Amazon just sacked a woman employee for taking too many bathroom breaks

We have all heard how tough an employer Amazon is. Now, here is a case that shows to what lengths the mega-corporation will go to enforce discipline – with an iron hand.

Amazon is a mega-corporation and is able to generate massive amounts of profit year after year by ensuring discipline among the ranks – after all, this is the corporate ethics there that has made its founder Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world with a total net worth of US$187bil (RM788.39bil) according to Bloomberg Billionaires index.

However, that kind of work environment can lead to unfortunate incidents. A woman has reportedly sued Amazon for unjustifiably sacking her recently for taking too many toilet breaks. The woman says she suffered from irritable bowel syndrome and therefore had to rush to the bathroom on a number of occasions throughout the day – sometimes as many as six times a day. However, that did not go down well with the tough Amazon bosses. And even though the woman explained the situation, her boss told her to get a certificate from a doctor indicating her medical condition, Business Insider reports.

Unfortunately, the woman, named Maria Jennite Olivero, who worked in an Amazon warehouse, took too long to get the document even after she was warned that there was a deadline involved.

Finally, Amazon gave her five days to get the doctor’s note or face disciplinary measures. Ultimately, she was sacked as this deadline too passed, with the woman this time claiming a doctor’s appointment was not available for the next six days.

Calling her condition a disability, the woman has sued Amazon for discrimination. A case has been filed in court and she is seeking damages to the tune of US$75,000 (RM316,200) for the unfair dismissal.

Amazon is contesting the same and it even went to the extent of calculating the wages she had lost since her sacking. The grand total was just over US$17,000 (RM71,672) – gross. – Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Tribune News Service

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Oklahoma woman raped in public Mississippi bathroom, husband helps catch suspect

A Mississippi man allegedly attacked, robbed and raped an Oklahoma woman in a public restroom at a high-end outlet mall Monday, according to investigators.

Police said Andrew Malik Jones, 28, was hiding inside the restroom at Gulfport Premium Outlets around 6:45 p.m. when the victim walked in.

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Police say Andrew Malik Jones, 28, was hiding inside a public bathroom before he brutally assaulted an Oklahoma woman in a stall.

Police say Andrew Malik Jones, 28, was hiding inside a public bathroom before he brutally assaulted an Oklahoma woman in a stall.
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He allegedly shoved her into a stall and commenced a physical and sexual assault that left her with a fractured skull and other injuries. Then he allegedly tried to steal her purse and run away.

Police said bystanders stopped him from fleeing and held him until responding officers arrived.

The victim’s husband was part of the group of people who saw him running through the parking lot and stopped his escape, according to the Biloxi-based WLOX.

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The victim and her family were visiting the Gulf Coast on vacation, according to the news outlet.

Jones faces charges of robbery and sexual battery. He is being held on $1 million bond at the Harrison County jail.

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Watch: New York woman finds empty apartment behind bathroom mirror

March 5 (UPI) — A New York woman investigating a hole behind her bathroom mirror went through the proverbial looking glass and made a startling discovery — an entire empty apartment.

Samantha Hartsoe, who chronicled her discovery in a series of TikTok videos, said she was investigating the source of a cold draft in her Roosevelt Island apartment, and she tracked the blowing air to her bathroom mirror.

Hartsoe removed the mirror and discovered it was hiding a large, square hole into a dark room.

“Curiosity killed the cat, curiosity is going to kill me,” Hartsoe recalled thinking in an interview with NBC New York. “I can’t not know what’s on the other side of my bathroom.”

Hartsoe climbed through the opening and discovered the room was part of a two-story vacant apartment. She said she explored the whole residence, finding only trash bags, an uninstalled toilet and an empty water bottle.

“I was kind of expecting there to be somebody, especially with the water bottle being there,” Hartsoe told Curbed.

Hartsoe said she made sure the door to the unfinished apartment was locked before making her way back to her own residence. She said the front door to the vacant domicile was located elsewhere in the apartment complex from her own home.

She said she contacted maintenance to patch the hole in her bathroom and a representative from the management office is expected to visit her apartment soon to investigate her discovery.

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Woman and three children rescued from two-alarm Brockton house blaze

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Brockton firefighters on Tuesday morning rescued a woman and three children from the third floor of a home that caught fire, officials said.

Via Twitter around 9:30 a.m., Brockton firefighters confirmed the two-alarm blaze at 574 Warren Ave., a three-story wood frame residence.

Minutes later, fire officials tweeted that rescues were “being made from the third floor.”

“Four people rescued over ladders, all companies working,” the department tweeted in another follow-up message.

Brockton Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Galligan said the woman and three children who were rescued were evaluated by EMS at the scene and released. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor hand injury, he said.

The fire started in the basement and the woman and three children were unable to get out on their own, he said.

“The stairways and the hallways were full of smoke,” Galligan said in a telephone interview.

The woman and children were rescued from a third floor window. Firefighters used a ground ladder to take two of them out and a tower ladder to rescue the other two, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Galligan said.

“Right now we believe it was accidental,” he said.


Travis Andersen can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe. Emily Sweeney can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.

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Longtime Commander’s Palace chef departs, and for first time a woman leads the kitchen | Where NOLA Eats

For the first time in almost two decades, Commander’s Palace has a new chef. For the first time in the famous restaurant’s long history that chef is a woman.

Tory McPhail, executive chef since 2002, has resigned and is moving to Montana, where he will work with a local restaurant group in the mountain town of Bozeman.



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Chef Meg Bickford of Commander’s Palace restaurant in New Orleans, Oct. 2020.




His successor at Commander’s Palace is Meg Bickford, who was previously executive sous chef.

Bickford, 34, has risen through the ranks at Commander’s Palace and is now the first woman to lead the landmark restaurant’s kitchen.

To Bickford, that speaks to a culture of mentoring at Commander’s Palace and to its family leadership. The restaurant is run today by Ti Martin and Lally Brennan, cousins who grew up in the restaurant.

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities to grow here, and a lot of people who invested the time and effort and who believed in me,” Bickford said. “That’s what we do here, and that’s why I’m in this position today.”

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Bickford’s new position is among the most prominent in the New Orleans culinary world, with a role that goes beyond directing its sprawling kitchen.



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Commander’s Palace was voted tops in four categories, including Best new Orleans Restaurant.




Commander’s Palace is a byword for New Orleans fine dining and among the best-known restaurants in the region. Though its history goes back to 1893, it became an emblem of modern New Orleans cuisine in the 1970s after the Brennan family acquired the vintage restaurant. It pioneered haute Creole cuisine, which reshaped the national reputation of New Orleans food from a bulwark of tradition to a hotbed of innovation.



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Commander’s Palace chef Paul Prudhomme instructs apprentices in the restaurant’s kitchen. Prudhomme, then-executive chef at Commander’s Palace Restaurant, had eight apprentices working under him.




Commander’s Palace has produced some of the world’s most famous chefs, namely Paul Prudhomme and his immediate successor, Emeril Lagasse. At the same time, the restaurant has held a reputation as the “finishing school” for New Orleans culinary talent, for the generations of hospitality pros who have come through its doors.



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Ella Brennan has an expression she uses to describe her favorite chefs, especially those she worked with closely at Commander’s Palace.

That role is foremost in Bickford’s mind as she steps into the kitchen’s highest position. She acknowledges the issues of equality and inclusion now running through American discourse, and she’s driven by the potential she sees to do more.

“We need to recognize our responsibilities to our people, in our community and in our workplace,” Bickford said.

“I love that our leaders have stepped up. Our business has to reflect our community. Diversity is incredibly important to me and to this business. I also think we need to do a better job than what we’re doing, and

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Meet the woman who runs Dayton’s 2nd Street Market, ‘the warm and inviting kitchen for Dayton’

Lynda Suda manages one of the city’s favorite places to spend time — Five Rivers MetroPark’s 2nd Street Market.



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The pandemic has altered normal operations, but the venue is holding outdoor-only markets each Saturday with plans to continue through October.

“The market is an inclusive place where people can be themselves, relax and get to know the people who grow, raise and prepare their food,” Suda said.

If you haven’t visited the market, our Daytonian of the Week will tell you why this downtown Dayton gem is special.



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I was born and raised in Spokane, Wash. After spending a few years in both Philadelphia, PA and Denver, CO, my husband Marc and I moved our family to Dayton 16 years ago this month. We enjoyed raising our two sons, Tyme and Zhen, and helping Marc’s ailing mother in the same neighborhood Marc grew up in, Five Oaks.

My work background has mostly been connected to small, family owned retail businesses. Prior to moving to Dayton, most of that experience was artisan jewelry related, but when I moved to Dayton, I was able to combine my retail experience with my interest in health and wellness. The first opportunity to do so, came when I started working at and eventually managing a local health food store. After being there ten years, as the owner put it, “it was time for a change”. I went back to school, finishing my liberal studies degree at Antioch Midwest University with a focus on integrated health and wellness.

While at Antioch, the opportunity to work for Five Rivers MetroParks (something I’d wanted to do since moving to Dayton) presented itself with the 2nd Street Market coordinator position. Gratefully, I was hired and enjoyed working and learning the ropes with my predecessor, Jimmy Harless, for two years. When Jimmy announced his retirement, I applied and took over as market manager in December of 2018.

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For those who may not be familiar, what is the 2nd Street Market?

The 2nd Street Market is a year-round public market located in a historical freight depot in downtown Dayton. It is home to a variety of farmers, specialty food, prepared food and artisan vendors providing a unique shopping experience. Normally it is a vibrant community gathering space that features local musicians and other family-friendly programming. You can purchase everything you need to prepare healthy, delicious meals, as well as unique handcrafted gifts and delicious prepared foods.



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Woman struck by stolen vehicle suffers life-threatening injuries at Boston Public Garden, police say

A woman walking around the Boston Public Garden suffered life-threatening injuries in a car crash on Thursday, and police are searching for the driver who took off running from the stolen pickup truck that hit her.



a statue of a person: BOSTON, MA: October 1, 2020: First Responders at the scene of a serious pedestrian accident on Charles and Boylston Streets in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA: October 1, 2020: First Responders at the scene of a serious pedestrian accident on Charles and Boylston Streets in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Police said the call came in at 4:22 p.m. for reports of a person struck at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets. The woman who was hit suffered life-threatening injuries, police said, and authorities were making “full notifications,” which is done when someone either has died or might die — though she was still fighting for her life two hours later in a local hospital.

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Witness Antonio Avanti was waiting for the light on Boylston when he heard the crash and then saw smoke. He told the Herald he jumped out of his car and saw what appeared to be a young woman lying on the ground with people tending to her.

“She had an angel — there was somebody with blue scrubs who was helping her,” Avanti said.

The vehicle — a black Chevrolet Colorado, he said — had jumped the curb and smashed into the iron fencing and stone pillars that form an entrance to the Public Garden at the corner of the two streets, the Boston resident said.

Boston Police spokesman Sgt. Detective John Boyle John Boyle said the pickup “had been reported stolen.”

The Chevy pickup truck remained there, propped up on a small pile of debris. Boyle said the woman’s injuries either came from the truck or from the pieces of the column and fence that it struck.

But the person driving the truck took off, fleeing the scene after the crash, Boyle said, and police were searching for the individual in the hours after the crash.

“We’re currently interviewing witnesses and looking for video surveillance,” Boyle said.

The busy roads around the downtown scene remained closed as police investigated.

Avanti said it appeared that the woman had been walking with friends or family — other women who were in shock after the crash.

“It’s just very sad,” Avanti said.

Brendan Kearney of the WalkBoston advocacy group said he counts five fatal crashes in Boston this year, including the one earlier this week in Andrew Square. He said the city should use its current Boston Common master planning project to take a hard look at the wide streets surrounding the pedestrian-heavy parks downtown that “really just invite speeding.”

“These streets — they are built for high speed,” Kearney said, noting other fatal crashes around that area over the past few years. “It doesn’t matter who’s driving, if the truck was stolen or not — we need fewer roads that are overbuilt like this.”

He added that the big-picture question people should be asking is, “How do we reduce speed and make it

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Woman Hit By Stolen Truck On Sidewalk Outside Boston Public Garden

BOSTON (CBS) – A woman walking on the sidewalk was hit by a stolen pickup truck just outside the Boston Public Garden Thursday afternoon.

It happened at the corner of Boylston and Charles Street South. The woman was unresponsive after the crash. A nurse and a doctor rushed to help her before she was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“I heard the screeching of the wheels,” witness Donald Saarela said. “I looked up and I saw the black truck go across the sidewalk. It hit everything and everything just started flying in the air. A lady started screaming.”

“She was under the debris,” Saarela said.

“She was on the ground. Her face was down,” witness Britt Locklin said. “There was just so much blood you couldn’t see her face really.”

According to WBZ-TV I-Team sources, the truck was stolen shortly before the crash. Sources said it belonged to a firefighter who left the truck running outside the Boylston Street fire station a few blocks away. Someone jumped into the truck, and took off down Boylston, before crashing through the gate of the Public Garden.

Witnesses say the driver simply walked away.

“He just got out and just walked across to the other side of the Common, like, as if nothing happened,” Locklin said.



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The truck crashed through the gate of the Public Garden, hitting a woman. (WBZ-TV)

Police are reviewing surveillance video and asking witnesses to come forward with any information they have.

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Woman struck by vehicle suffers life-threatening injuries at Boston Public Garden

A woman walking around the Boston Public Garden suffered life-threatening injuries in a car crash on Thursday, according to police and a witness.



a group of people on a sidewalk: BOSTON, MA — OCT. 1: Police investigate a crash with serious injuries at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets in Boston. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA — OCT. 1: Police investigate a crash with serious injuries at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets in Boston. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Police said the call came in at 4:22 p.m. for reports of a person struck at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets. The individual who was hit suffered life-threatening injuries, and authorities were making “full notifications,” which is done when someone either has died or might die.

Witness Antonio Avanti was waiting for the light on Boylston when he heard the crash and then saw smoke. He told the Herald he jumped out of his car and saw what appeared to be a young woman lying on the ground.

The car — a black Chevrolet Colorado, he said — had jumped the curb and smashed into the iron fencing and stone pillars that form an entrance to the Public Garden at the corner of the two streets, the Boston resident said.

Others had begun tending to the injured woman.

“She had an angel — there was somebody with blue scrubs who was helping her,” Avanti said.

Avanti said the driver of the vehicle had left the scene on foot. The Chevy pickup truck remained there, propped up on a small pile of debris.

“It’s just very sad,” Avanti said.

The busy roads around the downtown scene remained closed as police investigated.

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Man arrested for allegedly attempting to rape woman in Public Garden; caught after foot pursuit

A man was arrested by Boston police during a foot pursuit Tuesday on a charge of attempting to rape a woman as she walked through the Public Garden in downtown Boston early Monday.

Luan Maxwell, 30, of Boston, is scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of assault with intent to rape, police wrote in a posting on bpdnews.com.

The woman told Sexual Assault Unit detectives that around 6 a.m. Monday she was walking inside the Public Garden when she was accosted by a man who placed his hand over her mouth.

The suspect made “sexually explicit threats and attempted to remove an article of clothing on the victim,” police wrote. “The victim was able to free herself from the suspect’s grasp and flee to safety.”

Maxwell was identified by police as the alleged attacker and was spotted Tuesday walking on Boylston Street in the downtown area where he ran off as officers moved into arrest him, police wrote.

Maxwell was taken into custody after the foot pursuit on Kneeland Street by the commander of Area A-1/15, Captain Robert Ciccolo.


John R. Ellement can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.

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