Talk:Subway sacks New Zealand worker for sharing free drink; lays theft charges

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What makes this article worthy of inclusion on the front page of an internationally-read news source? At best this deserves to go in the "D" section of a small local newspaper. Having it on the front page of Wikinews is an embarrassment. 71.139.180.41 16:26, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

the fact that its news! this article doesnt make any of the other articles less news worthy, why remove it? silly notability rules dont apply here:D i would however like the article to be clarified so its clear that its an individual manager or subway policy thats at fault here

Due to the nature of Wikinews, anyone can create news articles, and so they are going to write what they want to write, not want other people want them to. 202.124.104.19 21:39, 8 May 2007 (UTC)


Removed the text about the employee having Asberger's as it's totally irrelevant to the situation.--72.130.143.25 22:03, 8 May 2007 (UTC)


Due to the nature of Wikinews, anyone can create news articles, and so they are going to write what they want to write, not want other people want them to. 202.124.104.19 21:39, 8 May 2007 (UTC)


Right. By that argument, every police-blotter entry from every small town across the country can be included as front-page news. This would result in hundreds of "headlines" per hour, with no content whatsoever, which would result in the destruction of the reputation of Wikinews (such as it is) as a useful or valuable news source. Including articles that have no national or international (or even city-level) relevancy is flippant and a waste of the reader's time. This article is about a petty dispute between a shop manager and an employee - one of hundreds of thousands of such disputes that happen every single day, which don't (and shouldn't) make front-page news anywhere, because they're simply not relevant.

What's going on here is that the author of this article likely has a interest and motive to abuse the world-wide coverage that Wikinews provides to further their opinion (on one side or other) of a petty local squabble. Welcome to the internet and thank you for degrading this news source. Please pull your article. 71.139.180.41 22:40, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

you are incorrect. Its sourced, from reliable news sources, and is news. So I think you anaology of this is wrong. DragonFire1024 22:44, 8 May 2007 (UTC)


As a resident of NZ, this truly is a stupid news story to put on wikinews.

Lets look at the other stories it is currently sharing headline space with, shall we?:

  • NCAA Sports: Mid-Con name to be dropped in favor of Summit League
  • DOE awards management of US nuclear lab to UC-led team
  • Dunedin Subway manager sacks New Zealand worker for sharing drink, lays theft charges
  • Parti Québécois leader steps down
  • NATO forces attacked, civilians caught in the cross fire.
  • Tajik president meets Khamenei in Tehran
  • Six arrested in plot against US army base in New Jersey
  • NASA observes largest supernova on record
  • Wikinews Shorts: May 8, 2007

So we have stories about international leaders doing various things, people being arrested for terrorist plots, a story about a war and civilian casualty and a nice science piece about the largest supernova ever. And up along side all of this is someone from Subway in Dunedin getting fired for stealing a coke. Pathetic. New Zealand is already viewed as an ignorable small-time country by many of the world, we don't need news stories of this calibre being posted to imply that this is the most newsworthy thing that happened in NZ.

What about the man who got his finger bitten off by trying to help an injured pitbull - violent dogs are a topical issue here right now. What about the 2 teenage girls killed over the weekend when a party went out of control? What about the two-year old child recently killed in a drive-by gang shooting? What about NZ being rated the 4th best place in the world for mothers? Any of these stories is far more deserving of a spot on wikinews than this drivvel, which does nothing to inform wikipedia readers about important events in New Zealand and only casts a negative light on our country for being a small nowheresville hick town where the only important news is someone being fired from a takeway joint. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 202.49.72.33 (talkcontribs) between 01:00 and 01:02, 9 May 2007

Anyone anywhere can write an article about whatever news story they want. If its sourced, reads well, then its news, like it or not. You said the headlines yourself...read what you like. If you don't like it, don't read it. Stop bashing articles and the people who wrote them. DragonFire1024 03:00, 9 May 2007 (UTC)
Sure, those other examples are good and are newsworthy, but I don't give a fucken dam (sorry to use that language). I am not going to waste my time writing about something I have absolutely no interest in at all. I am going to write only about stuff I care/find interesting about. --Nzgabriel | Talk 03:34, 9 May 2007 (UTC)
Some people may consider all those WP entries tagged as not up to snuff "pathetic". Meanwhile, at this site, news is welcomed. -Edbrown05 03:54, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

This is a fine article[edit]

Wow, I cannot believe the amount of negativity on this talk page. But yes, it goes on the front page. And this kind of story will always be news on Wikinews. When we get to the point where there are dozens or scores of stories for each day, then main page will break down stories into categories, they might be topical or regional, but for now, this is a main page story. --SVTCobra 01:14, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

yes, I agree. Smile.png Can't believe they charged someone for $8.00 worth of theft. [she probably shouldn't of given it away without paying, but don't people get warnings for such a minor offense?] Bawolff 03:07, 9 May 2007 (UTC)
But she didn't 'give it away free', as part of her employment she was entitled to have a free drink, as soon as she got said free drink it became her property and she could share it with whomever she likes, if her employers had an issue with that they could have changed, or more closely defined, the policy. But there is no reasonable way to say, as some have, that she was stealing by merely allowing her friend to drink some of her drink, when she had every right to believe that it was hers.222.154.176.117 23:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
My thoughts exactly. DragonFire1024 23:55, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

Charges dropped[edit]

The charges were dropped by the police a couple of weeks ago, [1]222.154.176.117 23:21, 27 May 2007 (UTC)