggest that someone who has a vested interest in being at work to earn money would be unreliable.. sometimes it just makes me so mad that they can't see that someone in need is going to make more of an effort to get to work, not less.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 03:55 PM

34. I hate that so much.

HATE, HATE, HATE IT!!!!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 04:30 PM

37. So much for the whole "bootstraps" thing, eh?

 

At least as far as this prick is concerned. Here's a person making a good faith effort trying to improve her lot in life, and gets cut down because of it. Ruff should be suspended from his job and forced to live in a shelter and see how well he does under her circumstances. It might open his eyes.

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Response to sylvi (Reply #37)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 07:28 PM

49. It is stuff like what happened in this story that many have given up.

They fight to pick themselves up. Yet, they get knocked down for it.

The stereotype of a homeless person is the biggest culprit. The face has been dramatically changing for the last 2 decades, but what people think has not.

There come a point in the long fight against the stereotypes that one can't take it any more. Some have fought it so long they end up mentally scared and broken due to the depression that sets in.

The woman in this story is a lucky woman. She has been able to fight the odds. Many more out there that the "bootstraps" that many Conservatives keeps talking about have worn out.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 04:46 PM

38. Now she has a much better job and a chance at a future helping others instead of corporate profit.

In the end, this turned out very well because of the outrage over how unfairly she was treated!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 06:28 PM

46. Heartless a$$hole!

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