MORRISONS WORKER THREATENED WITH THE SACK FOR WEARING POPPY PIN – Adam Austin, as a remark of respect for murdered soldier, Lee Rigby, decided to show his support by wearing a poppy pin.
Management at Morrisons Supermarket prohibits staff from wearing anything that could come loose and fall into food items.
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Do you think Morrisons is in the wrong and should we all be wearing a Poppy? Have your say… leave your comments below.
There’s no surprise that Morrisons Supermarket have sparked public outrage after suspending Adam Austin, a checkout worker, for wearing the Help of Heroes wristband and a poppy badge; all with the ideology that Adam simply wanted to display his respect for Lee Rigby who was murdered by Islamic terrorists last week.
Adam, as he reported it to the MailOnline, was escorted out of the Supermarket by security after bosses ordered him sent home due to failing to follow procedure and wearing prohibited items; after refusing to remove them.
Yes it could be argued that Morrisons has a point and that these items could fall off, land in a customer’s food and cause some backlash – especially if that items was to fall in the food of an Islamic terrorist supporter; who would no doubt find the whole affair highly offensive and sue Morrison – and probably win.
I want to take a pragmatic approach to this article but how on earth can you be pragmatic about political correctness and health and safety; both of which have become bathed in madness. I swear if I was to write a book suggesting half of what the PC and Health brigade do I would be committed to the local asylum.
I would openly challenge anyone to disagree but there again anyone who agrees with half the PC and Health & Safety mandate are probably insane and therefore it’s unlikely I, or anyone, would ever be able to get them to see common sense.
I fully understand Adam’s stance and certainly applaud him for making a stand to support our troops and pay his respects to Lee Rigby. You only have to look at the thousands of people who have laid flowers at the scene of Lee’s death to fully appreciate that Britain has come together in their grief and in one united voice have made it again perfectly clear to Islamic terrorists that their cowardly and heinous actions will never diminish our resolve to wipe out terrorism.
Did Morrisons take it too far? Well that’s the conundrum. Morrisons, like any other employer has a responsibility to its customers and it is bound, by law, to follow a number of ridiculous health and safety laws.
On the other hand I feel that Morrisons could have taken a much more pragmatic approach and simply allowed Adam to work in an area of the supermarket where it was unlikely that his Poppy Pin or Help for Heroes Writstband could have fallen into food – however unlikely that may have been.
The thing I do find most disturbing about this whole incident is that Adam’s manager asked him to take both items off in front of customers. Understandably Adam was extremely embarrassed and I for one stand alongside Adam and agree that he refused to do so. It would have been far more professional for the manager to ask Adam politely for a quiet word and then discuss the issue privately; therefore saving Adam or Morrisons any embarrassment.
Morrisons are now learning a painful lesson that could hit its profits. Adam’s story has hit the National headlines and even one Tory Minister twittered Morrisons stating they were a disgrace and that customers should boycott Morrisons.
Let’s not give up against the few that want to impose the increasing madness of political correctness or health and safety laws against us and certainly carry on supporting our troops by wearing the Help for Heroes wristbands and T shirts; and never forget your Poppy poppet.
Visit Help for Heroes at – www.helpforheroes.org.uk