A Taiwanese man sparked controversy on social media after complaining about a wage cut for spending too much time in the bathroom during work hours.
The disgruntled clerk known only as’ Mr. A. ‘recently went to Facebook to express his frustration and disappointment that part of his monthly salary was withheld by the company he works for for spending too much time in the bathroom the previous month. The man admitted to spending a whopping 49.5 hours on the toilet, the equivalent of roughly two hours of bathroom time per day, but said his employer had not informed him that his wages could be cut for too long toilet breaks.
The Taiwanese published his story on the Blame 2 Commune Facebook group and asked the other member for advice on how to proceed. He clarified that he had interned for 22 days last month, 195 hours in total, and an hourly salary of 160 yuan. However, on payday, he noticed that about 4,400 yuan had been withdrawn and decided to take up the matter with human resources.
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Mr A was informed that he had spent almost 50 hours in the bathroom in the past month, according to internal CCTV footage. With management allowing an average of one hour of bathroom time per day, 27.5 hours have been deducted from his salary.
“Okay, so I was there a long time, but does that mean my money can be withdrawn indiscriminately?” the man asked, adding that the company had already threatened to let him go if he didn’t let go.
The man said he was considering reporting the matter to the labor exchange, but his parents were against it and told him to keep his head down and keep his job.
“If I can’t spend time in the bathroom, I’ll just poop in my pants and the whole office will stink. I’m really amazed by all of this, “concluded Mr. A. his rant.
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This bizarre case received mixed reactions on social media. Some people said they understand the employer’s decision because 50 hours of monthly bathroom time during working hours is too much, and others support the man and encourage him to report his employer to authorities.
“The company has no money to send you to the bathroom. Which company will hire someone to spend 2 hours a day on the toilet? “One person commented. “You work 8 hours a day, 22 days a month, which means you spend 6 days on the bathroom. Who wouldn’t deduct your salary?”
“If you go to the bathroom 2 hours a day, the place you should go is not the toilet, but the hospital,” wrote someone else.
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But Mr A has received some encouraging messages from people.
“There are people in our company who work eight hours a day and spend three hours on the toilet. Do not take the wage deduction lying down.
Bathroom time during work hours has become a big deal in Asia, especially mainland China. Employers have found all possible ways to monitor employee toilet visits and prevent long bathroom breaks.