Slap o' the wrist... acceptable punishment?
Why does it seem that fire departments in general are having trouble laying down the law when it comes to members or employees acting in an unprofessional manner or violating workplace rules? Now, we have an EMT that has a prior record of unprofessional behavior, both in the workplace and on the street, and has to top it off with the theft and use of a deceased man's credit card? If you have not already, I urge you to read the story. Remeniscient of the previously discussed topic of pranks vs. vandalism (and anyone who read that thread knows my stance) and how one instance in Florida was handled... why are they not held fully accountable for what they've done?
What the hell is going on? Why should these people walk away with just a little sting on the hands instead of being read the riot act? Are the management types becoming too soft? Are they concerned with scaring off new prospects or losing them to the higher paying "tech sector" employers? I am a firm believer in trying to work with someone and giving them a chance to prove themselves, but there has to be a line drawn somewhere, and when an employee pulls a stunt like stealing a dead man's credit card, why should they be allowed to continue in their career? And she was suspended WITH pay? That's gotta be the most rediculous thing I've ever heard... sorry if this offends anyone, but I had to vent after seeing that story. Any thoughts?