#45 – Special Reflections

I saw this piece of news on the newspaper. It was regarding 6 employees complaining to the Ministry of Manpower with regards to their employer.

It may seem to be old news, but what was interesting is that the employer made them agree to 18 weird rules upon signing their employment contracts.

These are the 18 rules (with english translation accompanied. Done by yours truly.):

1.上班遲到,首5分鐘罰10元,再5分鐘罰20元,超過10分鐘罰50元
There is a fine of $10 for being late the first 5 minutes, $20 for the next 5 minutes. $50 will be fined for being late more than 10 minutes.

2.用公司電話作私人通話,超過2分鐘罰10元、超過3分鐘罰20元、超過4分鐘罰30元。
There is a fine of $10 for using the company phone to make personal call for more than 2 minutes, $20 for more than 3 minutes, $30 for more than 4 minutes.

3.關上髮廊大門,罰50元
There is a fine of $50 for closing the salon door.

4.私下開電視罰50元
There is a fine of $50 for switching on the television for personal entertainment.

5.在茶水間休息罰50元
Those who rest in the pantry will be fined $50.

6.在櫃台和髮廊內(茶水間除外)飲食,罰50元
Consumption of food and drinks at the cashier counter and within the salon (apart from the pantry) is not allowed. There will be a fine of $50.

7.公器私用,付物品原價外,再罰50元
Personal usage of company goods is not allowed. Other than paying for the original price of the good, there will be an additional fine of $50.

8.早上10點須開LCD電視,否則罰10元
The television must be switch on at 10am, if not there will be a fine of $10.

9.無人在櫃台,罰10元
There is a fine of $10 if there is no one at the counter.

10.提早下班5分鐘罰10元、10分鐘罰20元,超過15分鐘罰50元
There will be a fine of $10 for knocking off 5 minutes early, $20 for 10 minutes early, $50 for more than 15 minutes earlier.

11.不接打進公司的電話,罰款50元
The employee will be fined $50 for not answering calls made to the company phone.

12.不清理髮廊罰50元
For not cleaning the salon, the employee will be fined $50.

13.用個人鎖匙開關店門罰50元
The usage of personal keys to lock and unlock the salon door will result in a fine of $50.

14.制服上不掛姓名牌或不穿制服,罰20元
There will be a fine of $20 if the uniform is not being worn or the name tag is not being put on.

15.請病假未出示病假單,罰20元
There will be a fine of $20 for not having a MC (Medical Certificate) after applying for sick leave.

16.不照顧顧客所需,罰10元
There will be a fine of $10 if the employee has not taken care of the needs of the customers.

17.未履行理髮師職責,罰50元
There will be a fine of $50 if the employee has not fulfilled the duties as a hairdresser.

18.沒接或回電話,罰20元
There is a fine of $20 for not answering or returning calls from the boss.  
(The currency of the fine is in SingDollar. Please do the conversion yourself. I’ve included the link to the Currency Conversion app by the dearest Changi Airport Group.)

What a FINE salon, I must say.

Usually, when fines are being carried out by an employer, the sum of fine is deducted from the bonus of the employee rather than deducting the salary. But this HORRENDOUS boss deducted his employees’ salary. Imagining being paid only S$1,400 per month (the boss underpaid his employees too. Elaborate at a later part.) and the pay has been deducted till $800 ($600 fine). How can anyone survive on that sum of money in such an expensive city for a month?

On top of that, he LIED to the Ministry of Manpower about the salary of his employees. He applied S Pass (it is like a work permit for foreigner to work in Singapore, but the employee must be earning at least $2,000 if the foreigner is living in Singapore alone and $4,000 if the foreigner wants to bring in the spouse and children to Singapore.) for his workers (married with children), but he only paid them $1,400 monthly.

Being such a cheapskate, the least the boss could do was to pay his workers on time, right?

WRONG!

He didn’t even pay them on time. (I really feel like finding the boss and punch the hell out of him. How can anyone be such an ASSHOLE?!) And the reason why?

Imagine this.

The employees stood in front of the boss’ desk.
“Boss, can we have our pay?” The workers pleaded. There was barely enough to support their families.
The boss digged into his pocket and fished out a ten-thousand dollar bill.
“Sorry, there is not enough change to pay you.”

Yes! That was exactly what the ASSHOLE boss did!

And if it so happens you are reading this, or your wife, your children, your friends or your acquaintances or anyone who know you is reading this, I want you to know that all your employees are feeling like this:

——> Quoting from Taken,

“I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

Well said, Byran Mills. Well said.

I totally approve you of doing this.

Just don’t kill him.

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