KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An entry level employee at a small marketing firm in Kansas City was fired Tuesday afternoon after protesting his working conditions.
Dale Murphy, 22, was hired over the summer at BIG Marketing in downtown Kansas City as an entry level sales associate. Murphy, a University of Missouri graduate with a degree in English, quickly realized that the working world was not at all what he expected.
“It was absurd,” Murphy said. “The hours, the amount of work expected of me, it was all a little too crazy. And when I made a mistake, no one was there to walk me through and coddle me. No one used it as a teachable moment.”
It was for those reasons, Murphy explained, that he had no choice but to go on strike.
“I’d had enough,” Murphy said. “If my bosses and my bosses’ bosses weren’t going to change things and make them easier on me, then I wasn’t going to work anymore.”
Murphy pitched a tent in front of his office complex, where he planned to sleep until management caved into his demands. The next morning he woke up next to a box of his things and a pink slip.
“Yeah, we fired his ass,” BIG Marketing manager Rob Jacobs said. “This isn’t college anymore. Get your shit done and get to work, buddy. This is the real world.”
Murphy said he was caught completely by surprise.
“I didn’t really know what to say,” he said. “This worked all the time in college.”
As for now, Murphy says it’s back to Monster.com to find a new job. He said when he asked if anyone from BIG would act as a reference, they laughed him out the front door. In the mean time, however, Murphy has some other big plans he would like to fulfill.
“Yeah, I’m working on a screenplay,” he said. “My cousin knows a guy who used to work at Focus Features in LA, so hopefully once I’m finished with this I can move out there and start my successful film career.”.
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