Item on the Saturday evening newscast on KSHB: "The City Union Mission needs public help because they're (CUM) low on funds."
For a fact- I know they're nearly $3000 short. That's because they lost an unemployment appeal last week- to my mate Lady Di.
You see- Di was fired the day after her October birthday- after 7 years of dedicated employment as an accountant at the City Union Mission.
The CUM fought to deny her unemployment benefits- but a State of Missouri unemployment referee overturned CUM's objections and awarded Lady Di her benefits.
The awarded benefits did nothing to ease the unemployed Christmas- but that nearly $3000 will help Lady Di catch up on any unpaid bills.
What got her fired?
Employees were- bottom line- stealing public donations.
Lady Di thought that was wrong- tried going through "channels"- bringing the matter up to superiors who vaguely gave her direction to pursue it.
Those employees involved and others in the (gravy?) train circled their wagons- burned what personal integrity that remained- and got rid of the messenger.
Specifically- some of the paid employees there were frauding the organization- stealing public donations basically- by getting paid for time they did not actually work.
Lady Di contended that even when those certain employees WERE at work- they did very little.
A supervisor told her that proof would be needed- mentioning time sheets as one form of evidence. That supervisor did not specify WHOM was to get that information.
In that vagueness Di assumed that was direction for HER to obtain that evidence- as she had open access to that information in her normal course of work.
Di gathered that evidence- the time sheets- as "in-"directed.
Those employee time sheets that- as PART of her job- she made ready for the employees to fill out each week.
She examined those time sheets- containing no personal information other than employee names and times worked- that were "left out so ANY employee" could look at them.
It was then that those accused and long-time employees of the place got their acts together- and summarily denied any such wrongdoing and doing their masterful job of table-turning.
They got Lady Di fired- for the reason the City Union Mission gave the state unemployment people was because of "mis-conduct- viewing confidential information" that was on the timesheets.
I don't know about any of you- but as head of a company or organization- I would foam at the mouth for an accountant- like Lady Di- looking out for the organization's interests.
I would want to KNOW who was stealing time- which is money- from my firm. I would want to KNOW who is using public donations for expensively-catered parties and such.
Especially a homeless shelter- which is having financial difficulties.
The City Union Mission serves a worthwhile purpose and is a worthwhile organization to donate money- products or services to.
I think I would demand an accounting of their donations- uses of same and their employees' habits before I would give very much however.