HR Strange But True!
August 22, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes it can get downright strange...

Sandwich shop owner gets it now

The owner of a Subway sandwich shop in Oneonta, N.Y., came in for a barrage of criticism recently for telling three employees they'd have to pay for the $34 worth of drinking water they distributed to firefighters who were battling a blaze at another business nearby.

The workers said in a story published by the local newspaper, the Daily Star, that shop owner Robert Beblavy complained they shouldn't have been distributing water at his expense.

After the story appeared, Subway, The Daily Star, and the fire station all received many calls from people offering to donate water or pay Beblavy back. Brian Davis, owner of a local landscaping company, took three cases of water to the fire station. "Just being a local business owner, I want to say, `Let's take care of our local businesses,'" he told the Daily Star. "It's very unprofessional that he would care about a trivial $34."

In response, Beblavy has said he'll pay for the water after all. "It's a terrible miscommunication," he said in a follow-up story by the Star. "Looking at everything that transpired, I think my employees did a good job."

"I never said I wouldn't" pay for the water, he added. "I'm very proud of being a community player."

Source: The Daily Star of Oneonta, NY

TGIF - It's HR
Strange But True
Get your weekend off to a great start with your own copy of HR Strange But True e-mailed to you each Friday as part of the HR Daily Advisor, absolutely free. Catch up on the latest odd, offbeat, and humorous HR stories provided by HR Strange But True as well as a daily tip from the award winning HR Daily Advisor. Just enter your e-mail address and click "Go."
'HR Strange But True' Archive
View past articles by month and year
Copyright � 2017 Business & Legal Resources. All rights reserved. 800-727-5257
This document was published on
Document URL: