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06/10/2005: "bad business"

music: Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata, 3rd movement
mood: angry

I'm all for people from other countries coming here to work, but I am livid that people in management positions don't hold them to certain standards, like being able to speak English. They don't need to speak like a college professor, but they should be able to make sentences and understand simple commands. Why must they hire the ones who are too stupid to pick up the language even after 6 months in the country? Why don't they just fire them when it's obvious they don't have a clue, and are incapable of ever getting it together? Is it pity? Pity is okay to show to people who are grieving, or ailing, but when it's the basis of your business decisions you're going to end up with all sorts of worthless people on your payroll, and alienate those people who are doing a good job.
There's also the safety aspect to consider. In kitchens, where I find myself working, cooperation and communication are two of the three C's. Well I have to work with someone so stupid that he can't understand anyone after 5 months: if there's some crises, he couldn't warn me and wouldn't understand what I'm saying to him. The result would be my injury or his, or maybe others. It's not right. Young Americans are out of work, and bozos in high places instead hire people who have no business in a working environment until they have a rudimentary understanding of the common language. At least get the guy an interpreter if you don't want to give a kid a chance.

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