One Olive Garden manager was caught being a real Grinch to employees this Christmas season — and now the team leader has been 86’d.
Parent company Darden took action after a mean-spirited missive from the Kansas worker went viral, drawing negative attention to the brand, which has been struggling with inflation-related setbacks.
“From now on, if you call off, you might as well go out and look for another job,” the now-fired manager wrote, according to KCTV5, noting that no excuses would be tolerated.
“If you’re sick, you need to come prove it to us. If your dog died, you need to bring him in and prove it to us,” they raged in the maniacal memo.
The haranguing honcho was seemingly fed up over staffing shortages during the busy holiday period, going so far as to threaten to pry into employees’ personal lives, noting if a worker uses a “family emergency” as a reason for not showing up, they must disclose details.
“If you can’t say, too bad,” they wrote, insinuating that the employee would be let go if they could not give a satisfactory explanation.
“If anyone calls out more than ONCE in the next 30 days, you will not have a job,” the O.G. ogre promised.
The ultimatum-giver went on to boast about their perfect attendance record across a decade-plus period of employment with the company.
“I came in sick. I got in a wreck literally on my way to work on time, airbags went off and my car was totaled, but you know what, I made it to work, ON TIME!” they fumed. “There are no more excuses. If you’re here to work and want to work, then work.”
The sharp-tongued shift leader concluded their note, saying that while they’d much rather be at home with their husband and dog, “I’m dedicated to being here. As should you. No more excuses or complaints.”
“This message is not aligned with our company’s values,” a Darden representative told KCTV5 in a statement. “We can confirm we have parted ways with this manager.”
Darden did not immediately return The Post’s request for comment.