Texan employee firing turns deadly after screwdriver-pocket knife showdown

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Terminating an employee doesn’t literally end in their death, but that’s just what happened after an unexpected workplace altercation in Houston.
Following alleged behaviour that saw employee Malcolm Bakari McCloud disrespect his supervisor in front of customers, the supervisor made the decision to terminate him.
According to reports in the Houston Chronicle, he formed a posse with a colleague and approached McCloud to confront him with the news just before high noon, at 11:15am.
McCloud did not take news of his termination well, and after getting agitated began punching his accuser and threatening to kill him.
As the dispute escalated, McCloud produced a screwdriver and tried to stab his manager. In defense, the manager stabbed McCloud with a pocketknife, causing him to die at the scene.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, as yet, no charges have been laid against the manager, but that an investigation into the tragic layoff is ongoing.
  • Justin B. on 2014-08-08 12:13:43 PM

    This is a very unfortunate incident. This is why being mindful and intentional about timing, the location and people present in a termination meeting is important. And it's often not what you say, but how you say it.

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