Laid-Off Factory Worker Allegedly Shoots Former Boss, Takes Co-workers Hostage

Greece factory worker shoots bossIt is a desperate time for laid-off workers, especially in Greece, where 1 in 5, and almost 1 in 2 young people, are unemployed. A man who was laid off seven months ago from his factory job in northern Greece, stormed into the facility with a hunting gun on Thursday, shot and wounded his ex-boss and a former co-worker, and took two others there hostage, police say. He later released the captives, unharmed, and turned himself in.

Police identify him as Dimitris Manikas, a 52-year-old father of two who has been unemployed for seven months, ever since he was laid off from his job at waste-container factory. Early Thursday afternoon, says GRReporter, the gunman entered the facility, and headed toward the office of owner Athanasios Andrianopoulos, shouting the boss' name.

Andrianopoulos was shot in the stomach, and as a young Bulgarian worker raced to disarm the gunman, the young man was shot the thigh, in front of his mother who also works in the factory. The two injured men were quickly taken to the hospital, and are now in stable condition.

Police say that Manikas told the female employees to leave the room, before locking himself and two other workers in the factory's office. The former worker demanded his job back, as well as 31,000 euros (about $41,000) in compensation for his dismissal, says GRReporter. He reportedly brought his daily medication with him, and refused to free the men until the company's accounting head personally agreed to his demands.

Police soon surrounded the premises, along with psychiatrists who specialize in negotiating with kidnappers. Accounts of the incident say that over almost 12 hours of negotiations, Manikas occasionally requested to see his first wife, as well as the children from his first marriage. He reportedly asked for a glass of brandy at one point, and at another point said he was unwell and taking psychotropic drugs.

Police say that Manikas freed the hostages a little before 1 a.m., left his hunting gun, and surrendered himself to authorities.

"Apparently the man is ill," the mother of the injured Bulgarian worker told GRReporter, "and caused such a fuss for that reason."



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Joanie Jaye

This shows that we do not even know the kind of people we are working with, walking with or talking with each day. Revenge is not the answer for anything that bother us. The problem is some people are no longer praying because they feel they can do whatever they feel like doing to satisfy their feelings. I was laid off a job, and it was never in my mind to hurt the one who laid me off without a good reason. The moment he laid he off, he was demoted from his job. What more could I asked for. I am not sure if he is even working at this moment but all I know is that what goes around usually comes around without even doing anything. God please help us.

March 15 2012 at 7:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Darksteps

Having been laid off twice in this economy here in America, I know how hard things can be, but come on, only morons result to violence. It solves nothing and you end up either dead or in jail, neither of which will help your family which is now SOL. And shouldn't it be hunting rifle not hunting gun?

March 05 2012 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dal

The saddest thing about this story is he didn't get a head shot on the boss.

March 05 2012 at 5:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dal

The saddest thing about this story is he didn't get a head shot on the boss.

March 05 2012 at 5:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PACRIMCO

Ho hum, guns, guns guns.

March 05 2012 at 3:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yo

they still make a big deal about stuff like this?

March 05 2012 at 3:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Seattle jumper

Companies only care about the mighty dollar and not people. The CEOs pull down millions in bonus and want more and more. The story is the same world wide.

March 05 2012 at 3:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ADAM ANTMAN

People are desperate and frightened and concepts like 'peace of mind',"job security" and "solvency" are very nearly relics of the past. What the wealthy,power mad politicians are too stupid to realize is that as the bottom continues to drop out of everything and more 'little' people become destitute, their own plush way of life is more and more at risk because as the working class continues to evaporate from gainful employment, they will need to take up the slack or become destitute themselves.

March 05 2012 at 2:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
petpetdonna

This is going to happen more and more through out the world until the politicians realize they aren't doing THEIR job.

March 05 2012 at 1:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
drmorgan71

Its almost amazing that you dont hear abou much of that happening here. Considering that most people have lost jobs due to either the economy that hasnt gone anywhere and the fact that you have companies that made "greedy" decisions when they knew there could be a huge risk. But what do they care, the ones who pay the price are the people who bust their #sses doing their job, making the company rich(er) and then get the pink slip. And so many states now are making it even more difficult for a person to even get their unemployment, even when they qualify for it. Example: how do they deny a person unemployment if they had to resign from work to be home to take care of a family member whom was hospitalized? SMH.

March 04 2012 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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donaldf892

That is what FMLA is for. You can take off from work to take care of your family medical problem. If they resigned(quit) you do not get unemployment. Under FMLA you can be off of work without risk of losing your job. But neither the job or government should be paying you to do so.

March 05 2012 at 1:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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