Woman who sent sexist text to boss terminated
Woman had intended to send text to daughter’s boyfriend
SYDNEY, Australia — A woman who accidentally sent her boss a sexist text message intended for her daughter’s boyfriend has lost her case for getting her job back.
Louise Nesbitt had sent a text message containing the phrase “complete dick” and claimed the text was just a joke.
In the January 12 message, intended for the daughter’s boyfriend, Ms Nesbitt described her boss as a “complete dick”, adding, “we know this already so please try your best not to tell him that regardless of how you feel the need”.
She immediately realised her mistake, and frantically sent an apologetic follow-up text, saying: “Rob, please delete without reading. I am so so so sorry. Xxx.”
But, at that point, it was too late.
In another, she attributed the message to her sense of humour.
“That message came across so wrong. Rob … that is not how I feel. My sense of humour is to exaggerate.”
It is so far out of context … please forget it and just go on as normal.”
Fair Work Commissioner Danny Cloghan shot down Ms. Nesbitt’s claim that the text should have been considered in the context of the intended recipient.
To call a person a ‘dick’ is a derogatory term to describe an idiot or a fool. The word ‘complete’ is used to convey the message that the person is, without exception, an idiot or a fool – they are nothing less than a ‘dick’.”
In his written judgement, Commissioner Cloghan deemed the text to be deeply offensive and derogatory and “far from a light-hearted insult”.
This is a pro-tip to women who get mad at guys: keep sexist words like ‘dick’ to yourself, regardless of intent.
Woman dangles son over cheetah pit
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A woman could face charges after she dangled her son over a cheetah pit at a zoo which he fell ten feet in after he slipped from her grasp.
The toddler’s parents jumped in and pulled him to safety Saturday afternoon. He was treated at a hospital for minor injuries, said Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray.
The cheetahs didn’t go toward the boy or his parents, said Chris Kuhar, executive director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Several eyewitnesses saw the woman holding the child over the railing, Mr. Kuhar said in a statement. “While this incident is disturbing to everyone, we are glad injuries were not any more severe,” he said.
Cleveland Metroparks plans to seek criminal child endangering charges against the mother as soon as the courthouse opens its doors on Monday, Mr. Kuhar said. He said that his purpose for filing criminal charges is to deter other parents from engaging in this type of behavior.
A similar incident at a Pittsburgh zoo left a 2-year-old boy dead in 2012. The child was fatally mauled after falling into a wild African dogs exhibit.
The boy had slipped from his mother’s grasp and fell about the same distance, 10 feet, from the top of a wooden railing into the enclosed exhibit below.
The boy’s parents filed a frivolous lawsuit against the zoo, saying it had been warned about other parents who routinely lifted children onto the railing. The zoo rightfully countersued, arguing the boy’s mother was to blame for his death, because she lifted him atop the railing so he could get a better look into the exhibit even after she was warned both by the zoo and signs not to do so.
The legal dispute was settled in 2014.