Wait boss, I’m not done contradicting you!
It turns out this woman was fired from a company in Xiamen, China, for talking back to her boss for a third time. Yes, it seems her employer actually has a three-strike policy on “contradicting” a superior. The first two times you do it, you get fined. The third time, they fire you.
Folks, my very strong advice is, don’t waste those first two golden opportunities. Think of the many poor workers who don’t get two safe shots at dissing their bosses. Some helpful pointers:
Write down everything you want to say in your “contradiction” on recipe cards, and rehearse. If you run out of space, write on the back.
Take a bathroom break before you start, so your “contradiction” can go for hours.
Learn the guitar chords for “Take this Job and Shove it,” and sing it during the “contradiction.” Make sure you translate it to Chinese first.
Lastly, make sure you know the company’s definition of “contradict,” and exploit it fully. In some progressive workplaces, seltzer bottles, cow pies and taser weapons may be used in “contradicting” the boss.
Let the wild “contradictions” begin! Here’s the story:
A worker checks an iron between assembly lines at a Xiamen factory in a 2001 file photo. REUTERS/Guang Niu