Rainbow Foods fires store manager Scott Ostrom, who was stabbed

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Rainbow Foods in controversy over store manager firing.
Rainbow Foods store manager Scott Ostrom was fired a week after the man who stabbed him was sentenced to prison.

Ostrom had been store director at the Midway Rainbow Foods in St. Paul on May 9 when Russell Terry Johnson stabbed him in the chest because he was angry over a debit card transaction in the self-help lane, according to published reports. His fate was sealed this week when a judge sentenced him to three years in prison.

His victim, Ostrom, was fired a week later while coping with the stabbing.

Ostrom was saved from death by a notebook in his breast pocket and a plastic name badge, according to KSAX.

Ostrom had insisted on returning to work immediately after the stabbing. In a letter to the judge in Johnson's sentencing this Wednesday, Ostrom wrote that he had suffered from anxiety being around loud customers, reports the Star Tribune.

The company let him go over "absenteeism," claiming he had abandoned his job several times by walking out of the store mid-shift. Rainbow Foods contested his unemployment claim, too, though the state rejected their claim and granted Ostrom unemployment, per KSAX.

Roundy's Supermarkets, the parent company of Rainbow Foods, issued a statement saying it had offered him all the counseling it could "but he refused these offers of support."

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John Anklan
John Anklan

Roundy's is a pretty awful company to work for. I worked there for 9 years. Yes there were troubles, but they seem to breeze over the fact that Martin Reyes, or Armando Reyes was out on a felony bail $40,000 all the time I worked for him "he was my store manager." See Star Tribune 07/05/2011 local south, not only a multiple felon, but an illegal alien. The Steve Million, Paula Thorsen, make a pretty crummy HR group. Month's after I was terminated, for a petty reason, I realized they claimed that I had an attendance problem. I never took on sick day in the first eight years of my being employed there. The last store I worked at Arcade, never came in late once, left early once, or miss punched a break. Funny how, they slipped that false fact in. If it were within the realm of comparitive morality, they should send Chairman Bob home until he finds the $800 million that he lost, and sold that worthless paper trying to generate $250 million to help make up for it.JohnA.... And Roundy's know's who I am.

Nick of NE Mpls
Nick of NE Mpls

I am appalled a Rainbow's dismissal of one of its storemanagers!

 

The State of Minnesota's Department of Employment andEconomic Development, a third party, has looked at Rainbow management'sdecision to fire store manager Scott Ostrom as a decision made in error(*).  If Bob Mariano, CEO and chair of Roundy'sBoard of Directors, finds fault with that decision, Mr. Mariano shouldchallenge that decision in the courts rather than his public vilification ofMr. Ostrom(**).

 

Rainbow in disingenuous, as a regular shopper at Rainbow Ihave come to appreciate the extraordinary leadership Mr. Ostrom displays.  His employees who have described to me therespect they have for him.  "Mr.Ostrom is a buffer between the 'boneheaded owners' and us 'the little guys'."  I met Mr. Ostrom when he was the manager ofthe second largest Rainbow / Roundy Stores that Mr Mariano is CEO of.  That store is in northeast Minneapolis, justoff 18th and Johnson St.

 

I knew Mr. Ostrom as the manager who implemented major storechanges for corporate management.  Hekept the store open.  Customers andemployees satisfied while the changes took place.  The store remained a profit center forRainbow.  After this success story, hewas than transferred to the St Paul University Store because of the light railconstruction and its impact on the Midway area. Since his transfer to St Paul, he has been called back from the St PaulUniversity Store for other changes in the Northeast store.  Why? Because of his leadership.

 

If I want a grocery store that is run like a martinet, I'llshop at Aldi's.  But, it's people likeScott that put a human face on the shopping experience; he is respected by theemployees; and, the fact that he stepped into a volatile situation is very muchin character.  He did, I am sure, toprotect his employees.  Scott Ostrom is aman of honor as opposed to the character assassination done by CEO Marian.

 

Scott is someone special; and, needs all the public help hecan get!

 (*)10-6-11; St PualMN Pioneer Press; St. Paul Rainbow Foods manager was stabbed. Then he wasfired. ;http://www.twincities.com/wash...  

(**)10-7-11; St Paul MN Pioneer Press; CEO defends firingRainbow Foods manager who was stabbed by customer; http://www.twincities.com/news...

 

Signed

Nicholas P Heille

3460 Garfield St NE

Minneapolis MN 5541`8

612-789-6527

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Free market at work.   Big corporations will do whatever it takes to try and screw you, even if you take a knife for them.   Its just sad people are so soulless sometimes.  This kind of crap is why we need a strong government that watches out for the common man. the free market just screws people like Scott.  

Jimmyrt
Jimmyrt

rainbow sucks jim walker and paula thorson two douches this employer screwed me a fired me what ever scott was a hard working director glad he got the unemployment

Jaci
Jaci

He was for sure not a shitty employee guys. 

Oscar01
Oscar01

He could have easily been a shitty employee who was bound to get fired sooner or later. Yeah he got stabbed, but that doesnt mean he was good at his job.

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

Wow, what a great company.

Wonder why there's an Occupy Wall St?

Anon.
Anon.

Scott O was a career Grocery man. He is a good person and he was railroaded.  His resume speaks for him. Not a bad worker, but one of the best. From bag boy up to Store manager, he worked his way up to store manager the hard way over 33 years of work in this profession.  Rainbow's loss will be his next employers gain. Loss prevention leader in an inner city store, come on, this was a wrongful firing.

Guy
Guy

so just because the guy got stabbed they should forget that he's a shitty employee? Besides, it doesn't sound like his injuries were very substantial. He wanted to return to work right away after it happened. There are plenty of worthy people who are looking for work, so why should a guy who has several cases of absenteeism on his record get to keep his job while others sit at home?

mnshopper
mnshopper

Ummm...no.  As the employer, they should have made it mandatory that he be on sick leave for a couple of weeks, even if there was no major physical symptoms, there would most certainly be emotional fallout from such a trauma.  Doesn't manner if he wanted to come back or not, as a responsible and compassionate employer they should have required him not to come back too soon.  It's clear it was too soon for him.  And @Guy, why don't you go and get yourself stabbed and see how you respond afterward, you thoughtless and gutless anonymous poster & poser.  Geez, get a heart.

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