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