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February 22, 2016

Think About It: Blew Flu

32% of the prison guards at the state's eight correctional facilities, or 230 people, called in sick on Super Bowl Sunday. The good news is that this number is 3% lower than the number of ailing workers who called in sick on Super Bowl Sunday a year ago. I wonder how many Carolina Panthers' fans were sick after the game? Some have suggested that Cam Newton should've called in sick, some thought he was sick, but that's another story.

Carolina Blue Flu or Super Bowl Fever- whatever you call it, is unacceptable, of course, and a suggestion to have more correctional employees trade shifts is perhaps the best way to get through this season of illness- which amazingly lasts one day. And it's obviously not only in our prisons that people call in sick on Big Game Day. How many others in unrelated businesses have skirted work rules by calling in sick on uncelebrated holidays, special event days, or even birthdays? And, of course, some people possibly really are sick.

The good news at the state prisons is that helpful coworkers filled in to ensure that normal visiting hours were realized at all of the penal places. But the tendency to simply not show up on any given day for questionable maladies because you decide you have other things to do, or watch, deserves a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. Healthy, but absent, correctional officers really do need to correct this one; ethically speaking of course. Think about it…

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