On the last episode of The Apprentice, two guys sat out a task in order to observe Dreidel Day or Buy A Baldie A Yarmulke Day or something like that. There are so many holidays, I can’t keep track. Another Jewish guy, Lenny, showed up to do the job he beat out thousands of others to do. The team lost the task and when it came time to choose people to bring into the board room for firing, the project manager brought in Lenny but not the two absentees. After some debate, the project manager was fired but she should have been cut loose the second she decided not to bring in the two slackers, who should have been canned as well. Anybody who believes that somebody who made even the slightest effort is more deserving of being fired than two people who did nothing is a crappy leader. That should have been the whole board room discussion before Trump said, “You’re fired.”
The only person who expressed any real disapproval of the guys skipping the task was Lenny. Trump didn’t even seem to have a problem with it. I can’t believe all the other contestants were pleased that their asses were on the line for someone else’s beliefs. It showed how scared people are to voice their opposition in a PC world where doing so will incur the wrath of overzealous religious groups.
It really bothers me that concessions are made for people who choose to practice traditions that were created at a time when taking a day off work meant eating meat you caught yesterday instead of today. I don’t suppose Trump would be so understanding if an Irish dude said he needed St. Patrick’s Day off because the pubs open at 8 am or if a single girl missed work because she hooked up with a hottie the night before and has a mad hangover (and a possible nooner to look forward to). For that matter, I wonder if the Jewish guys would give them a free pass, knowing their hard work could cost them the opportunity of a lifetime while their teammate’s drooling into a pint of Guiness. If one gets a day off, they all should.