We keep hearing ridiculous scare stories about how "youth culture" is corrupting our children. The stories about instant messaging and writing skills or violent video games impacting behavior are easily shown to be exaggerated -- but that doesn't mean the basic ideas aren't widespread. So, what happens when you have the reverse situation? Rather than kids being corrupted by youth culture -- what about adults who justify their actions because they think it's acceptable as part of youth culture? Stories about people getting fired via SMS text message are nothing new. We've seen them for years. However, the in the latest such case in the UK, the manager in question has a unique defense for firing a sales assistant at a chain clothing store. You see, it's all cool because it's just "a part of youth culture" to send a text message to a young employee stating: "We've reviewed your sales figures and they're not up to the level we need. As a result we will not require your services any more. Thank you for your time with us." The young woman notes angrily that the company even has a bit of a "double standard," as employees are not allowed to text message in the fact that they're sick if they need a day off. Of course, this manager might want to watch out. Youth culture or not, a bunch of employees fired by text message a few years ago in the UK won compensation for being "cynically manipulated."
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