I was reading the newspaper and I came across this story that really made me shake my head. There was a local who decided to donate a kidney to help her sick boss who needed a kidney transplant. How did this boss reward the woman for her good deed? She fired her!!!
Don't get me wrong, we all have done things to make sure our boss liked us. Maybe we worked an extra shift on our weekend off so the boss could attend his/her child's softball game. We may have sprung for coffee and doughnuts for the early morning meeting. We may even have taken the heat for the boss just to keep the peace in the world of office politics. But donate a kidney!?!?!? And then get fired shortly after doing so???? That is unreal.
Just to be clear, there are two sides to every story. As a journalist, as a citizen, it is my job to explore the possibilities. Maybe the worker who donated her kidney only did it for job security and was really a slacker who wanted something for nothing. Maybe she was chronically late, constantly missed her sales quota and was not a great person to be around. Maybe the employee was not a good fit for the organization and nothing was going to change that, not even a kidney transplant.
But I have to wonder how someone in management, who basically was given a second chance at life from a person, has the courage to terminate that same person's employment. All based on the worker not being feeling well, being sick after an operation to help save your life? How does a person live with themselves? The only thing I can think of is, "God don't like ugly." I wrote about karma in a recent blog, and I truly believe that we are all held accountable for our actions. God knows the truth in every situation and I have a firm belief that we all pay for mistreatment of others. In some way shape or form. For example, if the woman who donated the kidney did it for selfish reasons, then obviously the way she is being treated is her karma. But honestly, I can't see much selfishness in donating a kidney to someone else to save a life all the while putting your life in danger.
I just hope this woman can feel good that she helped someone extend their life and that she should feel good in knowing that the good seed she's sown has not gone overlooked. And hopefully she can get some peace and a better job!