Store Fires Manager After Denying Mother Time Off To Be With Her Son On Life Support

Store Fires Manager After Denying Mother Time Off To Be With Her Son On Life Support

When managing a business, it’s tough finding dedicated workers who you can actually trust and rely on.

Not everyone may take your business as seriously as you and when you’re the boss, it requires you to make tough decisions like having uncomfortable conversations with some employees who aren’t cutting the mustard.

Without going overboard, obviously.

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And while it’s true that human beings can come up with some of the lamest, off-the-wall excuses to get themselves out of just about anything, like this dude who thought he’d “explain” why he has a hickey…

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There are some people, however, with legitimate excuses as to why they can’t make it into work. And, as long as you’re not an overbearing boss, you’ll figure out a way to change schedules around and ensure your business is running.

Unfortunately for Crystal Reynolds Fisher, her boss seemingly wasn’t really that understanding of an individual. She informed her she’d have to miss a shift so she could be with her 18-year-old son who was on life support. Crystal’s Boss, Dawn, really wasn’t feeling that excuse.

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Crystal, who works at a PS Food Mart and Folk Oil Company gas station, had to have her son rushed to the hospital after he suffered a 104-degree fever. She asked her daughter to call out of work for her as she stayed with her son. She recalls hearing her boss on the other side of the line:

“She said ‘can you have somebody cover mom for [Friday], my brother’s really sick, they’re going to have to ventilate him. And the boss, I could hear her over the phone and she told my daughter ‘this ain’t the way we run things, you’re mother needs to be the one calling me.'” Fisher told Fox17.

Fisher learned that her son was suffering from a bacterial infection and was placed on life support. She texted Dawn to let her know of her situation and that she would return to work the second is health began to improve. This was their conversation.

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Immediately, Dawn tries to convince Crystal that her not showing up to work because her son was on life support was tantamount to her “quitting.” Something that Fisher contested. She notified Dawn she would reach out to corporate and inform them of the way she acted.

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Still, Dawn did not relent, thinking she was in the right.

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Frustrated and flustered, Crystal couldn’t believe this response. So she posted the screenshots on her Facebook page and made the post public.

It immediately went viral.

Crystal’s post has been shared over 75,000 times to date, and people reached out to the mom to let her know that what her boss was doing, was in fact, illegal.

In no time, PS Food Mart and Folk Oil learned of Dawn’s behavior and announced that they would be looking into the way she handled her interaction with Crystal.

After conducting their investigation they discovered that Dawn was, in fact, in the wrong, so they announced on their Facebook page that she was fired from the company.

Some people pointed out that there are companies only act in their employees’ best interests when they’re put on the spot, and that they should proactively make sure their employees are taken care of – without a huge social media scandal.

As for Crystal, she only has one message for her former boss: “I pray for you. I pray for you. That’s all I can say.”

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27-Year-Old Woman Gives Life Advice On Her Deathbed And It's Seriously Inspiring

When 27-year-old Holly Butcher was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects mostly young people, she found herself facing mortality at far too young an age. On January 4th, the Grafton, Australia, woman passed away.  

But before she died, Holly penned a letter which she asked her family to post on her Facebook account once she was gone. 

The letter has since gone viral, with more than 85,000 shares and 61,000 likes. And it’s easy to see why: 

Holly starts by discussing what it’s been like to face death at the age of 27. 

She then offers some touching advice.

What incredible advice. 

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Khal Drogo And Tormund Met In Real Life And Fans Can't Get Enough

Jason Momoa was in London over the weekend, according toBuzzFeed, promoting his new film. But just because you have to work, doesn’t mean there isn’t time for play. You know who else was in the area? Most of the cast of Game of Thrones, and when Khal Drogo is in town, the group gets together.

Momoa posted a delightful recap of his time visiting old friends that gets hilariously darker and blurrier as the party seems to go on. He’s also wearing a crazy hat for some reason:

But here’s the big news: we finally get to see Khal Drogo and Tormund together, at long last! And Jon Snow snuck in there. This is like a reunion that is entirely based on fan fiction, and it’s perfect.

Momoa also reunited with his Khaleesi, Emilia Clarke, and introduced her to another superhero, Gal Gadot. What if Wonder Woman just showed up in Westeros? That would be a rad crossover.

But this is adorable enough on its own:

It’s wonderful when fans get to see TV and movie stars they love looking like they love each other. Now, if only we could figure out what pub they’re at tonight…

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People Are Removing Tattoos For Free For Ex-Gang Members To Get A New Lease On Life

Past mistakes can echo throughout an entire lifetime. Just ask anyone who invested thousands of dollars into Beanie Babies thinking that the stupid little sacks of fabric would be worth a lot of money someday. A moment of silence for those poor souls.

But the entire world doesn’t have to know about your TY toy obsession; you can keep that on the DL.

But people who were apart of violent gangs and got themselves all inked up really don’t have as much of a choice. Their past mistakes and lives will follow them wherever they go until they remove the majority of their visible tattoos. Unfortunately, however, the process of removing tattoos is a costly one.

But there are a few places who are offering reformed ex-gang members a new lease on life by removing their tats for free.


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Jails to Jobs is one organization based out of the Bay Area in San Francsico that is providing free training to medical professionals, tattoo artists, nonprofits, prisons, and other government programs on how to remove tattoos for free or cheap to people looking to put their sordid pasts behind them.

“We see that as many as four out of five previously incarcerated individuals who successfully find a job do not return to prison. Keeping someone out of prison costs much less than sending them back, yet we as a nation, have primarily focused on trying to fix overcrowded prisons. A better, more sustainable approach is to help individuals remove visible anti-social or gang-related tattoos, get jobs and turn their lives around,” said Mark Drevno, founder and executive director of Jails to Jobs.


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One of the biggest hurdles ex-cons face when they leave prison is getting gainful employment and businesses aren’t exactly in a hurry to onboard someone who’s covered head-to-toe in ink with a criminal record.

Steven Burton, in his project Skin Deep, digitally removes ex-cons tattoos in photos and records their reactions.

He’s got a Kickstarter together to document the project and help bring awareness to community programs like Jails to Jobs that will help to bring formerly incarcerated individuals into the workforce.

Unfortunately, the return to crime rate for many ex-convicts in the US is high.


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Many people who fail to find gainful employment when they’re released from prison find it easier to return to criminal activity in order to earn a living. That’s why other programs like Homeboy Industries and Fresh Start Tattoo Removal are helping ex-cons not only help them get their tattoos removed, but also assist with job placement.

It seems like it only makes sense to offer programs that help people who are willing and able to give back to society, despite their pasts.


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Hopefully, this is a trend that will catch on so those who need a helping hand to reform have somewhere to turn to. (h/t kickstarter| prizesizeprizesize)

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21 Perfect Gifts For The Whiskey Drinker In Your Life

As the temperature continues to drop this winter, why not keep warm with America’s greatest beverage — whiskey?

This holiday season, avoid discussing politics or getting trampled in Black Friday stampedes for Apple products… Go with the classic gifts that any whiskey drinker will love. 

Needing some inspiration? Behold:

  1. Whiskey-Infused Coffee

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    Why not combine your two favorite things?

  2. Helpful Socks

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    Who wouldn’t want socks that can verbalize what we struggle to say out loud?

  3. A Mini Whiskey Making Kit

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    If you want something done right, do it yourself. Surely, this applies to alcohol?

  4. Irish Whiskey Barrel Wooden Cufflinks

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    Wear your heart (and your interests) on your sleeve.

  5. Whiskey-Scented Candles

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    Your kitchen never smelled better (or more like a bar).

  6. Whiskey Stones

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    Real whiskey drinkers skip don’t do ice cubes.

  7. Whiskey Candy

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    Just keep them away from the kids.

  8. Scotch Lip Balm

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    Soothing and… hydrating?

  9. Whiskey-Flavored Toothpicks

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    If you’re going to indulge in the disgusting habit of tooth-picking, might as well make it taste good. 

  10. Fireball LED Bar Lamps

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    The ultimate college throwback.

  11. A Whiskey Advent Calendar

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    What better way to ring in the Christmas season?

  12. Bourbon Marshmallows

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  13. Whiskey Aftershave

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    So you can smell delicious (and drunk) all day. 

  14. Whiskey Perfume

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    Because whiskey scent is not reserved for men. 

  15. A Whiskey Necklace

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    For chemistry nerds and people with drinking problems.

  16. Barrel Stave Whiskey Flights

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    For all kinds of family fun over the holidays.

  17. A Jack Daniel’s Nightlight

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    Whiskey does help you sleep at night, so it seems like appropriate night light material. 

  18. A Whiskey Barrel Coffee Table

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    …If you’re looking to shell out some serious cash this holiday season.

  19. The Book Of “101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die”

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    We all need life goals. 

  20. An Honest Sign

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    You know it’s true.

  21. A Political Tote

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    It’s important for your family to know where you stand this holiday season. Avoid conflict this way!

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15 Gifts For The 'Stranger Things' Fan In Your Life

We all have that friend. The friend who rocked the Eleven Halloween costume. The friend who can’t leggo their Eggos. The friend who watched all of Stranger Things in one (very long) sitting. The friend who still isn’t over the sick injustice that was Barb’s fate. 

This holiday season, it’s time to think of our loved ones who dedicated so much time to obsessing over Stranger Things. Thankfully, the Internet has plenty of gift ideas: 

  1. This Christmas lights pint glass.

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    So you can pour one out for anyone trapped in the upside down

  2. A sweatshirt to prove your solidarity.

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    Barb deserved better. Never forget. 

  3. An Eleven’s waffles-scented candle.

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    No better way to stimulate your super powers. 

  4. A ‘Stranger Things’ coloring book.

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    Because childhood activities are the best mechanisms for fending off adulthood stresses like.. holiday shopping. 

  5. A ‘Justice For Barb’ pin.

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    There will never be enough pro-Barb paraphernalia. 

  6. The ultimate coffee mug.

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    Especially if anyone in your squad has superpowers.

  7. A sweatshirt with the greatest of waffle puns.

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  8. An ~upside down~ cap.

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  9. A ‘Stranger Things’- themed charm bracelet.

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    Christmas lights, cassette tape, and all. 

  10. This inspirational embroidery hoop.

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  11. Your own communication Christmas lights.

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    You know, just in case your friends get stuck in the upside down. 

  12. Barb’s glasses.

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    What better way to pay homage to our fallen heroine? 

  13. A sweatshirt to show some school spirit.

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  14. Buttons for every occasion.

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    …Whether you’re telling off school bullies or defending your waffles. 

  15. Finally, in case your fandom wasn’t evident enough, a phone case that will make your passion clear.

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This Dog Had No Chill Upon Seeing Her Favorite Toy Come To Life

Perhaps the thing that makes dogs so goddamn pure is the fact that they’re so easy to please. Some love, walks, treats, and belly rubs are all they require for a completely blissful existence (is your heart hurting already?). 

So, when you go above and beyond for your dog, their excitement goes THROUGH THE ROOF, and it’s a wonderful thing to witness. One such moment is circulating all over the Internet and one pup is getting her moment of viral fame. 

Meet Jolene, a lovable (and newly Instafamous) Golden Retriever living in Modesto, California. 

She likes dressing up. 

And she loves her toys. 

But nothing could prepare Jolene for the excitement she felt upon seeing a life-sized version of her favorite Gumby toy. 

At first, Jolene isn’t sure what to make of the whole situation, but once she recognizes the smell of her human inside the Gumby suit, she absolutely NO CHILL. So, of course, she tackles Gumby to ground for lots of hugs and wrestles. 

Jolene’s mom Emily Crisp originally shared the video to Facebook on Thursday night — and it’s been viewed nearly 5 million times since. 

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The video has also been posted to Facebook and Twitter, where people can’t get enough of Jolene’s sheer happiness. 

…How can you not watch this video over and over again? If only we could all make our dogs this happy with Halloween costumes.

We hope Jolene had the best cuddle session of all time with her two Gumbies.  

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Alton Sterling's Kids Are Set For Life Following Thousands Of Generous Donations

Following the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by police last week, outrage spread across the country. While a single man used it as an opportunity to justify his murdering of five police officers, the vast majority of outcry was peaceful.

And the good news is that Alton Sterling’s family is probably set for life. Concerned citizen Issa Rae set up the GoFundMe page for Alton’s family after seeing his relatives devastated in a news video.

“If you feel helpless, but want to play a small part in easing the burden of #AltonSterling’s family, consider donating to this scholarship fund for his 15-year-old son (and his other kids),” Rae wrote on the fundraising page.

Rae hoped to raise $ 40,000 for each child’s future college education, and the goal was originally to raise a total of $ 200,000. The fundraiser just ended and at $ 714,448, it’s raised more than three times the original goal.

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And so far, two more crowdfunding pages for Philando Castile have so far raised around $ 250,000 total. The first was set up by writer and director Xavier Burgin, while the second was set up by Castile’s sister, Allysza. 

She wrote that her brother was “gunned down by Saint Anthony police for no reason:”

“At this time the family is grieving we just lost a very good man never in trouble a law abiding citizen,” she wrote. “Please donate anything to help contribute to his homecoming and family. I love you brother — your little big sis Allysza.”

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Colorblind Teen's Birthday Gift Finally Lets Him See What He's Been Missing All His Life

I have a younger brother who is color blind. Now I don’t know what that’s like, but I can imagine it must’ve been pretty frustrating for him growing up thinking that the flag was red white and green or that the Ninja Turtles were all brown, especially when the theme song says otherwise.

And if Paul Dano’s character in Little Miss Sunshine was any indication, not being able to see color is a deal-breaker for some careers and there really isn’t any way to rectify it.

Well, it turns out there is. With this nifty new invention called enchroma glasses.

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Imgur user Brammerz got them as a surprise for his 17th birthday, courtesy of his awesome parents. When he put them on, he was introduced to an entirely new world filled with exciting colors.

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The best part was the longer he kept the glasses on, the stronger the colors appeared to him. It was obvious he was super stoked.

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“Oh my god this is so amazing.”

Now, Brammerz is able to see the 6 in the middle of this colored circle. Before, it all looked like a bunch of similarly-colored smaller circles.

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Brammerz gave an example of what his particular color-blindness looks like by comparing these two images of that adorable floating house from the heartrending film, Up.

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He was absolutely floored when he looked down at his own t-shirt and saw it in a different color.

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Brammerz isn’t the only one enjoying the benefits of wearing the glasses, there are tons of people who can now see all colors in their true vivid glory thanks to these magical spectacles, courtesy of motherf*cking science, baby. Like these two brothers.

To learn more about color blindness and these shades, click here. The cheapest pair costs $ 349, which isn’t that much considering they give people the ability to do something they were biologically incapable of doing before.

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