Weekend Firefighter Backed for Joining Off-Hour Meeting In Front Of Flames

The internet is siding with a weekend firefighter who took a work call while on their day off in front of a fire.

In a post that is going viral in the Reddit forum, "MaliciousCompliance," a Reddit user under the name u/taipan821 explained their story, receiving many comments backing them. The post has 20,000 upvotes and 700 comments.

The Reddit user explains that they work as a firefighter when they're not in the office. While on a hazard reduction burn, where controlled fires are set to clear away brush to avoid future forest fires, they receive a notification that their manager at their other place of work and told them that they need to join in on a conference call for them to do a training on something they were already familiar with.

"I remind them that it is my day off, and my manager speaks with the tone of 'do it or you are fired.' Alrighty then. First strike, manager is late to their own meeting," they wrote.

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A Reddit user was backed by the internet after standing in front of flames to take a work call that occurred during their day off. Faustino Carmona Guerrero/iStock / Getty Images Plus

They continue: "The meeting eventually starts and I have connected by my phone and bluetooth earphones, my camera and mic are off because of the noise, the other firefighters are having a chuckle at my expense. Then my manager insists I turn my camera and mic on, otherwise they will mark me as absent."

They decided to stand in front of where the fire would be visible. They ended the call only to have their manager calling in a panic.

"She thinks she has just seen one of her better team members go up in flames," they exclaimed.

The Reddit user explained that there were no off-hour meetings after that, and they ended up changing jobs a few months after.

Other Redditors were quick to comment.

U/1818488899414 wrote, "Sometimes people just need to accept that 'I can't right now' is legitimate. I received one of 'those' calls from a manager when they didn't accept that I was calling in sick because I was in the hospital. I had a nurse take a picture of me mid-appendectomy and I sent that to them during recovery. I was left alone for the entire 4 weeks off for recovery."

U/grauenwolf added, "'do it or you are fired.' Translation: Do you want to quit now or at a time that is maximally inconvenient for me?"

"Attend the meeting or get fired? I'll show you FIRED," u/ViscountBurrito joked.

"Threatening to fire someone if they don't work on their day off should be illegal in any civilised country," u/sixaout1982

U/senseven replied to the comment above, "The whole mentality is your are disposable. Its so strange, so infuriating and so sad that some ones world view is "you don't do what I want I want you to be removed from my sight". That feudal level delusion."

Newsweek reached out to u/taipan821 for comment.