An employee of the “boss from hell” will be awarded unemployment benefits, an Iowa judge has ruled, because a “Guess The Next Cashier Who Will Be Fired” contest was “egregious and deplorable.”
The Des Moines Register reports William Ernst, 57, the owner of QC Mart, a chain of convenience stores, sent all of his employees a memo outlining the contest for a $10 prize.
The memo read:
“Guess The Next Cashier Who Will Be Fired!!!!
“To win our game, write on a piece of paper the name of the next cashier you believe will be fired. Write their name [the person who will be fired], today’s date, today’s time, and your name. Seal it in an envelope and give it to the manager to put in my envelope.
“Here’s how the game will work: We are doubling our secret-shopper efforts, and your store will be visited during the day and at night several times a week. Secret shoppers will be looking for cashiers wearing a hat, talking on a cell phone, not