Cruel boss tells bereaved dog owners to bring dead pet in if they want day off

A heartless restaurant manager has been fired after she sent a furious note to staff telling them: “If your dog died, you need to bring [the body] in and prove it to us.”

The demanding boss worked at a branch of the popular Olive Garden Italian restaurant chain in Kansas City.

On Tuesday, the manager sent a furious message to staff, claiming the number of people calling in sick was increasing at a “staggering” rate.

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In the extended email rant the manager wrote: “From now on, if you call off, you might as well go out and look for another job. We are no longer tolerating any excuse for [calling in sick].

“If you're sick," they said, "you need to come prove it to us. If your dog died, you need to bring him in and prove it to us.

"If it’s a ‘family emergency’ and you can't say, too bad. Go work somewhere else. If you only want morning shifts, too bad – go work at a bank.

"If anyone from here on out calls out more than ONCE in the next 30 days you will not have a job."

They added in their 11-and-a-half years at the company, they had never taken a sick day – even when they had a car accident on the way to work.

“I got in a wreck literally on my to work one time,” they claimed. "Airbags went off and my car was totalled, but you know what, I made it to work, ON TIME!

"There are no more excuses. Us, collectively as a management team have had enough. If you don't want to work here, don't. It's as simple as that.”

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Saying they didn’t want to see any more complaints about long hours, they added it was part of the job, stressing: “You're in the restaurant business.”

“Do you think I want to be here until midnight on Friday and Saturday?” They wrote. “I'd much rather be at home with my husband and dog, going to the movies or seeing family. But I don’t.”

The manager signed off by thanking those employees who “come in every day on time and work hard”, saying “I wish there were more like you”.

However, the manager themselves won’t be coming in on time, or at all, any more.

Rich Jeffers, a spokesman for Olive Garden's parent company Darden Restaurants, confirmed to Snopes that the letter was real and added: "We strive to provide a caring and respectful work environment for our team members. This message is not aligned with our company's values. We can confirm we have parted ways with this manager."


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