By Wyatt Earp | February 22, 2011
Crane Interiors is located in Woodbury, Tennessee. They have a policy outlawing cell phone usage in work, except for breaks and lunches. Employee Theresa Danford dared to violate that policy when she took a call from her son, who is currently serving in Afghanistan. The nerve!
Danford was suspended for three days without pay for answering her son’s phone call. Danford told CBS-affiliate WTVF that her managers informed her that she would be fired if it happened again. Danford’s son, Lance Cpl. Mark Rhyne, was deployed to Afghanistan seven months ago.
“You don’t want to miss a word, because truthfully that might be the last time you hear from them,” Danford told WTVF. “There is nothing in this world that would stop a mother from answering a phone call from her son, and what if it was not my son? What if he’d been hurt and someone was trying to contact me?”
I gotta be honest; she has a valid point.
Unfortunately for Danford, her bosses are rather unreasonable:
When a manager informed Danford that she would be penalized for breaking the cell phone rule, Danford said she explained the situation.
“I said ‘you are aware that my son is serving in Afghanistan and he can only call me when that satellite phone gets to his unit,’ and he looked me straight in the eyes and said ‘yes.’” (H/T – Kim)
Look, I understand the policy and the reasons behind its implementation. But for cripes’ sake, don’t you think the geniuses at Crane Interiors could fabricate some common sense in that factory?
Personally, I wouldn’t give this company my business, but that’s just me.
UPDATE: Crane Interiors’ website took down its e-mail addresses, but if you want to contact them, try giving a shout out to Customer Service maven Tammy Keel. ()