Now, being late isn’t a good thing (which is kinda ironic for me to state, seeing how I commit the offence not only on an occasional basis but a routine basis. Thankfully I haven’t lost my job… yet).
And because it’s not a good thing, punishments naturally have to be implemented in order to shape the offender up.
But here’s the thing: how far can punishments be pushed to still qualify as punishments, instead of a downright illogical measure?
Incidentally, for Facebook user Charlton Tan, it seems to be the latter.
Having been late for class because of a road jam and downpour, he arrived with his friends only to find out that the door had been locked.
That’s right; they were allegedly locked out of their own class.
“Is it our fault that it was raining?”
The post was published just yesterday (8 Jan) at around 9:00 a.m. It’s unclear when the incident exactly happened.
According to the post, Charlton and his friends had turned up late (around 15 minutes) for class due to a road jam.
But it seems that the jam was hardly the worst thing to have occurred to them that day, as the group of five found themselves stranded outside the classroom.
The lecturer had allegedly locked them out.
Naturally, the group went about it the logical way.
Locked out of the classroom? No problem. Just gotta take a…
Yep, wefie (though I have difficulty deciphering the text on the paper).
However, it seems that the lecturer relented and let them in at some point.
But the damage has been done.
Later on, Charlton would take the debate to Facebook, where he questioned whether the measure was appropriate in his case.
Netizens evidently didn’t take kindly to the lecturer’s actions.
One was so concerned he trying calling in the big guns.
And one claimed to have been taught by her before.
Although to be fair, there were individuals that somewhat indirectly defended the lecturer’s actions.
But they were largely in the minority.
And that, folks, leads us to the all-important question.
How much is too much?
Was the lecturer being too unreasonable there, or were the students the ones making a mountain out of a molehill?
I, for one, feel that the lecturer might have gone a tad bit overboard, considering the fact that the students had a valid excuse and weren’t exactly one hour late.
What about you?
Image: Facebook (Charlton Tan)