HR Strange But True!
January 05, 2006

At a birthday party, if you mix alcohol, whipped cream, and activities with a subordinate employee that rival those on the MTV show The Real World, you'll probably have an unhappy employer.

In Largo, Florida, the police department has fired Sgt. Joan Short and suspended another officer after investigating a birthday party that investigators said included two instances in which Short allowed the subordinate officer to lick whipped cream off her neck, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

She told investigators that she had three beers and a shot of alcohol during the night of the party at a local bar, the newspaper reports

The department tells the newspaper that it fired Short for jeopardizing public confidence in the department, even though her supervisors recommended a 5-day suspension.

"With all the sensitivity to supervisor-subordinate relations and the conduct of employees, the chief has been very clear about what his expectations are," says Deputy Chief John Carroll. "He felt that this situation warranted termination."

The newspaper notes that Short's previous disciplinary record included three citations for disrespectful behavior.

Officer Melinda DeKyle received a 10-day suspension for her role in the incident.

Source: St. Petersburg Times

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