If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years of employment so far, it’s that you have to find creative ways to keep yourself entertained at work. For example, sometimes when I’m working I like to pretend that I’m an FBI agent who is hacking into an international database or doing some other cool computer shit, when in reality I’m just typing meaningless information into spreadsheets all day
It’s little mind games like this that make the work days go by a little bit quicker, and more importantly, they keep me sane enough that I don’t snap from the monotony of my job and blow my brains out all over the keyboard
What I’m trying to say here is that I’m no stranger to playing games with myself to pass the time at work, and that’s why I didn’t really see the big deal when it came to this story about a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa. You can read about it here, but all you really need to know is that Tyson Foods recently fired 7 plant managers because they discovered that they were making bets on how many employees at the plant would catch Covid-19
Now I don’t know if it’s because I gamble on sports regularly, I’m an asshole, or a combination of both, but I just don’t see the big deal here. What did they do wrong exactly? If I’m being completely honest, this sounds awesome, and I wish I’d organized a similar Covid gambling pool at my job
I think Tyson and the outrage crowd are mad about this because they see it as the managers downplaying Covid, but I don’t see it that way at all. It’s not like they were purposefully infecting people with Covid or something; they were just betting on an inevitable outcome for their own amusement. What’s the harm in that? Back in my day (I say as if I’m 90 years old), we called that good clean fun
I could understand the outrage if this were a hospital and they were intentionally killing patients to win their bets, but this is a Tyson factory we’re talking about here. Who gives a shit if they’re betting on stuff like this? Let them live a little, have some fun, and make some Covid-related bets to pass the time while they make chicken nuggets for 12 hours a day. If profiting off of a pandemic is wrong, I don’t want to be right. And yes, I am fully aware that I’m going to Hell
PS: I think the craziest part of this story is that 1,000 people at this factory got Covid. ONE THOUSAND. That sucks for the community, but congratulations to anybody that took The Over because I’m sure they won their bets
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I agree with this.
It’s not like they were giving the virus to people. It was based on chance.
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Exactly. It was going to happen anyway, so why not make some wagers
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