Refuse to let people use common sense, and you are often left with a mess.
Here is a prime example:
A school bus driver on Long Island is fighting to regain his job after being fired last week for being a Good Samaritan, apparently against company policy.
George Daw claimed he was terminated because he helped three Nassau County police detectives during last Monday's hail and rain storm.
"I felt this was something anyone would do under the circumstances," said Daw, 58.
Daw was driving a mini-bus carrying a teenage passenger and a bus matron last Monday as golf ball-size hail and torrential rain pelted New Hyde Park. On Hillside Avenue, Daw came upon on a stalled unmarked police car carrying detectives, according to Detective Lt. Raymond Cote. The car had been filling with water.
"They're saying, you've got to help us, you've got to help us," said Daw. "You've got to get us to the third precinct. We're police officers."
Daw did just that, pushing through the flood waters to pick up the detectives and deliver them to their precinct.
"I felt they were in danger," explained Daw.
Daw's employer, Educational Bus Transport of Copiague, didn't agree.
After Daw filed a report about what happened, he was terminated from his job of nine months.
Company paperwork supplied by Daw showed he was fired in part because he violated policy prohibiting drivers from picking up unscheduled passengers...
So canning a worker who was helping stranded motorists during a hail storm is the type of media story that you want to link your firm to Mr. and Mrs. bus company executives?
Forget that those helped were police detectives.
What if the stranded driver and passengers were elderly folks or a parent with two small children?
Would the employee still have been fired? They still would have violated the same company policy, right?
I hope Mr. Daw finds a much better job--one with wise executives who will recognize and reward his willingness to help someone else in need.