Joblessness causes violence

The cost of surviving in America is increasing and simultaneously causing certain people to lash out. Last Friday, a University of Alabama-Huntsville professor allegedly shot three people after being denied tenure.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the U.S. decreased from 10 percent to 9.7 percent in January. However, the decreasing figures are not enough to put food on the tables of someAmericans.

Last month in Atlanta, a disgruntled Penske ex-employee returned to his old job with a handgun and shot two people to death and injuring three others.

In cities nationwide not all people are complacent when told that their employment has reached its end. Fourth grade teacher Mark Foster took his frustrations out on the principle and vice principle at Inskip Elementary School in Knoxville, Tenn. Foster walked into the office around 12:50 p.m. and shot the two women.

Retaliatory workplace violence has become a growing concern in the weakened economy. The University of California at Berkeley has a checklist posted on its human resources Web site for employees that are terminated due to budget cuts.

The site gives tips by telling former employees, “it’s normal to feel a sense of loss and the need to take some time to begin to heal.

At least temporarily, a person may have lost many things, including daily work, associations, a structure for days, financial security and status.

Even though a person’s job loss may be due to budget cuts and it’s their fault, it is common to feel some loss of self-esteem, or that somehow you have failed and it can be hard to tell friends and family.”

It seems that normal blue-collar citizens are unable to cope when faced with unemployment.

Job security for employees is just as important as finding work is for the unemployed.
Some people are taking their jobs too seriously. Getting fired sucks, but after getting the ax, vacate the premises never to return, unless it is to collect that last check.