Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Batty Employees


You might not agree with stuff that your boss tells you about your job performance. And if that's the case, really the best thing you can do for yourself in that situation is anything that doesn't validate what it is that your boss claims to be true. For example, if your boss claims you're always late? Don't be late, that is correct. If your boss claims you don't work on the Penske account? Work on the Penske account, that is also correct. If your boss claims that you have poor job performance? Beat him senseless with an aluminum baseball bat, that is....wait. What now?

Yes, it would seem that in New Haven, CT at the Wal-Mart store, a one 26-year old Barry Griffin had been "...reprimanded for the second time in a few days" by the assistant manager, a one 29-year old George Freibott. That according to the New Haven Register. It would seem that Mr. Freibott wrote Mr. Griffin up for "poor job performance". Mr. Griffin, apparently completely befuddled as to where such an allegation would come into play, was "...captured on the store’s security system...grabbing a bat from a display rack in the sporting goods section." (I'm guessing that if there wasn't a valid basis for the "poor job performance" prior to that point, there was going to be one shortly afterwards!)

So allegedly, after being told of his alleged "poor job performance" and "grabbing a bat" (allegedly) the same security footage showed Mr. Griffin "...finding Freibott in the toy area of the store" where he then engaged in a few rounds of "Human Pinata" as he began beating Mr. Freibott, striking him no less than a dozen times while in the aisle of the toy department. Allegedly.

Wow. Talk about your mood swings. (I'll be here all week.)

And as if it bears any relevance to the events at all, the article also noted that "An employee told police Griffin appeared to be in good spirits earlier during the shift, but his mood turned." Really? He didn't spend his entire shift beating the man with a bat? No kidding "his mood turned." Go figure. Do you think it might have had anything at all to do with being written up for poor job performance? Allegedly? Do you think that might have been the cause of all of the alleged mood turning? I'm guessing it had something to do with it. I'm also guessing that the fact that Mr. Griffin seems to have anger management issues had even more to do with it than being written up.

Said assumed anger management issues would appear to be documented through court records which show "a 2007 conviction for third-degree assault" for which he "received a suspended sentence." And there is also "...a pending assault case in Superior Court in Meriden, according to a judicial database." Surprise. Well, his assault trifecta is now complete as he will be charged with first-degree assault and breach of peace just as soon as they can find him. He apparently fled before police arrived. That's going to make going back for his last check a little awkward I'd imagine. I wonder if the other aspects of this man's life are as ironic as this incident. Ironic and assault-y. Allegedly.

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