Big Brother is Listening
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Mon, 18 Mar 1996 12:48:29 -0500
This just appeared in the March '96 issue of "The American Scouting Traders
Association Report". No author was credited.
"Big Brother is Listening"
"When David Lambert heard about Philmont's new policy on the length of hair
for staff members, he posted to a Philmont Staff conference bulleting board
on the Internet, disagreeing vehemently with the policy.
"A few weeks later, he received this letter from Philmont.
"'Dear Dave: This letter is to inform you that as of this date Philmont
voids the agreement for you to be employed as a member of the 1996 seasonal
summer staff. Your outspoken disagreement with at least one Philmont
policy, and the fact that while at Cimarron over the New Year's weekend you
did not talk with any of the Philmont management team about your
disagreement, has caused us to feel you would not be able to comfortably
observe or supervise other staff members in this policy area. Thank you for
the effort you exerted on behalf of the Boy Scouts of American during the
six summers you were employed at Philmont.'
"Guess you never know who's listening in on the Internet."
No credit was given for who wrote the letter.
While I will not argue whether an employer has the right to fire those who
disagree with their policies since I believe it generally does, I wanted to
share this with you all as a caution that when writing in any sort of
"public" or quasi-public form you do not know who is reading what you write.
As with anything else, actions and words have ramifications. Sometimes
they are unanticipated. As I was told in TTT, the BSA is NOT a democracy.
Beware what you write here and elsewhere, you never know who will read it!
Unit Commissioner, Three Fires Council, IL
I used to be a buffalo... (SR-92, working ticket)
...but I will always be an Eagle (1981)
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