Redundancy drill

Did you hear about the one where employees of a historic department store in Hexham learned that they were being made redundant after responding to a fire alarm?

According to reports from the BBC (News: Business), bosses at the almost 189-year-old Robbs store deliberately set off the fire bell to clear the building of customers and get staff together in one place.

It is believed that management took the approach so that staff would hear first hand about the closure of the retail outlet, rather than on the news later in the evening or the next day.

Accordingly, not everyone was convinced that it was best method of breaking the news.

See Fire alarm signals time on Robbs for more details.

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