Tuesday 20 March 2018

Limerick student 'sacked' for choosing Electric Picnic over her job receives several job offers

Emily Culhane
Emily Culhane

Sasha Brady

An Irish girl who claimed she had been sacked for 'choosing Electric Picnic over her job' has received several job offers.

Approximately 41,000 people are expected to attend the festival in Stradbally, Laois this weekend, and Emily Culhane was one of the lucky festivalgoers to nab a ticket (costing €220) before they sold out in June.

However, Emily made the ultimate sacrifice to attend the festival: her job.

The young woman, a business studies graduate from the University of Limerick, posted a screengrab to the festival's official Facebook page, claiming that she has been sacked for refusing to sell her Electric Picnic ticket.

She wrote that she was told by her boss that if she cared about the job, she would sell her ticket.

She refused, however, and posted a photograph of an email outlining that she had been issued with her P45.

Already, the post has gained thousands of 'likes' and hundreds of comments.

Speaking to Eoghan McDermott on 2fm on Wednesday Emily claimed she told her boss she would need time off a fortnight ago, and she broached the subject again last weekend.

“When I asked for the time off she said, ‘If you cared about your job you would sell your ticket’," she revealed.

“I panicked and said, ‘I don’t think I’ll do that’. She just said again that if I cared I would sell them.”

She added, "That was on Saturday and I got an email from them on Tuesday.  I wasn't rostered to work or anything, she hadn't made the roster.

"People online have been saying I probably didn't show up but sure it hasn't even happened yet.

“The email just said, ‘Here is your payslip and the P45 will be sent out in the morning’.”

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However, it seems Emily's refusal to back down is appreciated in some quarters as she has received four job offers.

"One was a bar, one is a cafe and one is a recruitment job," she said.

"Just shows you can turn anything into something good in the end."

Among the Facebook comments were many messages of support and congratulations with some people even promising to meet up with the young woman at the festival to buy her a drink.

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"Where is this girl, I want to marry her, legend." said one user.

However, some people aren't so sure it was the wisest decision.  One user pointed out that the decision may have a negative impact on her future employment prospects.

"So many people out there that can't get jobs and she throws hers away for a festival, and posts it all over Facebook for future employers to see. Something not right there."

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