SOMETHING TO TELL THE PEOPLE OF EDMONTON?



Potentially dangerous coworker

I work in a retail store with a bunch of people who are all pretty close. There’s one employee who is constantly talking about how much he hates life and people. That doesn’t bother me so much though.

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What I’m concerned about is how he talks about shooting people, killing people, killing himself, blowing people and stuff up, and other creepy school shooter type stuff. He plays it off as a joke but you can tell there’s some seriousness to what he’s saying.

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What course of action should I take? I don’t want to create an enemy at work, I don’t want everyone else to hate me either.


SOMETHING TO TELL THE PEOPLE OF EDMONTON?

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  1. Report it. Talk to hr if you have one. Call crime stoppers or police disbatch non emergency line and they will tell you who to contact from there. I worked with this one really weird kid. Always followed me and there was something off about him. Two months later he was in the news for stealing someone’s cat and frying it up and eating it in the river valley. True story.

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  2. When it comes to threats of harming self or others, consider this; if you report it, sure, your coworker might hate your guts for it. However, if you don’t report it and your coworker follows through, could you live with yourself?

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  3. Make sure hes not actually joking and your not just having no sense of humor. Comedy is meant to push boundaries and make people uncomfortable its always possible your reacting to seriously.

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    1. I feel there’s a difference between making funny jokes and saying “jokingly” that you’re going to kill people etc. Especially in this day and age where so much of these kinds of things have happened.

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    2. She mentioned he was making her feel creepy. I’d say you have to go with your gut on this one. If you’re concerned about things he says AND he makes your skin crawl…I’d be anonymously reporting that!

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    3. Not sure what part of killing people is funny. A person that feels that is humorous is not right in the head. That’s along the same lines as rape or pedophile humour.

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    4. Brenda Nelson, lots of people joke about that….its not always serious. Comes back to what Clinton is saying. If you don’t have that sense of humor or just don’t get that humor you will take it seriously when it’s far from serious..

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  4. Protect yourself. Are other coworkers around when he says stuff? Do things anonymously. God forbid you complain to police and they give him a warning and tell him to go to counseling. Now he knows who complained, where you work and you are at risk.
    Police non emerg is a good start I think.

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  5. You can report it to the police…but as of right now, they most likely cannot do much. They can open a file on him though. Depending on how serious it is, they could *potentially* decide to press charges for say, uttering threats, but obviously they would make that call.

    I’d report it at work to your manager and/or HR department. All employees deserve a workplace where they feel safe and comfortable, and if you don’t, it’s their responsibility to fix it. You could ask that your concerns remain confidential…but they don’t have to do so.

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    1. It’s also entirely possible they already have a file. People who talk like that have certain searches and interests that tend to raise flags and are “watched”

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  6. I’d talk to your HR person to be honest and ask what course of action you should be taking. You are concerned for yourself, others and him….. They need to find out if he needs help or if it’s a police matter.

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  7. Report it to HR, head office. They should contact police as well after they’ve dealt with it. Workplace violence – even if it is just a threat at this point- shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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  8. If he is only making these jokes the odd time I don’t think it’s a big deal but by the sounds of what this person is saying he’s constantly making these jokes. To me that’s not funny anyway and aren’t jokes supposed to be funny? If it were me I would probably first tell him to his face that it’s becoming to much with all the hate and kill jokes and a little creepy or that they’re getting old ect. If he continued to be a freaky jack ass then go to the boss. Chances are others are finding it annoying too.

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  9. Talk to him with a compassionate heart. “Whoa dude… I know life’s a shits and people are fucktards.. but geeze man, before you start getting all crazy and stuff let’s just just talk”… he plays it off like a joke, but there is probably some serious, or fantasy, side of him that really feels that way and he needs somebody to talk to. Don’t talk down to him, be compassionate, ask him what’s wrong. If you think he really is serious you need to talk to your superiors, but I suspect they won’t know what to do.. other than fire him which is the wrong thing to do. If they fire him he will be pushed more into negativity – he needs help – don’t let him joke it off.

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  10. The guy who shot up the Loblaws warehouse a few years ago had a similar outlook – always talked militia, firearms, and destruction. Everyone there knew he was weird, but no one did anything….please, for the love of all that’s holy, speak up!!!

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  11. I dont know if they can even do anything really and keep in mind you might be opening that door yourself . sticky situation you should deffinitely talk to a police person see where you stand but watch out for your own safety first

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  12. A kid at my son’s school talked like this. He said he was going to shoot up the school and was talking in detail and naming names. The principal was notified that day after school and the next day the police were at the school…… it was dealt with. This is the kind of thing people, adult and kids can not and should not “joke” about. Talking about it all the time would be a sign he’s NOT OK. I would absolutely contact your HR department if they do nothing I would go to the police. If he being an ass and thinks it’s funny he will be really surprised when the police come and talk to him, hopefully he will see the seriousness of his “joking”. If he is serious maybe he will get the help he needs.

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  13. You need to get him some help. Do you have any type of EPA program at work? Can you somehow contact his familly members, ie try and get his home telephone number? He needs help, I am shure he is not a risk yet but he needs help

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  14. He is hurting deeply, but he needs someone to help him get through and passed this.
    I’d talk to a crisis line maybe or a manager of some sort that you might trust to handle it appropriately?
    Good luck. I hope this young man gets his life to a happy place with peace.

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  15. Also this person is working retail and deals with a lot of public persons so they could be in harms way and not even know it; hopefully you will utilize some of the fab feedback here to help neutralize this situation before something possibly does happen. Good luck and I hope it all works out well for all parties

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  16. He’s likely saying this to more people than you. Talk to your manager, they will know the best course of action. No need for you to feel like the responsible one turning him in.

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  17. Instead of being so damn negative, go with him to purchase the primers, anfo and firearms! I am sure his outlook will improve knowing he has a friend to join him in his off duty pleasures.

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  18. So you would rather a have a future killer on the loose because your worried about people liking you?? Doesn’t your work have a hotline you can call anonymous and get the right info and actions you need to take!

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