Tuesday, August 01, 2006
THE ROZ FILES
To those who don't know, READ-ME was often used as a rallying cry for employees to fight perceived injustice within CNN. Someone would write an initial posting, and other employees would chime in with their opinions. This practice resulted in "The Roz Files" which I had the good sense to print out for posterity. Since leaving CNN, I have moved across the country twice but still managed to hold onto this precious document of a bygone era. It is excerpted below:
ROZ IS GONE!!!!!!!!
-I'm sure most of you know Rosalyn from the Hard News (Cafe). One of the nicest and funniest people that worked there. Well, after inquiring to find out if she had been sick this week, I was told she had been transferred...not by her choice. If there is anyone out there who feels as I do, that this is unfair treatment of a long-term, dedicated hardworking employee, make your voice heard.
-Where does one get a survey to complain about this? Who is the manager of the Hard News so I can complain directly?
-Letters are usually the most effective.
-I think a petition might be effective, and maybe easier than individual letters.
-Do we have a little too much time one our hands?????
-Funny that when someone takes a second to note when an employee and friend of long standing departs, particularly if it is against her will, there are those who complain about it (just as above.) Roz was an eclectic and warmhearted friend of many of us and her removal is just one more example of the raw deal we employees got from the new management at the cafe.
-I agree with the above statement. In this day and age when most people are just considered a number and the almighty dollar seems to have more value than human life, it is good to recognize and support co-workers who need your help. This scrooge-like writer has forgotten what it is to be human.
-All I ever heard out of her was when she would sarcastically read back what you bought and how much it cost! I'm sure she received several complaints against her for THAT.
-I know several people who complained about her in particular to the management. I have stood there several times whe she was totally indifferent to a line of people standing there while she was debating her lottery numbers.
-I second the above. I saw her ignore people all the time, and make a big deal if she had to get up out of one of those chairs to do her job. I say she should stay where they put her. Management finally got it right.
-I heard she shot a man in Reno--just to watch him die...
-Well then I guess you should feel vindicated then.
-Has anyone heard about the possibility of Starbucks buying out the Hard News?
-Haven't heard that one.
-That is SO not the subject here. Let's get back to what's important: fighting this move!
-I never met Rose, but with a name like hers...I can't understand why she'd get the boot. Lordy.
-Starbucks? Really? Would we get free lattes?
-Oh please. When's the last time we got anything for free? People: Call me ignorant, but didn't Phillips buy the arena and Hard News? Does Phillips also own Starbucks?
-I have a kitten for adoption. It makes a strange "bleep" sound though...
-Would you people get serious? This isn't a joke. Take your bleeping kittens and coffee somewhere else. Those of us committed to making a change here would appreciate it.
-I'm sorry. Let's ignore the "bleeping" kitten.
-What kind of unfeeling monster ignores a poor innocent kitten that can't even control its own bleeping...
-What kind of a kitten is it? Does it have its shots?
-Yeah...it's a Siamese, but it's missing half it's tail. All shots accounted for...minus the "shot of love" she'll give if you adopt!
-Do kittens like Starbucks?
-Name the kitten after Roz and feed it nothing but Starbucks double espresso until the evil overloards agreee to return our beloved hashslinger!