All morning long we were advising people to stay of the roadways, and I heard from a lady on Facebook who told me, “Look Mike, it’s not that people … think that it’s safe to be out on the roadways. It’s that they’re afraid that if they don’t show up to work they’re going to get fired.”And I gotta tell you man, if that happened, you better “take it to Akin” or something because we are going to kick somebody’s behind if they fire you because you didn’t head out on a deadly flooded street.”I mean … it’s crazy.I know there’s a lot of moms and dads out there. You’re trying to pay the bills its a tough decision to make. But if anybody got fired because they didn’t go out to work in this, call us; call me; call Emily Akin; call our news desk and we will expose that person on the air in front of millions of people and embarrass them.I will do that. I’m serious.
The response on Facebook was all but unanimous. “You have completely earned my respect,” one commenter wrote. Others shared their stories of being forced to commute to work during other historical flood events. One woman said she was forced to come in to her mall job during Tropical Storm Alison in 2001. She said her paycheck was even docked because she left early when the mall closed because of the flood.
You can be sure if someone gets fired for skipping work during a major flood in Houston, Mike Iscovitz will have their back.