Would someone please go kick this dude in the nuts?

Another school year, another story singing the praises of some kid who made it his entire academic career without ever staying home a day. This year’s wannabe Typhoid Mary is Justin from Brentsville, near Mansassas.

Do we really need to run these stories every year promoting this irresponsible behavior? These guys grow up into those tools who show up for a meeting looking like death warmed over, sneezing into their hands and then touching things in the workplace. On behalf of all the rest of us who did take sick days, many times because we caught something from you when you wouldn’t stay the frak home when you were almost dead and mightily contagious, I say THANKS FOR NOTHING.

The streak was in serious jeopardy in elementary school when Forman’s third-grade teacher nearly sent him home sick.

“My teacher came up to me and said, ‘Justin, you are turning green, you need to go home.’ And I was like, ‘No, just let me stay for a little longer.”

Someone find me that teacher so I can kick him/her in the shin. From the CDC:

Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

4 Comments so far

  1. Ms. Tart (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    Way to use ‘frak’ in a totally non-BSG context.

  2. Tiff (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 9:19 am

    I am a firm believer in staying home and keeping your germs to yourself. I’m also a firm believer in VPNs and whatnot that allow people to get work done from their couches so that they can stay home even if it’s “just a little cold.”

    I had a manager who would catch every little thing that someone brought into the office, and it would turn into a four-month ordeal of antibiotics and extended absences from work. Meanwhile, we were recruiters and were constantly out shaking hands with strangers and all that. So when we got sick, not only were we banned from the office, but she didn’t charge us for the time off, figuring that we were essentially staying home for her benefit as much as for our own. (Clearly that policy wouldn’t work in EVERY office, but managers with small, tight-knit teams they can trust to not abuse that generosity could consider it.)

  3. Darling Girlfriend (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 11:11 am

    Tiff – We basically have that policy in my office, too. A few years ago we had a real problem with what the hr staff referred to as presentee-ism (coming to work when you’re sick and infecting 29 other people) and starting last year they started cracking down on it. This winter it seemed we had less disease spreading from person to person and I didn’t get sick once (I am usually the type to have a cold all winter). It’s hard to say if that’s directly related to our crack down on being sick at work, but it may have helped.

  4. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    When I am sick, I stay home. Of course, much of my work is freelancing so I am only stewing in my own pool of sickness half the time anyway.

    When I used to teach, I told my students to get out of my air space when they were sick. Get the hell away from me, I would tell them, and don’t come back until you are healthy. If you never regain your health, don’t bother coming back. They always got a kick out of that.

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