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Fired mall worker and social media


REV. ERRINGTON MASSIAH

Fired mall worker and social media

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Woe to you, for you are like graves which are not seen and men walk over them without knowing it. – St Luke 11: 44

JUST AS SOME Barbadians do not listen to news, weather bulletins or take storms or hurricane warnings seriously, there are also some who do not take fire drills seriously either. What a pity!

It was driven home recently when a drill evacuation was done at Sheraton Mall and a worker apparently was not in favour of the exercise and expressed her feelings on Facebook where she could be heard complaining about having to evacuate the mall during the drill.

As a result of her action, she was fired. I am sure that there are many out there who may be like her. There are too many people who are not prepared to follow instructions and will pay the price the hard way.

Fire drills are done to teach people how they should act in the event that a real fire takes place. 

Today, too many are ill advisedly putting all of their business, including private business, on social media. When an image is placed on Facebook, the sender does not know where it will end up.

 A recent statement from the Barbados Employers’ Confederation (BEC) warned employees about the use of social media. In its statement, the BEC cautioned that while people might view those postings as harmless, they could still have an adverse effect on the company which the workers represent.

While freedom of speech and movement are established human rights, one’s expression, particularly within this modern environment, must be balanced with professional responsibility. A company prides itself on its reputation.

Those of you who are in the habit of putting everything on social media, I hope you will learn from the firing of the employee from Sheraton Mall.

Those who have ears to hear, let them hear and if they do not, then they will feel.

Synod

The annual budget session of the Anglican Church will be held on Monday at the Christ Church Parish Centre. The synod will begin at 6 p.m.

Fellowship day

The Diocesan Fellowship Day will take place on Sunday, November 6, at 10 a.m. at Farley Hill, St Peter.  It will start with a celebration of the Eucharist.

Sacred music

The Diocesan Recital of Sacred Music presents The Holy Psalms of David on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the St Mary’s Church. Artistes include Gaye Gajadhar (soprano), Robert Best (tenor), The Diocesan Youth Chorale (directed by Janaye Burgess), The Diocesan Mass Choir (directed by Julian Bowen and John Burnett), and The Mark Husbands Ensemble.

Variety concert

The St Silas Church Sunday School will hold a variety concert at the St Silas Church, Waterhall, St James tomorrow from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Luncheon

The Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church invites you to its luncheon on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at The Barbados Coast Guard HMBS Pelican, Spring Garden Highway. 

Death

It is with great regret that we learnt of the death on October 10 of Mark Lashley, the sexton of the St Luke’s Church, at the age of 51.

Mr Lowe, who lived at Lowe’s Road, Ellerton, St George, was a very devoted member of the church. This column expresses its deepest sympathy to his father Michael, brothers, sister and children. May he rest in Jesus Christ and rise in glory.

Patronal festival

The St Luke’s Church patronal festival continues today at 7.30 p.m with a youth service.

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The St Jude Anglican Church will celebrate its patronal festival next week. The special services will start on Sunday with sung Eucharist at 9:15 a.m.

On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., evensong will be held and next Friday at 7:30 p.m., procession and sung Eucharist. The week will end on Sunday, October 30 at 9:15 a.m. with confirmation and sung Eucharist, and evensong at 6 p.m.

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