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U r sacked: Supermarket fires worker via SMS

A supermarket boss in northern Norway has angered labour groups after sacking an employee via a mean-spirited text message.

U r sacked: Supermarket fires worker via SMS
Photo: Terje Bendiksby/Scanpix (File)

The 23-year-old employee had worked at a branch of the Bunnpris supermarket chain in Bodø for a year and a half when he got the message on July 3rd that he wasn’t welcome back to the aisles of the low-price store, newspaper Avisa Nordland reports.

His boss also advised him not to use Bunnpris as a reference if he applied for a new job elsewhere.

“I doubt you’ll do that anyway since you’re honestly best suited to being a social welfare client. Good luck signing on,” the manager wrote.

The recipient of the text message, who asked not to be named, said he was at home due to illness when he got the shock SMS. He said he had not received any advance warning from his employer.

Raymond Alstad at the LO trade union federation said he was horrified by the supermarket manager’s radical course of action.

“I could hardly believe it was true. Getting fired on the spot is quite extreme. That should only happen in the case of theft or embezzlement, or if the employee shows up drunk at work,” he told the newspaper.

After receiving a call on Tuesday from Avisa Nordland, the manager decided to issue an apology and offer the sacked employee the option of coming back to work.

But perhaps unsurprisingly, the 23-year-old had long since shelved any plans of a return to the supermarket.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

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The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.

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