BP Employee Fired After Note to Boss Goes Viral

"Fire me if you must." ...Um, okay?

If you used the Internet last week, you may have heard about a man named Joe Blumm, the BP worker who taped an angry note to his boss in the window. That note has since gone viral, and as a result it looks like Blumm is out of the job.

He told Fox 17 that he'd been working overnight and was waiting for his manager to relieve him--but when she didn't show up, he hit his breaking point. "Hey boss, learn to be on time or at least communicate when you are going to be late," the note reads. "Plus-one hour with no phone call is unacceptable. As you can see, the doors are locked. I went home. Fire me if you must, but realize I walked due to YOUR negligence."

In what was perhaps an ironic touch, a "help wanted" sign was taped up beside the note.

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The manager told Fox 17 that she was running late because she missed her alarm clock, but that Joe never called her or another employee before leaving the note and locking up.

Still, at least one customer was a fan of Blumm's tactics. "I thought it was hilarious," Ryan Olthouse, who stopped to use a pump and discovered the note, told the Grand Rapid Press. He said that most of the other customers also seemed to be laughing about it.

After being uploaded to Reddit, the note received over 2,000 comments, as users shared stories of frustration on the job. "If it's not a workable environment, it's not a workable environment," wrote one commenter.

That's now literally true for Blumm, who's now reportedly jobless. "I know that I've struck a chord with a lot of low-paid, disgruntled employees who get the short end of the stick," he told Fox. "Hopefully with all this publicity, I would love to have a different job. Something a little bit higher-paying, I would hope."

Sounds like a great time to post a note, Joe!

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sloar

The guy worked at a gas station, and he wasn't being paid to be there... so he left. I don't see anything inherently wrong with that. The station doesn't pay him when he's NOT at work after all.

April 08 2014 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trifeloco2012

I think he subconsciously was begging to get canned. Regardless of his boss being late, I'm sure some type of protocol or conduct on his behalf should have been followed. Way back when I worked in retail for example, when the manager(s) that were scheduled to open showed up late, we all had to simply wait and try to contact them in the meantime...

April 03 2014 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trifeloco2012

So was he fired or did he quit?

April 03 2014 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chefdorsback

WTG Joe!!!! Good for you. She should not expect you to call her. She is the manager and should have acted responsibly!!!

April 01 2014 at 4:20 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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susanlenard

That helps pay his bills! He should have been more responsible as well, then he could have been the manager, his note shows he wasn't interested in keeping his job anyway. Who wouldn't call someone before walking out if they wanted the job? For all he knew she was in an accident or dead!

April 03 2014 at 4:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
exitscreaming

hmmm...seems more like the way an overly emotional high schooler would react and handle things...maybe he needs to get in touch with really why he feels so frustrated

April 01 2014 at 4:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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susanlenard

I agree, sure doesn't sound like he wanted the job.

April 03 2014 at 4:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Lloyd Dean Kurtz

the next time you see a BP commerical totting how they employ 250,000 employees in America and are soooooooo great, think about the wages they pay these employees.

April 01 2014 at 1:10 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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rwwhit

FYI...BP does not operate gas stations in the US. They are owned and operated by independent business people who purchase the product from BP. Putting BP in the headline was done to get people to read the story. BP jobs are in marketing, refining and exploration, which generally very well paying positions.

April 08 2014 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dram2500c

Good luck finding another job, dummy.

April 01 2014 at 7:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Aissa2

So, he should have sucked it up? Really? Doubt you would have simply stayed there. Dummy!

April 01 2014 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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susanlenard

No, he should have done as she said! Called her or another employee. Not just shut the business down. For all he knew she was in an accident or dead. He wont get a better job, he is a selfish, immature employee, who doesn't deserve the crappy job he had, who will reward him with better pay when he can't handle the responsibility he had? He had a responsibility, he failed, he was fired! He is not a hero, he is an idiot!

April 03 2014 at 4:15 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down
trifeloco2012

There's a certain conduct to adhere to when someone is employed with any company or establishment... it's common sense.. Then again that is only if a person actually cares or even values their employment in any way at all. Just because your bos didn't show up it doesn't mean it's a free for all everyoe go home day... So um yeah, he should have sucked it up intstead of storming off after leaving a cute note like a teenager. It just shows lot about a person's ethics and moral values...

April 03 2014 at 9:31 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down
Christina

He sounds like one of those entitled elitists who isn't as smart as he believes he is and who thinks he is above the only jobs he is qualified for. He probably has issues with authority and is the first to run out with the torches to insight riot when his superiors make mistakes. I definitely would not hire him.

April 01 2014 at 3:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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oljeff

You are only guessing. You don't know what the "bosses" history of treatment was. Your guess could easily be used to describe his "boss".

April 02 2014 at 11:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susanlenard

I agree, I wouldn't hire him either. He shut the business down rather than call someone? He made no effort, just walked out. He is not qualified to hold a job, he needs to grow up.

April 03 2014 at 4:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
markndonna3033

Now, If Joe were to be late and NOT call as his boss did, I'm sure he would've been reprimanded or lost his job anyway! Not going to tell me that the 'boss' didn't have a cell phone or a way to contact him to let him know she was running late. She could've taken 2 seconds to call him and let him know. At least he locked up before he left..lol It isn't "Joe's" responsibility to call around to see why his boss is late!! It's her responsibility to let him know!!

April 01 2014 at 3:00 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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sloar

Sounds a little bit like saving face for the boss. Sure, she was just "on her way."

April 08 2014 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BurntAnne

I agree! If he had called and if he had reached her, she might possibly have thought he was checking up on her. That would have been MY thinking, anyway, if I had been in his shoes: "Um, what if she's doing something she doesn't want people knowing about?" He had no way to make a clear-cut call here. No, she's the super; it's HER place to call the job, not his place to call her.

June 11 2014 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bsmith4514

4 yeears WORKING AT gas station he better off on wellfare

April 01 2014 at 2:47 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Aissa2

Next step. Only, newsflash, they still have to have someone in the household working. DUH!

April 01 2014 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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