Along with my payslip, I received a particularly laughable memo, from which I quote:

Should you become ill and think you will not be able to go to your elementary or junior high school assignment, please make sure you call (deleted) the day before you are scheduled. Because we cannot accept a same day cancellation from you, we require that you call (deleted) by 4:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled teaching day.

Uh...yeah, whatever. All I can say is, I feel sorry for all their other employees who can’t see into the future and predict illness in advance.

Seriously, that’s just unreasonable, don’t you think? I mean, if they said that they would like us to let them know in advance if possible, that would be one thing. But to say that they “cannot accept” someone being ill is a bit ridiculous, not to mention at odds with biological reality. What do they want – a sick employee turning up and projectile-vomiting, Exorcist-style, over all the pupils?

Probably best to just ignore it, I suppose. The fact that I don’t get paid if I don’t turn up is a good incentive anyway. This memo just makes me think that they are an unreasonable bunch of +++ATH0 NO CARRIER