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Frustrated Reporter Quits After Slow News Day

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the take-this-job-and-shove-it dept.

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Norwegian radio journalist Pia Beathe Pedersen quit on the air complaining that her bosses were making her read news on a day when "nothing important has happened." Pedersen claimed that broadcaster NRK put too much pressure on the staff and that she "wanted to be able to eat properly again and be able to breathe," during her nearly two-minute on-air resignation.

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Slow news day. (5, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561254)

Seems to be a slow news day here as well

Re:Slow news day. (5, Funny)

The Clockwork Troll (655321) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561290)

Slashdot can afjord it.

Re:Slow news day. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561306)

Afjord... Aha! I see what you did there!

Re:Slow news day. (1)

The Clockwork Troll (655321) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561480)

It was pretty bad as far as puns go. Would have posted anon, but I do not like the krone of shame.

Re:Slow news day. (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562230)

Punth like thith give me a thor head.

Re:Slow news day. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562628)

No need to be a dike about it.

Re:Slow news day. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561620)

no...i don't gjedt it. :/

Sorry.

Re:Slow news day. (3, Funny)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561996)

Wjell, yjou jjust add an extrja "j" aftjer a cjonsjnjant and bjefjore a spjokjen vjowjel, and yjou are spjeakjing Njorwjegjian.

Re:Slow news day. (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562620)

you have to put some slashes through the letter o just for appearance sake.

Re:Slow news day. (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561358)

I'm pretty sure Les Nessman [wikipedia.org] would have handled this a little differently ;-)

Re:Slow news day. (1)

goofyspouse (817551) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561512)

Definitely. He would have come up with a promotion to liven things up. Perhaps dropping live turkeys from a helicopter as a giveaway!

Re:Slow news day. (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562290)

Maybe there'll be a storm of reporters quitting in a similar fashion, which will cause a storm of news, allowing them to get their jobs back and have things to report on. It's like government stimulus!

Re:Slow news day. (1)

DIplomatic (1759914) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562448)

Soon to be posted on Digg: Slashdot posts news about reporter quitting on slow news day! Read all about the community comments!

Some things go without saying.... (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561274)

FTA: NRK spokesman Oeyvind Werner Oefsti says Pedersen's actions were a surprise.

Re:Some things go without saying.... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561336)

Well naturally - after all, if they knew something _that_ interesting was going to happen, they would have had it on her teleprompter instead of the fluff bits they were filling time with.

Re:Some things go without saying.... (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561466)

Must have been a slow news day for the article author.

In other news... (4, Funny)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561282)

Slashdot hires Norwegian radio journalist as story aggregator.

Re:In other news... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561536)

Pia Beathe Pedersen said she "wanted to be able to eat properly again".

She'll won't last 2 weeks on stale Cheetos and flat Jolt cola.

Re:In other news... (2, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562844)

And if she was bored with the Norwegian cricket scores, just wait until she's told her job is to auto-click the tallest stick on the firehose...

Having no news.... (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561284)

Doesn't stop slashdot from posting

Frustrated /. reader switches homepage to FOX (4, Funny)

cullenfluffyjennings (138377) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561292)

Ok, not really, even no news on slashdot is better than what they call news on some of those other sites. Seriously, credit to the Pia for making the point that saying nothing is better than just talking when you have nothing to say. Where was I again, yes, rambling on

Re:Frustrated /. reader switches homepage to FOX (1)

The Clockwork Troll (655321) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561362)

Constructive suggestion:

Each newscast could feature a colored bar across the bottom of the screen representing an objective measurement of the most important story being covered during the program.

Yet another bar could symbolize the pleasantness of prevailing weather conditions.

And of course, another colored bar could represent the current national security level.

Yet another bar could serve as an indicator for important national holidays.

Yet another bar could serve to indicate the current position of the sun in the sky.

Yet another bar could estimate the likelihood of on-air news personalities to quit during that newcast.

Like this? (2, Funny)

bjk002 (757977) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562846)

link [google.com]

Probably better than most news broadcasts these days...

Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (4, Funny)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561308)

There's plenty of out-of-work journalists available to fill your spot. Immediately. Better. And for less money.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561438)

Funemployment!

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (4, Insightful)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561508)

I wish there were a way that we could take actors, news-people, and sports figures with good gigs who insist on complaining, and have them work at a real job for a couple of years. Take anything you see on the show 'Dirty Jobs' and have them do that for a couple years. Then tell them if they insist on telling the world how hard they have it once back at their easy job, permanently install them in the real world with the rest of us.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561666)

Yeah, I would love to see her shoveling manure in a confined space, maybe then she'll be able to breathe... metaphorically of course.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (3, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561872)

Actors, newscasters, athletes, they don't really need to know what real life is like. Lets take the Senate and make them work the fishing boats and oil rigs. It might give them some perspective. Shit, my Senator even admitted to never having used an ATM [cbsnews.com] . These are people who would really benefit from seeing things from the other side.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (1)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562334)

Well of course none of them have real-world experience. You can't run for office and hold a working-person's job, so all high-level politicians are in semi-self-employed positions (lawyers, well-off small-business owners, existing politician in another office) or retired.

And if a working person decides to become a politician, working his way up from office to office, he's called a career politician and scoured at. Heaven forbid he try to keep his job as long as the public will elect him, as the term-limit crowd will try to force him out as soon as possible.

Faced with returning to a life of fishing boats and oil rigs, or passing some corporate-friendly legislation to make friends and get a quick-and-easy PR or lobbyist position after being forced from office due to term limits, most people will end up screwing over their constituents anyway.

(If it's not obvious, I support public funding of elections, and I'm against term limits.)

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562692)

Yeah, and let's make them try our desk jobs with the water cooler and cubicle and such! That will teach them!

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (5, Insightful)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561918)

I wish there were a way that we could take actors, news-people, and sports figures with good gigs who insist on complaining, and have them work at a real job for a couple of years. Take anything you see on the show 'Dirty Jobs' and have them do that for a couple years. Then tell them if they insist on telling the world how hard they have it once back at their easy job, permanently install them in the real world with the rest of us.

Except that they're already in the real world with the rest of us.

It's all relative.

Sure, I can sit here and watch Myth Busters and think that's the greatest job in the world... But I bet they have shitty days too. I bet they've got folks on staff that they can't stand working with. I bet they've got bosses telling them to do stupid things. I bet they have days when they really don't want to wake up and go in to work. I bet they have days when they just can't wait to get home and relax. I bet there's stretches where they don't know if they'll be doing another season, and don't know if they're going to have a reliable paycheck.

Just because you aren't sweating and getting dirty doesn't mean you've got it easy. Just because you are sweating and getting dirty doesn't mean you've got it hard.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562260)

Yeah, but they still get to blow shit up on purpose. That makes up for a *LOT* :-)

and don't know if they're going to have a reliable paycheck.

They've been fairly successful by this point. If they invested their money in even conservative things by now they shouldn't have to worry about that.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562782)

If they invested their money in even conservative things by now they shouldn't have to worry about that.

The stock market is about where it was ten years ago, and interest rates are practically non-existent.
Just saying.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562478)

Just because you are sweating and getting dirty doesn't mean you've got it hard

That's what she said. Um.. hold on..

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562632)

It's a trap!

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561968)

Dirty Jobs?
Bahh.
Make them do telephone tech support for a year.
And lets be honest it is Norway. There probably wasn't anything happening.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (2, Insightful)

horza (87255) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562192)

Sorry, please define a "real job". Are non-crappy jobs not real jobs??

Phillip.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562634)

You can define a real job by the clothes people wear to work.

The nicer the clothes. The less real work they actually do.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562612)

Yeah, and all those heart surgeons that complain about the long hours should go and work in a butchers shop.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562680)

What you're really saying is people who make large salaries commiserate with the income they generate for their employers should STFU and be happy they aren't getting middle class wages or doing working class labor. But, they aren't. Actors make millions because they generate millions. Athletes make millions because they generate BILLIONS. Appreciate them for their talent. And, if you think it's so easy, then by all means try to take one of their cushy jobs from them.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (1)

Zeek40 (1017978) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561952)

Are there any employed journalists any more? I haven't read or viewed anything that I would qualify as "journalism" in a very long time.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (5, Insightful)

Klinky (636952) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561956)

The day someone can't quit their job because of the working conditions aren't as bad as someone else's job is the day we all become slaves. Ever quit a really shitty job in the USA? Well you're a pussy, you should go clean 3rd world sewers in India while stuck in a repressive caste system with no chance of ever doing something meaningful or maybe you can go build iPods for 16 hours a day in China. That would teach you to respect that burger flipping job or mind numbing office work...

If we're going to race ourselves to the bottom like that then no one should ever quit their job because they are unhappy with it. The warm thoughts that someone has it a hundred times worse than you should be all the motivation you ever need.

Re:Great! Move On. Spend More Time w/ Family (1)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562376)

Immediately - Yes
Less money - Yes
Better - Debatable ....

Jeez, use article with pic at least (4, Informative)

anagama (611277) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561352)

Re:Jeez, use article with pic at least (1)

ComputerGeek01 (1182793) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561614)

I second that notion, if this is the kind of person they put on RADIO I need to start tuning into their television news.

Re:Jeez, use article with pic at least (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561618)

Seriously! And you couldn't find a link to an AP article on a site other than brietbart.com? Like this one [google.com] ? Why not post links to articles posted on Stormfront while we're at it?

Re:Jeez, use article with pic at least (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561632)

She realized she didn't have a face for radio?

Oh, the irony... (1)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561650)

...she was 'quitting and walking away' because she 'wanted to be able to eat properly again and be able to breathe'.

...the woman with the beer and cigarettes in the photograph said.

(Giving her the benefit of a doubt, maybe quitting her job will ease her stress and allow her to quit smoking as well, in which case it would be literally true instead of ironic.)

Re:Oh, the irony... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562802)

Who says the cigarettes are hers?
Also, there is nothing wrong with a beer now and then.

Re:Jeez, use article with pic at least (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562032)

cute

Sure I'm from Sweden so my calibration may be wrong, but: No.

Here's some reasonable cute singles for you:
http://images.happypancake.com//0/Large/0ee192cb-7097-46df-af27-89e473f24d11.jpg [happypancake.com] Lisagullet
http://images.happypancake.com//a/Large/a927f36f-af76-4961-9c6e-bd2eb4dfe5d8.jpg [happypancake.com] Lisagullet
http://images.happypancake.com//5/Large/59b31a95-ab29-4662-9c4d-c06cbf3b92e7.jpg [happypancake.com] Josephine123
http://images.happypancake.com//d/Large/df0ffedb-dc55-40f3-81f3-d5a43e91b13f.jpg [happypancake.com] cuckoobird looking french

Too lazy to look around, don't know any special names, just some randoms from the site.

And then there's Alizee =P

Re:Jeez, use article with pic at least (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562188)

To, be fair, she is cute in the, "if I am 40 and my wife looks like that, I am happy" sort of way. Not in the "I am putting her on my desktop because I am fantasizing about her while having sex with my hot 20 year old girlfriend" sort of way. The posts you put up were of women that looked like they were 1 to 2 decades younger. That last one in particular would be unlikely to be as cute in a year for year comparison.

Re:Jeez, use article with pic at least (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562768)

In other words, she's better looking than anyone aliquis can get.

if there's no new, just make shit up (-1, Troll)

thebigchuckster (1278310) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561360)

WTF is Breitbart doing astroturfing slashdot for?

No big cases are in queue.... (0, Troll)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561376)

I type medical transcription for a living. I've not seen any truly emergent cases come up in my queue so far, so there's nothing important enough for me to stay online. Fuck it, it's one of the last few nice days left of this season. I think I'll bugger off for the rest of the day and go fishing. I wonder if I'll have a job when I come back? Hurrr and Durrrr...

Are My Seems Straight? (1)

dasherjan (1485895) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561394)

"No noose is good noose...ha ha, haha" -from Men In Tights.

Damn (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561476)

Awesome headline, samzenpus. Nice one.

She should just take a cue from /. ... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561482)

and learn how to make the right headline for her non-stories:

"Could journalist's resignation mean the death of traditional news media?"

Her summary could then include several irrelevant opinions and speculations about Linux on the desktop, the unquestionably evil M$, and various private corporations and gov't agencies plotting to steal our rights. Throw in an opening for robotic overlord/insensitive clod/Netcraft/???...Profit! jokes and bask in the glow of nerd worship!

Only downside, it's kinda hard to breathe and eat properly when you never leave the basement.

Re:She should just take a cue from /. ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561626)

Followed by call-ins: "First call, biatch!!!!" "Russia calling here. Over here, stations quit you." "Are you standing in a lawn?"

Re:She should just take a cue from /. ... (3, Funny)

Sprouticus (1503545) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562138)

The irony of someone bitching about /. memes ending withone is delicious.

Oblig Network ref (1)

beschra (1424727) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561510)

Jeg er så gal som helvete, og jeg har ikke tenkt til å ta dette lenger!

And yet... (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561532)

Life goes on. It's as if we were supposed to lament a journalist quitting?

Check the tags... (3, Funny)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561546)

This one is labeled "story." About a journalist quitting because she can't find any.

Nobody will hire her (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561566)

Stupid thing to do these days, quitting a job. The only thing to do after that is starve to death when the money runs out or put a bullet through the head first. The economy the way it still is, it's either that or take whatever ass fucking the boss wants to give you.

No News? Make Up Some (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561596)

A good reporter is proactive. She should have made up some news.

Re:No News? Make Up Some (4, Insightful)

TheLink (130905) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561696)

Uh, she just did.

Re:No News? Make Up Some (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562616)

Uh, she just did.

Making news is different than making up news.

Until you get caught.

Re:No News? Make Up Some (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562148)

"She should have made up some news."

Maybe she can go to work for Briebart.com, home of TFA.

http://www.mrc.org/press/releases/2010/20100729124244.aspx [mrc.org]

Not as clear cut as that (5, Interesting)

R_Growler (84235) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561622)

According to her, and the workers unions, NRK is screwing and abusing their temp workers (which she was) royally.
In Norway the law says that if you are a temp for 4 years you will be granted the benefits and protection of a regular employee. NRK (which is government owned and run) will let a temp work for *almost* 4 years then leave them high and dry.
Before your four years are up they will not let you have any say in any matters, expect you to work un"bob"like hours, and keep your mouth shut while not on the air. She basically just had enough and gained a lot of sympathy for it in Norway, where the workers unions have been complaining about these practices by our state owned broadcaster for years.

But rebelling on the air.. Well, ballsy, but not the brightest of moves.

-RG.

Re:Not as clear cut as that (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561850)

Bright enough to gain a lot of public sympathy. Surely that's worth something.

How is it not bright? What are the negative consequences for her? Will her former employer sue her?

Is rebellion in the air?

Re:Not as clear cut as that (2, Insightful)

mdielmann (514750) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562102)

I think his response wasn't so much about the actions of her former employer, but the caution potential future employers might exercise when considering her for employment.

Re:Not as clear cut as that (4, Informative)

arth1 (260657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562156)

What are the negative consequences for her?

She's pretty much unemployable. She used national radio without permission to vent her frustration with the leadership. Any future prospective employer will keep that track record in mind -- how do they know she won't do similar when employed for them?

Anyhow, yes, the Norwegian Broadcorping Castration needs to change things -- having more than a third of your permanent work force hired as "temps" and "interns" isn't kosher (or whatever the Norwegian term is -- lutefisk?). But that doesn't make this lady's actions any more palatable; she abused her position and used a publicly funded service for her own purpose.

Will her former employer sue her?

As I understand it, her resignation was not legal because public radio broadcast isn't a valid way to deliver one's resignation. So she was fired with prejudice. If I understand this correctly, Norway has two levels of firing someone -- "oppsigelse", which is a regular dismissal, and "avskjed", a "dismissal with prejudice" which can only be done if an employee actively and willfully harms a company. In the latter, the dismissed person loses all termination rights, including leave of notice, termination pay, accrued holidays and private pensions, but the company has to be able to back up the decision in court. Which they undoubtedly can here, as she presented the evidence over the air.

Re:Not as clear cut as that (2, Insightful)

lgw (121541) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562742)

Her job was to entertain her listeners. She entertained her listeners. Where's the harm to her eomployer?

Maybe it's different in Norway, but in the US there are certainly job prospects for crazy radio personalities.

Re:Not as clear cut as that (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562038)

Here is a question for you?
How many hours do they expect you to work?
How much vacation time?
How much sick time?

And if they have been doing this for a while why do people keep working their if it so bad?

Re:Not as clear cut as that (1)

dominious (1077089) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562532)

their? haha you are so wrong im gonna give you a "Expecting adverb but adjective found." compiler error.

All spelling and grammar errors are intentional. Grammar Nazis' need entertainment.

oh...shit.

Re:Not as clear cut as that (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562546)

As I understand it, in Norway the work time is regulated by law, not by individual contracts.

To the best of my knowledge:

37.5 hours work week
Overtime, Sunday and holiday pay is at least 150% of regular pay, and except in extreme circumstances can only be done with the agreement of both the employer and employee. For work days exceeding 10 hours with overtime, a second paid lunch hour and dinner compensation is mandated, and overtime payment goes up to 200%.
Even salaried people get overtime, unless they have de facto leadership positions (with people reporting to them).
25 days of paid vacation (31 days if above 60 years old)
10.2% accrued vacation compensation (12.5% if above 60 years old)
42 weeks of paid maternity leave (or 52 weeks at 80% pay)
Unlimited amount of sick leave with a doctor's statement.
Without, there's a limitation of max four periods per year not exceeding three days each.
There are 13 public holidays. However, many of these fall on Saturdays and Sundays and only people who regularly work weekends will get paid time off. 7-8 public holidays per year with paid time off is normal.

Companies can (and often do) offer better terms, but can't offer anything worse.

From a US perspective, this looks like heaven, but from a Norwegian perspective, what we have here in the US is inhumane.

Re:Not as clear cut as that (2, Interesting)

tixxit (1107127) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562158)

A large store near the University I went to had an agreement with the University student council. They agreed to hire mostly students from the U to work there, but the students could only work for 2 terms (8 months), then they got canned. Most of the time, this was seen as a win-win. Lots of students got some cash and some work experience they could put on a resume and the store got cheap labour. During my time at school though, the student workers "went on strike" over this practice, claiming it was unfair, etc. The irony is that they wouldn't have gotten the job in the first place if their predecessors hadn't been canned first.

I like to think that most people go into these types of work environments knowing what'll happen in X amount of time. The idea is to use that time wisely, gain some experience, and get out before you get canned. My wife was at a similar job right out of University. Instead of waiting out her 3 years and complaining at the end of it, she excelled at her job and got to know people in the department she wanted to work in. Within a year she had moved to that department (and got a hefty raise with it), and shortly after that was hired full-time.

Re:Not as clear cut as that (1)

gknoy (899301) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562320)

If they're going to hire someone for a pre-planned amount of time, they should put that in the employment contract. "You are being hired for X months. At the end of this time, you will either be promoted to something better, or let go". This lets the employee plan for being let go, rather than think that they might have a fair shot at a normal job.

Of course, the company won't want to do that - they won't think the employee is invested in the company if they're already looking for the next job. (A company that wants to hire people for only a short period like that, though, isn't very invested in the employee either.)

Ob "Network" reference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561642)

She was bored as hell and wasn't going to take it any more.

every day is a slow news day (1)

Jakeva (1429603) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561720)

since 9/11, there have been maybe a few dozen non-slow news days. something happened again in the middle east? that's weird. china is still making us their economic slaves? had no idea. people are going apeshit over some product that they'll laugh about in 2 years over how apeshit they went? news is always just more of the same. the most interesting thing to happen in the last month was some vet decided to open fire on a cop on a busy public street. cop was injured in the leg, blew the other guys brains out. all this was happening while i was on my way home from class. does it happen in several US cities every week? yes.

Got the painters in (-1, Troll)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561730)

Sounds like "Aunt Flo" was paying a visit.

Re:Got the painters in (1)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561922)

+1, Sexist?

heh (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561784)

"She wanted to be able to eat properly again and breathe"? This is Norway, were they working her at a unconscionable 40 hours a week? Only a month of vacation?

Re:heh (2, Funny)

SirWhoopass (108232) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561928)

We used a Norwegian contractor for some work at our facility in the US. The guys that came over here were hard workers. One went so far as to check out of his hotel and sleep in the office (we thought that was taking it a bit too far).

The French contractor... they didn't even bother with asking for keys to the building. They just arrived late and went home before we did.

Every time you link to Breitbart... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561792)

...a hateful malcontent gets undeserved page hits.

Re:Every time you link to Breitbart... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562194)

True, true, I don't know why the link to the crappy story on the Breitbart page. This is hardly news.

She should get a job at Fox "News" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33561818)

Never a slow news day there since they just make sh!t up.

good enterprise, she filled two minutes. (1)

swschrad (312009) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561980)

sounds like NHK needs to read blogs on air daily.

JetBlue 2.0 (1)

geekmansworld (950281) | more than 4 years ago | (#33561988)

Looks like "deploying the slide" will be a thing after all. Employers everywhere, beware!

WTF are they doing over there anyway?! (1)

mandark1967 (630856) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562052)

From the summary: ...Pedersen claimed that broadcaster NRK put too much pressure on the staff and that she "wanted to be able to eat properly again and be able to breathe,"...

I take it they have a fat man named Sven sit on your chest at lunchtime and make you eat soup with your hands?

Another self-centered whiner. (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562070)

That's what we have here. If she's not happy with her job, find another one. I'm sick and tired of dealing with people who have this sort of attitude. I'll go into stores and routinely encounter jerks moping around, rude, inattentive and apparently upset. Like that ass flight attendant who made that scene. What I find ridiculous is that there are idiots out there who have glorified what this jerk has done.

I've worked with quite a few people over the years who hated where they worked. It's not that it was that bad, but there was something about it they couldn't stand. But despite being perfectly able to go and find another job they wouldn't do so. It's like they had gotten too comfortable with their situation. Almost like there was satisfaction in being able to stew in their apparently misery. It allowed them to be self-righteous and gave their griping a purpose.

I always find it ridiculous when people working office jobs complain about grueling work environments, especially in the West. It's not that the work can be stressful and frustrating, but it's a far cry from what is faced in other fields and elsewhere in the world, especially Asia.

From personal experience everything I've encountered in the States pales in comparison to my work experience in Asia. One time over the period of 3 or 4 months I worked every single day, literally. I was averaging 75 - 80 hour work weeks. The work was tedious and the client frustrating to deal with. Many of my friends there worked long hours, although rarely on the level of what I've faced. However, I knew quite a few people who were openly abusive. They would insult employees, in some cases shoving them around and throwing papers in their faces.

In the States I've seen people throw a fit because they were facing the prospect of having to work until 8pm. Hell, I've seen employees at the supermarket piss and moan about being forced to stay at work 5-10 minutes late. Europe seems to be as bad, perhaps even worse in this regard. I guess once people have established a certain level of expectations any small deviation from that causes an uproar.

Without question things go too far in Asia at times, but people in the West seem incapable, or unwilling, to acknowledge how easy they have it.

Re:Another self-centered whiner. (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562428)

Can only speak for the States, but I think the answer you are looking for is health insurance. Plenty of people are trapped in jobs they hate because they can't afford to spend 3 months without it or even worse, they don't want themselves or a loved one denied future coverage.

Nothing as disheartening as turning down a nice job offer because your wife would have to go without insulin.

How far we have fallen (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562078)

In 34 years we've gone from I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more! [youtube.com] to "I'm bored as hell and I'm not going to take it any more... sigh."

Re:How far we have fallen (1)

The Moof (859402) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562342)

The sad part is that little rant applies just as much today as it did back then.

CA (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562164)

There is no such thing as a slow news day to a properly motivated, investigative news team.

The shenanigans of our state government here in California could fill a 24 hour news program on multiple channels.

Of course, the "properly motivated, investigative news team" is as mythical as the jabberwock and bandersnatch.

Re:CA (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562512)

Of course, the "properly motivated, investigative news team" is as mythical as the jabberwock and bandersnatch.

I don't know, George Seldes did a hell of a job, practically alone for eighty years. Through his career he managed to publish all kinds of stories no one else would touch, and piss off virtually every crooked faction in the USA. I mean, the guy was reporting on the solid medical evidence of a link between cigarettes and cancer back in the 1940's.

  There was a documentary about his life, aptly titled "Tell the Truth and Run!" Good viewing.

Clearly no one cares (1)

pyrosine (1787666) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562178)

Literately - I mean noone actually stopped her during her 2 minute broadcast?

Ozzy Osbourne dealt with Management much better... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33562238)

From the article:

Pia Beathe Pedersen accused her employers at the regional radio station of public broadcaster NRK of putting too much pressure on the staff.

and then:

NRK spokesman Oeyvind Werner Oefsti says Pedersen's actions were a surprise.

Considering how out-of-touch with reality most Management-types are (especially HR management), I believe that this statement is probably truthful. I suspect, as is usual, Management and their sycophants will project their own biases onto this person and privately berate this broadcaster as being incompetent, mentally unbalanced, etc and so on. But of course I could be 180 degrees wrong. Maybe if I was (ever) in Management I would see things completely differently.

Set Time for News (4, Insightful)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 4 years ago | (#33562804)

Anytime you have a set amount of time you have to fill or a set amount of time on-air, you'll get a bunch of "news" that isn't newsworthy.

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