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Raised terror threat - reason not to go to work?

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DooDahDooDah Wed 24-May-17 20:12:39

In a big city ((not Manchester), all need to be in to do the job and need three people inat a time, anyhoo just this one colleague is saying they wont come in and didn't come in yesterday and today didnt due to terror threat. Shes a good colleague been here a while but team is hmm, why just her that doesnt make it in, everyone is sad and scared but cant all just not go in for that, has anyone else had this at their work...?

ChasedByBees Wed 24-May-17 20:14:54

Absolutely not a good reason!

skyzumarubble Wed 24-May-17 20:15:41

No that's ridiculous.

RainbowPastel Wed 24-May-17 20:16:19

I hope she isn't being paid to skive off.

Hmmalittlefishy Wed 24-May-17 20:17:15

No not a good reason - is she planning on bring off until the threat drops it could be months!
She should take annual leave or if she is very upset then be signed off by her GP with stress

TheNaze73 Wed 24-May-17 20:17:20

What a chancer!

Appalling behaviour

scurryfunge Wed 24-May-17 20:18:02

Let her go unless she is signed off sick with anxiety.

NotISaidTheWalrus Wed 24-May-17 20:18:10

I'd sack her.

What a monumental dick.

Pinkheart5917 Wed 24-May-17 20:18:41

I don't think that excuse is acceptable at all. It's a complete overreaction imo, the uk has had increased terror threat for a while.

A lot of places had stepped security right up today anyway so many places are safer today than they were Monday.

I understand peeople are worried especially those in big cities but you can't never go out again can you?

I reckon she fancied the day off

topcat2014 Wed 24-May-17 20:20:43

Another vote for dismissal for pisstaking

PurpleDaisies Wed 24-May-17 20:20:51

Some people with anxiety problems might be justified in taking the day off if they've found the attacks particularly difficult.

In general, no. It isn't a reason to be off.

Bluebellevergreen Wed 24-May-17 20:21:10

I will go against the flow and say that maybe it is not anyone else's business. A friend of mine lost a family member due to a terrorist attack. You never know people's stories...

specialsubject Wed 24-May-17 20:21:51

Disciplinary immediately! If she wasn't in nappies at the time, did she do the same in 2005? She would never have coped when the IRA were very active.

LostMyDotBrain Wed 24-May-17 20:25:19

I used to work in a building very close to Monday's attack. Close enough that we could see the arena. I was surprised to learn that my ex colleagues were in yesterday (albeit very late due to the restrictions and traffic). I'd say that only someone with particular anxiety issues or those personally affected can use it as a reason to be off work if they're not actually in the area.

Farthingwood143657 Wed 24-May-17 20:27:32

It's not taking the piss unless you know her full back story, is she in good mental health? Does she have a friend/relative in the attack? Does she have a friend/relative that has suffered in a previous attack?

Unless you know the answers then you can't think she is taking the piss. Your taking the piss by starting a tread about it without giving all the information.

harderandharder2breathe Wed 24-May-17 20:27:42

Unless she's directly affected by the attacks then no it's absolutely not a reason to not go to work.

NotISaidTheWalrus Wed 24-May-17 20:29:05

It's not taking the piss unless you know her full back story

It certainly is taking the piss, no matter what her back story is.

Farthingwood143657 Wed 24-May-17 20:32:26

So if a member of her family is a victim, she's taking the piss being off? Of course a back story is important, it's a game changer.

minionsrule Wed 24-May-17 20:33:48

Some people don't need much of a reason to skive work. Please tell me she is at least using up her holidays and nothing else ?

NotISaidTheWalrus Wed 24-May-17 20:33:57

If a member of her family was a victim, she'd say so. Cop on.

LostMyDotBrain Wed 24-May-17 20:35:16

So if a member of her family is a victim, she's taking the piss being off?

If that's the case, she needs to say she's been personally affected, not that she isn't coming into work because of increased risk.

KinkyAfro Wed 24-May-17 20:35:23

Our cleaner didn't come into work today because a friend of a friend of hers taught one of the girls who died. She's never met her, doesn't know the friend of a friend. We didn't know if we were being unreasonable by thinking she was unreasonable for not coming in confused

CumbrianExile Wed 24-May-17 20:35:26

I work in Manchester, opposite the arena. I was in work yesterday and today. My office was about 50% full, but most of the people not in were affected by the transport issues and worked from home.

I agree, that if her background suggests she could have issues then it is valid, but if she was just 'scared of another attack' then there is no excuse! Everyone was. Including me. But life has to go on!

Farthingwood143657 Wed 24-May-17 20:36:11

The op said herself "so why doesn't she make it in"

That sounds like the op has no clue as to why she is off.

So you can cop off yourself.

NotISaidTheWalrus Wed 24-May-17 20:37:00

On dear. Not off.

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