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| Wed Dec 18 05:54:49|
Show some solidarity: today we are all Germans!
German bus driver sacked for displaying 'I am German' sign
A German bus driver in the city of Dresden has been fired for displaying a sign in Germanic script advertising his nationality. The city's public transport authority has been forced to find new recruits abroad.
Dresden's public transport authority has been forced to explain why one of its drivers displayed a sign reading "This bus is steered by a German driver" next to the door of his bus.
Passenger Peter Dörffel spotted the sign, which included a grammatical error, and took a photo of it, later telling local media portal Tag24, "I was amazed when I saw it."
"What shocked me the most was that I'm not even surprised anymore," the 23-year-old added. "Things like this are slowly becoming normal."
The photo quickly triggered toxic fallout on Twitter, prompting Dresden's transport authority (DVB) to post a response to one expression of outrage: "Hello, the message has reached us. We're also wondering what's wrong with this colleague. He is no longer on the road and this behavior will have consequences."
DVB spokesman Falk Lösch told local public broadcaster MDR Sachsen that the driver belonged to a subcontractor company that had quickly been contacted. "This behavior is totally unacceptable," he said. "This bus driver will no longer drive on DVB lines."
According to Tag24, the head of the subcontractor in question, Matthias Peschke, was also horrified when he saw the photo. "This is a shocking situation for us," he said. "This is a long-term employee of ours. His service has now been discontinued. He won't be in the schedule tomorrow."
The situation is particularly embarrassing for the DVB because it has been actively seeking bus drivers abroad, as it is struggling to find enough drivers to fill the vacancies on its expanding network.
In October, the local Sächsische Zeitung newspaper reported that the DVB went on a recruitment drive in Serbia, bringing in 19 new drivers, though they have to attend German language lessons and jump a number of bureaucratic hurdles to be able to work in Germany.
The authority needs at least 570 drivers a day to fill all its shifts, and DVB boss Jan Silbermann complained to the regional paper at the time that the domestic job market had been "swept clear."
Public transport is one of the many areas where Germany is lacking skilled workers. On Monday, the German government agreed a new plan to bring more non-EU workers into Germany, with initiatives to help with language training and expedite visa procedures.
The city council in Dresden recently passed a resolution declaring a "Nazi emergency," noting that "anti-democratic, anti-pluralist, misanthropic and right-wing-extremist attitudes and actions, including violence in Dresden, are occurring with increasing frequency."
| Wed Dec 18 07:19:18|
"Passenger Peter Dörffel spotted the sign, which included a grammatical error"
| Wed Dec 18 07:22:01|
When Germans become grammar Nazis...
| Tue Dec 31 10:02:08|
More discrimination around the world
West Virginia governor approves firing of all employees involved in apparent Nazi salute photo
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday approved the termination of dozens of Corrections Academy trainees seen in a photograph appearing to give a Nazi salute.
The photograph, released publicly earlier this month by the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, showed more than 30 trainees from Basic Training Class 18 with their arms raised in a salute. The caption “Hail Byrd!” – a reference to the trainees’ instructor – is visible above the group.
Before the image was released, Jeff Sandy, the agency’s secretary, had written a memo in which he derided the image as “distasteful, hurtful, disturbing, highly insensitive, and completely inappropriate.”
He said the image “betrays the professionalism I have seen time and time again displayed and practiced by our brave correctional employees.”
After the photo was made public, two training instructors and one cadet were fired, while 34 other employees, including the trainees in the photo, were suspended without pay. Now, at the recommendation of Sandy, Justice has approved all trainees who participated in the Nazi-like salute be fired.
Justice also approved for the termination of an Academy staff member who did not report the photo, and the suspension without pay of four instructors who had reportedly seen the photo but did not report its content.
“As I said from the beginning, I condemn the photo of Basic Training Class 18 in the strongest possible terms,” Justice wrote in a statement released by his office. “I also said that this act needed to result in real consequences — terminations and dismissals. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated on my watch in any agency of State government.”
| Tue Dec 31 10:04:50|
This is me at last New Year's Eve party, sue me, I will do it again this year!
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