Intern Fired On The Spot For Wearing AirPods Because He Doesn'T 'Deserve' Them
Imagine being fired on the spot on your FIRST DAY in a new job?
Horrifying, isn't t? It's almost enough to deter you from ever sending so much as a speculative CV out ever again.
Now imagine the reason you're being fired is because your boss has some bizarre neurosis about the brand of headphones you're using?
It sounds, frankly, unbelievable - but the truth is often stranger than fiction.
In an ill-advised post on LinkedIn, Bart Vanderhost , an influencer and CEO of Vanderhorst Holdings shared a story of why he fired one of his interns.
"Monday Is off to a rocky start and I need to vent," he began.
"Why I don't let interns wear AirPods :
"I hired 5 interns this summer. There are now 4. On my way to the Monday morning water cooler huddle, I noticed one of my interns, Irwin, wearing AirPods."
"Water cooler huddle" aside, so far there's nothing too alarming or baffling about this post - but it soon goes downhill.
"I approached Irwin, asking him why he felt entitled to wear AirPods as an unpaid intern.
"'Well it's because they're convenient,'" he replied.
"'Well it's pretty 'convenient' for me to fire you right now. Good riddance, Irwin.'"
Bart did then offer an explanation for why he did what he did, but it's unlikely to endear him to anyone.
"Did you see what I did? I set a benchmark for future interns. AirPods are a right of passage. You earn them.
"Would you show up to your new job with a nicer car than your boss? No!"
Fortunately, other LinkedIn members called Bart out for his irrational and bizarre behaviour.
"Why get so angry over a pair of ear buds without wires?" a lady called Kathy asked.
"Who said anyone was angry?" Bart replied. "I seldom let interns wear shoes in the office or take lunch breaks. They are lucky to be here.
"AirPods are reserved for my core team. Once you prove yourself to be a valuable asset on my team, then you can wear AirPods."
He then went on to give an ad hoc lesson in leadership, adding: "Being a leader is like being a comedian," Bart said. "Everyone thinks they can do it.
"NEWSFLASH: If you can't handle the lawsuits and death threats, you wouldn't survive one day in a Maserati."
Irwin, you're best off far, far away from this man.