Fired for Reporting a Customer?

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Had I been the manager of this establishment and witnessed a woman consuming “drink after drink” while breastfeeding, I would have asked her to leave the restaurant on the grounds that she was upsetting the other customers. (NOT because she was breastfeeding.)  Depending upon the circumstances, I may or may not have alerted police.  But regardless, what bothers me is the assumption that the server — one Jackie Conners — was fired in retaliation for reporting this woman.

How do we know she wasn’t fired for something completely unrelated?  The answer is, we don’t.  The fact that Conners may have none a noble deed does not necessarily mean she was a model employee.  I’m not saying her claim should be discounted, just that it needs to be verified.  This story was reported by a local news source which took the time to question the manager.  They couldn’t have tried to verify her story with an ex-coworker?  Surely, she could have put reporters in contact with someone who could lend some credibility to her claim.  It’s not as if she were fired on the spot; according to the news outlet which originally broke the story, Conners’s employment was not terminated until a number of days later.

 (You’d think the media might have learned a thing or two after the Dayna Morales fiasco.)

Woman Fired for Being Sexy Claims Permenant Nerve Damage

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“The same lawsuit, filed in March, names a Queens driver who rear-ended her in a car accident in Long Island City in December 2012.

Panetta said both were named because his client developed more severe nerve damage after the car accident, and “we’re not 100% sure which incident caused the injury.”


That quote really cracked me up.  “Not 100% sure, so we’re suing both of them?”  STFU!  Odds are she saw a physical therapist to cash in on the car accident, had difficulty performing one of the exercises, and was inspired to claims of nerve damage.

That being said, nerves getting bumped during a draw isn’t all that uncommon.  When it happens, it’s one of the worst feelings in the world, though it’s over quickly and the aftereffects seldom last more than a couple minutes.  I’ve had it happen a few times.  The worst was when I had to get a PICC line, and it took the idiot doctor four tries (and a second arm) to snake it in.  On the third try, he banged a nerve with a fucking catheter.  The pain / intensity of sensation was excruciating, and I would not let them touch me again for a good 25-30 minutes, which was how long it took to regain semi-normal feeling in my arm.

One time, I had a bumped nerve during a draw AND the idiot technician used too much alcohol.  I almost went to the ER, thinking I must have suffered some lasting injury, but I thankfully decided to wait it out.  By the next morning, I was fine.

Permanent nerve damage is almost unheard of. Injured nerves (emphasis on ‘injured’) heal just like any other part of the body.  For the nerve damage to be permanent, the nerves would have had to have been severed beyond repair.  In the event that a nerve injury leads to muscular atrophy (and it generally has to be a pretty damned serious nerve injury, such as brachial neuritis), the muscle tissue is able to recover once the nerves begin functioning property.  It isn’t easy, and it can certainly be debilitating, but it isn’t overly-painful and can almost always be corrected with physical therapy.

Whether or not this woman has any nerve damage can *easily* be established by an NCS or EMG performed by a qualified neurologist.  This is isn’t fibromyalgia she’s alleging.