So according to news reports, apparently a Gull Service station has been docking staff's pay when someone does a petrol drive off.
Boy has this got kiwi's rabbid, it's amazing.
What I haven't seen anything indicating yet, is whether there was a policy of prepay at these service stations which said staff were ignoring for either "customer" convenience, or "staff convenience".
If there was a policy in place, and to be fair I've yet to be to a service station this year where a sign isn't clearly posted saying pumps were on pre-pay, when why should the owner of the service station be subject to all this vitrol?
I go to my regular station and because I am there often, the people who work there, will often unlock the pumps for me, at their discretion, but it's COMPANY policy that I would have to pay beforehand.
It raises some interesting points I think. I wonder from time to time, where if a staff has ignored a documented policy, what rights the employer should have of financial recourse in the event of financial loss? It's all well and good to say that because staff are salaried they should be exempt, but
it's hardly reasonable in my opinion to apply such a blanket rule to every situation. Financial loss potentially affects other staff, and the owners and the investment made, not to mention the ongoing financial security of their families.
Possibly if policy was in place, and recovery of funds from the thieves had a direct cost, then perhaps the staff should be subject to those costs instead?
The full facts aren't known, and I am not necessarily defending the owner of these actions, but I do believe the possibility exists that the owner isn't 100% in the wrong here.
Unfortunately, because of the bad publicity, I suspect regardless of the outcome of an investigation, these people will be repaid the money they were docked, and Gull will issue an apology. For once though, it would be nice to see that publicity and the court of public opinion wasn't the deciding factor,
and rather the legal interpretation was considered satisfactory.
I guess time will tell.