Bizarre HR of 2011

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No soup for you! (Or benefits, either)

An Iowa woman was denied unemployment in August after being fired for taking soup out of the dumpster of her workplace, Casey's General Store. Pamela Tompkins-Kutcher took the abandoned, two-day old soup home (valued at $10) to feed her dog. The store fired her because of a rule that employees aren't allowed to take company property from the store without paying for it—including waste. After a lengthy court battled, the Appeals Court upheld the decision to withhold benefits.