If you've ever had to stay home from work with a cold or a stomach upset and then had to scramble for a doctor's note, this Reddit post will strike a chord. There is no medical test for the small illnesses that waylay us and usually the best cure is a day in bed.
But office requires a doctor's endorsement and you can only hope that the doctor believes you and writes a letter excusing you from work.
So, when a Reddit user shared a letter his friend, a Pizza Hut employee, got from a doctor saying, 'my friends work requires a doctor's note if you call in sick,' a lot of people instantly related to it.
In the letter, the doctor asks the company to stop wasting his time and the patient's.
The letter says:
"To Whom it may concern; **** has had, by their own report, a cold today and sensibly stayed hom from work rather than spreading this to his colleagues/customers. I have no test for the common cold and therefore believe him/her, however, you feel his time and mine should be wasted by making him sit in the walk in clinic for hours and me spending time writing a sick note that I could be spending on people who genuinely need attention.
Please reconsider your policy on this-there are surely better ways of wasting your tax dollars."
The Reddit thread has gone viral with 4344 comments at the time of writing this.
On the thread, people are sharing their experiences with their companies and their bosses regarding 'sick leaves':