This week’s Smackdown goes to Airport Terminal Services and its president, Sally Leible for firing their baggage handler employee, Lynn Jones.
For saving a dog’s life.
The dog’s owner brought him to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, expecting to travel with him even though the animal was in a visibly obvious abused state. Lynn Jones took one look at the dog’s injuries, and refused to load him into the airplane’s cargo.
“He was just totally emaciated,” Jones said. “He had sores on his body, and his paws were raw. I was crying. I said, ‘This dog is going to die.”
Her reward for being the only one willing to step up for a starved, abused animal, to save it from the pressurized rigor of flying in the cargo of an airplane, which would probably have killed it?
Her ATS supervisor ordered her to put the half-dead dog onto the plane, but when Jones refused, she was told: “You’re done. Go home.”
Airport Terminal Services deactivated her security badge, and refused to return her phone calls. Only after a public outcry and hundreds of letters supporting Jones’ heroic action, did ATS offer to re-hire her.
According to MSNBC, a statement on the ATS website claims that it, “takes this situation extremely seriously and commends this employee’s situational awareness and her desire to raise the concern on behalf of the canine involved.”
Could have fooled me. And the rest of the world.
So, they “commend” concerned employees by firing them.
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