Workers terminated for theft of returned drinks

Despite repeated notice that company policy had changed, five employees refused to abandon their longstanding freedom in taking returned product. Assertions that they had all been given blanket permission earlier were contrived.
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

Drivers for a soft drink manufacturer were fired after failing to heed warnings to refrain from taking returned product for personal use.

After he was made aware that “shrinkage” or theft of company product was an issue of concern, the new manager at a soft drink distribution warehouse took steps to address the problem.

Three avenues were available for workers to legitimately acquire product at the warehouse: drinks at discount prices were available from three vending machines located on the property; monthly employee sales also offered product at deep discounts; and, supervisors would occasionally supply drinks for events or at their discretion.