Yes We Can

Another example of the power of the student mob.

By 
Lindsey Ramsey, Contributing Editor

Have you been following the dining services drama at the University of Miami during the last few weeks? The short version is this: A Chartwells-employeed dining services worker, Betty Asbury aka Miss. Betty, was fired from her job after a man walked out without paying for breakfast. Asbury maintains she didn’t see the man because she was ringing up a customer that had come in with him. Because of Asbury’s popularity with the students, they quickly banded together and demanded her job back, using campus rallies and online petitions. As of yesterday, Chartwells has reinstated Asbury but with some caveats. She will not be allowed to handle cash.
 
“A thorough review has been completed, and Chartwells has concluded that while the original dismissal decision was appropriate, after careful consideration of all aspects of Ms. Asbury’s work record, she will be given the opportunity for continued employment within campus dining services,” read a company statement.
 
Once reinstated Asbury credited the student support with helping her get her job back. This is just the latest example of a point FSD made when naming students as one of our 20 Most Influential. It’s nice to see students reach beyond just the menu or sustainability concerns. Here, they helped a woman get her livelihood back. As someone who has heard quite enough about the fact that my generation has no work ethic and doesn’t care about anything but themselves, it warms my heart to see students standing up for what is right, and, successfully, being heard.

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