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Thursday, January 25 2007 @ 01:39 AM GMT+4
Contributed by: David Cadran

ActivismTonight I was unjustly fired from Walgreens. Many of you may know me from there, I worked in the Beauty Dept for a while and have most recently been working in the Photo Dept.

I was fired because last night a manager left their management keys in the register. I put them in my smock so no one would steal them and returned them to the manager as soon as she returned.

Someone from the corporate office showed up and talked with me for a while. Then they reviewed the security tapes and agreed that what I said was true and that I had infact, not stolen from the company. But they said that they would leave the decision up to the store manager as to what would happen with me.

A little while later I was terminated, forced to clean out my locker, and escorted off the premesis.


I am interested in holding a protest. I've always loved Walgreens but this time they've gone a step too far. This Saturday from 1 p.m. until perhaps 2 or 3 p.m. (depending on the turnout) I will be protesting in front of Walgreens.

Please feel free to show up. I suggest that people park in the dirt parking lot behind Walgreens (access on Fairground Rd.) and join me on the sidewalk infront of Walgreens.

Come an protest my wrongful termination, or protest corporate America or whatever your gripe may be. And be sure to bring picket signs! My title of suggestion is: Shame on Walgreens! or Not The Pharmacy I Trust. The latter is a good play on their slogan which is: 'Walgreens, the pharmacy America trusts."

I would just like to remind people that protesting on the walgreens property is not allowed and neither is parking in their lot to protest. Let's be as responsible as possible about this.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to call me at (802) 579 2051. And tell anyone else who is interested that they may call me there too if they have any questions.

Bring as many people as possible. The more people there are, the more our cause can be heard.


If protesting isn't your thing but you would still like to complain/comment to Walgreens you may reach their Corporate office at:

200 Wilmot Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 914-2500

Do not call the local store as they will only refer you to this contact information.

 

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    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: Maxwell_Edison on Thursday, January 25 2007 @ 11:46 AM GMT+4
    From the Vermont Department of Labor website:

    No Reason for Termination

    Vermont is considered an “at will” state.  An employer may terminate an employee for any reason as long as it is not one of the protect classes e.g.:  race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability. Vermont law also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, place of birth, and age over 18. It is also unlawful to retaliate or discriminate against employees or applicants that have alleged employment discrimination. If you feel you have been discharged due to discrimination please contact the Attorney General's office at www.atg.state.vt.us.

    I'm no attorney, but as an outsider looking in I don't see anything in your description of events that suggests that you were a victim of discrimination, as defined by Vermont law. While some way not agree with the law, the fact is that it is the law, and we have to live with it until it gets changed. My take is that Walgreens acted within their rights as prescribed by Vermont law in your termination, as much as you or anyone else might not like it. In short, with very few exceptions, employers in Vermont can shed employees at any time for virtually any reason.

    Let me say that I am sorry that you lost your job, and I wish you luck finding the next one.

    Peace,
    Max
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: SK-B on Thursday, January 25 2007 @ 12:03 PM GMT+4
    Contratulations to David for going pubic and for asking for support. Too often people suffer in silence, thusb becoming enablers.

    I really do not undestand Max's comment. So what if the company did not violate a law. Whether a law was violated or not, in no way stops people from feeling outraged by this unjust act, and from protesting to demonstrate to Walgreen's that they have offended members of the community with this insulting action against a decent person.

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    Every Day Is A Good Day! (well...mostly)
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: javanyet on Sunday, January 28 2007 @ 10:32 PM GMT+4
    And you know this was an "unjust act"... how? Because someone said so? You believe it no questions asked?

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    "No guts, no glory."
    Bette Davis
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: apathy on Monday, January 29 2007 @ 12:36 AM GMT+4
    EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!
    Walgreens manager thwarts terror attempt
    Authored by: Maus Anon E on Monday, January 29 2007 @ 12:40 PM GMT+4
    Yeah! Jeeeze! What people DON'T say, and David "conveniently" forgot to tell everyone, is that the keyring happened to have the spare keys to Vermont Yankee on them!!! He SHOULD be fired, and the manager that left them unsecured, thereby flushing out a dangerous criminal, should thanked!

    -Maus

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    Walgreens manager thwarts terror attempt
    Authored by: apathy on Wednesday, January 31 2007 @ 12:03 PM GMT+4
    Spare keys to VY. That is farkin' hillarious. Shit I locked myself out of the reactor again. Anyone got a cell phone so I can call Wallgreens and see if they can come unlock the nuke?
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: annikee on Thursday, January 25 2007 @ 01:43 PM GMT+4
    Too bad Walgreen's doesn't have a union.

    You may get some help by contacting the Vermont Workers' Center in Montpelier.

    Good luck with your protest. I'm already committed to the Wells Fountain Peace Rally and can't do more than one in a day. Sorry.
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: annikee on Thursday, January 25 2007 @ 01:55 PM GMT+4
    Forgot their contact info:
    www.workerscenter.org
    or call toll free
    866-229-0009
    Do you really...
    Authored by: darqmatr on Thursday, January 25 2007 @ 05:20 PM GMT+4
    want to work for them when they act like this? Might be better to look at it as an "opportunity" to explore other options. Heck, if I get the job running the Llama spa at the Rivergarden, I'll hire you ;)

    But only if Floyd helps out.
    Letters of Support
    Authored by: SK-B on Thursday, January 25 2007 @ 08:54 PM GMT+4
    It is usually more effective to address a letter to a particular individual. Using the address which David gave, the head of the company is:

    Jeff Rein, President and CEO.

    Based on David's credibility and reputation as a responsible person, I plan to write a letter asking Mr. Rein to intervene.

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    Every Day Is A Good Day! (well...mostly)
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: annikee on Thursday, January 25 2007 @ 09:14 PM GMT+4
    I quit my job at the coop last week, after way many years and too much inability to be a physical worker and got a hot dog with "love from meat dept" written on it.
    No union, no rights, no respect, no pension, no choice. Here's your hat, what's your hurry....?
    Lovely Parting Gifts
    Authored by: Tenacious on Friday, January 26 2007 @ 04:20 PM GMT+4


    "I quit my job at the coop last week, after way many years ... and got a hot dog with "love from meat dept" written on it."

    No freakin way?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Lovely Parting Gifts
    Authored by: annikee on Friday, January 26 2007 @ 04:57 PM GMT+4
    Way. Thanks for the lovely parting gift.
    Lovely Parting Gifts
    Authored by: cbridge on Saturday, January 27 2007 @ 10:57 AM GMT+4
    Jeez, the least they could have done is club together to buy you a roast.
    Preferably one that hadn't been written on, so you could eat the damn
    thing. Good luck with post-food service life. I've found it a lot easier on
    the body & not all that much harder on the bank account.
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: apathy on Friday, January 26 2007 @ 03:12 PM GMT+4
    Walgreens didn't fire you, the store manager fired you. It is certainly only one side of the story.
    Is there any chance you made any coments or suggestions when returning the keys?
    Is the company president realy expected to get involved when a clerk get fired?
    I can't help but feel like there is a hole in this story big enough to fit the school budget through.
    What's the whole story? What would the store manager have to say??
    Then again it might be Hillary and Her CIA mind controling aliens behind it. This sounds like a job for scott.
    One thing is for sure "The truth is out there", somewhere.
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: SK-B on Saturday, January 27 2007 @ 01:20 AM GMT+4
    Apathy seems to be trying to bait David. I am sure that David will maintain his dignity, and not bite.

    David has established himself over time as a credible person. His account of the incident is written in an unexcited, straightforward way. There is nothing there which is self-contradictory or implausible, so any notion that " there is a hole in this story big enough to fit the school budget through," is purely projection.

    The idea that a company president should not be approached about an injustice done to a mere clerk, is a feudal concept, and could accurately be characterized as contrary to the best American ideals and traditions.

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    Every Day Is A Good Day! (well...mostly)
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: apathy on Monday, January 29 2007 @ 12:33 AM GMT+4
    I'm sure Dave is a nice enough guy and it sucks to get fired for any reason but if you can't see the original posting as lacking a little something than read it again.
    In any well run company management decisions are never second guessed. That is the job of management, to make those decisions. Unless it poses a risk of legal action the decision stands. Unless the situation is a clear policy violation or misconduct meriting a review of the manager than you let them do the job you hired/promoted them to do, bottom line.
    I truly am sorry dave lost his job and my sympathies go out to him but that doesn't effect my belief that there is only one side of the story being presented and my feeling that even that one side is lacking some details. That's what happens when people solicit sympathy for their unfortunate situation whether consciously or not.
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: Genie on Thursday, February 01 2007 @ 12:10 AM GMT+4

    Apathy,

    Do you come from the planet apathy?

    In 1987 I was fired from CVS in Massachusetts after working there for one month or so. The pharmacist who fired me would not tell me why, even as I stood in front of him for 45 minutes crying. It wasn't the firing that was bad; it was that no reason was given. I was a student and needed the job.

    I did what any proud and patriotic American would do: I wrote to the President of CVS. Within two weeks, I received a phone call from that very same pharmacist offerring me my job back! Of course I didn't go back.

    My only guess at why I was fired was that I had learned the pharm tech job in two weeks in the face of being told it would take me two months to learn it. I suspect one of the pharmacists may have been stealing meds and knew that I would find out.

    On the other hand, if CVS didn't like my way of dress or didn't like my personality, they could have said so. I've been a sales person of one sort or another my entire life, and the only other time I was fired was when I dated the wrong bossman.

    So, all the power to David Cadran for sticking up for himself. I think David was discriminated against for some reason or other. He may never find out why, but he will always have the satisfaction of having done the right thing by going public with his unfair and rude severance from Walgreens. I am merely acquainted with David and it is easy to determine he is a highly intelligent credible person.

    Genie

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    Wonders Never Cease.
    P.S.
    Authored by: SK-B on Saturday, January 27 2007 @ 01:25 AM GMT+4
    The statement: " Walgreens didn't fire you, the store manager fired you," shows a complete misunderstanding of the difference between a person acting as an individual, and a person acting in an official capacity. Walgreens was David's employer, so only Walgreens had the power to fire him. As David explained, the corporate officials who had verified that David acted honestly authorized the manager to decide what Walgreens would do.

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    Every Day Is A Good Day! (well...mostly)
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: westbeezee on Friday, January 26 2007 @ 03:48 PM GMT+4
    It seems that everyone complains about being treated poorly by their employer. I would listen to adults crying about one thing or another, I heard myself doing the same. It occurred to me 7 years ago that I was embarrassed your myself and for these others.
    I work for myself now....it was tough in the beginning but I sincerely hope I never have to go back to accepting the abuse simply for a crappy pay check.

    This is America...You have a choice
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: annikee on Friday, January 26 2007 @ 04:05 PM GMT+4
    Amen to that. Working for yourself is the best way. Better to live uncertainly than to sell your soul for wage slavery.
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: SK-B on Friday, January 26 2007 @ 04:13 PM GMT+4
    And of course, the idea of job security is only the illusion of certainty. When you work for someone else they can fire you arbitrarily, and even if they do not, if their business goes belly up, your job security is gone. It is true that if you go into business for yourself, there is a risk that your business may fail, but when you work for someone else, you are trusting that their business won't fail. The last time I worked for a company which was owned by someone else, I felt that the owner was making a number of mistakes and I tried to warn him, but he was too smart to take my suggestions. I left and started my own business. Within two years his company folded. My feeling is: If you are going to work for an idiot, at least let it be yourself.

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    Every Day Is A Good Day! (well...mostly)
    Row row row your boat...
    Authored by: darqmatr on Friday, January 26 2007 @ 04:47 PM GMT+4
    Good point Steve. Safety and security are relative terms. Career, health, or nuclear power.

    I think we all "row" someone else's boat for awhile until our talent is realized. And then the choice becomes: row to a destination not your own and be thrown a few bones; or be the captain of your own destiny, crash a few times, rebuild and take off again. Explore the great unknown territory of who we are.

    It's okay to be a galley slave when you're learning a trade. But to feel fulfilled one has to take charge of their own destiny. Risk. Not safe. Not sure. But the only way to truly live.

    I'd like to think that all experience, philosophy, religion, and relationships, only get us to the precipace. The edge of the cliff. Then we must decide to believe in ourself to go further...

    Is it lunch time yet?
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: BrattMan on Saturday, January 27 2007 @ 07:10 PM GMT+4
    At least David did not lose his job because he is an "average white male" in a room of mostly women although he did absolutely nothing wrong and was working as efficiently as everyone else. I hope everything works out for you, David.

    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: babalu on Wednesday, January 31 2007 @ 06:58 PM GMT+4
    Well, David, I have to ask you how the protest went? I only recently read your story. I wanted to let you know that even though your employment may have been an "at will" situation, I hope you filed an unemployment claim. If Walgreen's wants to dispute it, they could lose unless they had a very good reason to fire you, and at an unemployment hearing, they'd have to come up with something justifiable (more than just "at will") or you'd win and get immediate benefits.
    Other than that I'd have to say that in my experience (and I've had lots and lots of jobs), more often than not the managers have that thing called Peter's Principle to thank for the position to begin with. Somewhere, deep down inside, they know this and so feel threatened by anyone with a brain who could snatch their position away in a heartbeat. Perhaps you got fired because you were that sort of threat to the manager. (wink*)
    Walgreens Wrongly Fired Me
    Authored by: Uncle Wiggly on Thursday, February 01 2007 @ 01:02 AM GMT+4
    David, ask yourself, do you want to work for Walgreen's in the Cosmetics
    Department forever? Follow your muse. Walgreen's is a failure. They
    don't want you. Why do you want them?