Texas, and other southern states, are experiencing a rare event: below-freezing weather and snow. It’s so cold in Texas that wind turbines froze, causing rolling blackouts for 3.8 million people. Yet, a small retail store owner sent out the following message to his employees:
Just to be clear with everyone. Cold weather is not an excusable reason to not come to work. If you don’t show for your shift and you didn’t find coverage…it’s considered job abandonment. I do not have sympathy for a little snow and cold. Half the nation lives in this weather for 4 months every year. [Ellipses in the original.]
This is precisely how you find yourself with no employees and a failing business. And, while he’s right that many, many people deal with cold and snow and ice every winter, it’s not the same as it is in Texas.
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