One of my coworkers was rushing out of work, last Friday, after our
longer day than usual. She was on her cell phone, with her husband
who has a serious form of cancer, has been nearly fatally attacked from
within his body. My coworker’s name is Tina and her husband is Mike.
Sadly, Tina did not slow down as she approached the guard shack. She
saw a truck in the outbound ‘lane’ and went around to the inbound ‘lane.’
Sometimes, if we wait behind our company’s trucks, the security guard
will motion you on past to the left.
Usually, we wait an interminable amount of time, while the guard checks
the paper work, walks with the truck driver to the truck and there is a
procedure that includes looking at the rear latch on the truck, too.
There is a certain process or ‘protocol’ to be followed. I am sympathetic
with Tina, who was in a hurry to get home.
When you hear what action she chose, you may not be so understanding.
Maybe I am too judgmental?
You will have to let me know what you think about what she did. . .
While swerving to the left of the guard shack, without any signal or eye
contact given by the guard, (since an eye witness reported Tina’s actions),
we know that she proceeded to speed past the shack. . .
Just as the guard who had been looking down at the papers, chose
to step out of the little building on the left side!
Tina’s car struck the guard, who shouted (screamed out) in pain!
Tina continued on, heading down our driveway and exited onto the
roads leading towards her home.
Tina has shared with some people at work, that her husband had had
a seizure, that she was very traumatized while on the phone with him.
On this recent Monday, (7/14/14), I was walking towards the break
room, for a much needed respite from work, during our 1/2 hour lunch.
I was following one of our higher up’s, Ted, who was walking with two
police officers. He was leaning into them, quietly talking with them.
When I entered the break room, I looked through the glass, to see Ted
lead the police officers into the conference room, directly across the
hall from where I sit, facing a wall of glass windows. Our table faces
this direction, to watch “our” daily show, Drew Carey’s “The Price
is Right” show. There are about half the group who face this way, while
the other large screen television presents a sports channel with its
For only 20-30 seconds while the door to the conference opened and
then immediately shut as the men passed into the room; I saw Tina
sitting at the conference table.
I had heard different variations of the so-called “accident.”
I had also heard that we were not to discuss this at work, from one of
the uninjured guards. But he whispered the name of the guard who
was hurt, (Joe.) Along with the fact that the guard had called over to
the building’s security guard. Heresay was, he said they would get as
soon as possible a ‘substitute guard,’ to replace him. The warehouse
indoors) security guard was also advising that injured guard to go to
the Emergency Room, as soon as the ‘substitute guard’ arrived.
According to reports passed around, he did go to the Emergency Room,
got X-rays of his torso and hip, prescription for painkillers and he took
the rest of Friday evening through until Tuesday, off on ‘sick leave.’
When my good friends, who have more than a sandwich, sometimes
using the microwaves (not facing the glass window and hallway),
arrived at the table, I told them I saw policeman go into the conference
room, also, Ted and Tina were also inside that room.
Note: There is a back’ door to the conference room, which leads out past
the front of the building which would be a direct exit for the officers and
Tina to leave, if this were to occur. Later in the day, at our second break
on Monday, we agreed that she must have had to go down to the police
We were talking about the situation and 4 of the 6 of my table-mates were
all very sympathetic towards Tina’s mental state and her home situation,
along with the pressure she has endured over the past 12 months.
I and one other ‘parent’ and concerned person for the security guard’s
position were saying we thought immediately of how we would feel so
much differently, if it were our own sons that got hit. Also, how wrong we
felt that Tina left the situation, without finding out how hurt or injured
the man, named Joe, was.
I am not trying to take a poll, nor was I really trying to play “Devil’s
Advocate,” but when I realized that everyone felt strongly in favor of
Tina, regardless of her actions, I held my tongue. The other person,
Jean, who has a son, and I quietly talked after work on Tuesday, when
there were no other people around.
The main reason why Jean and I brought up the subject again, was that
at the morning meeting, we were kind of surprised (shocked!) that Tina
was still among the employed. We have big meetings about Safety. We
are every month evaluated on a ten question or points system ‘review.’
If we have an accident, we are given less points for our review. If we
don’t eventually serve on the Safety Committee, we may never get a
Perfect Points’ evaluation for that criteria.
Our managers, two bosses, (heavy bulk and bins order fillers) did not
say a word. They did not say, “We should not discuss, during work
hours, anything about a legal situation, that is not in our realm of
employment subjects.” (Or some such ‘mumbo-jumbo.’)
My good friends, Tammy and Melvin, were saying during our Tues.
lunch, that they had offered to be ‘character witnesses’ to Tina,
should she be taken to court over her “Hit and Run” situation.
Since this was on our work site, before she had passed out of the
area where the security guard stays in the ‘shack,’ I was expecting
that she would be suspended. But, financially, I do understand that
she and her husband are dependent on her insurance and income.
He has not been employed since over a year ago.
On the other hand, the poor man who was ‘hit’ by the side of her
car, did have bruises and he feels pain in his side, hip and was
limping for the past few days. (I did not see him over the weekend)
Joe did come back to work on Tuesday, to sit inside at the desk,
wave the metal detector “wand” across us, while we pass through
the arch which also detects metal.
Joe, is a retired police officer, who chose to continue working after
62 years of age. He normally greets us, if he is stationed indoors,
with a jovial, “Good Morning!” He has been rather downcast,
depressed and when asked how he is, “Okay,” is his brief reply.
This reminds me of an Ethics course. Also, most companies include
an ethics test in their employment process. . .
I have presented to you a ‘case.’ If you should wish to ‘weigh in’ on the
‘right’ or ‘wrong’ of this situation or maybe throw your ‘two cents in,’
please feel free to do so!
I like to discuss “moral dilemmas” and values, too, when gathered with
close friends or family. Do you?