Employees at San Francisco Station 49 has received a cease and desist order that prevents them from discussing the identity of the anonymous complainer that led to their station cat Edna’s eviction on Monday.
The order was issued Thursday by Mark Gonzales, deputy chief of operations of the San Francisco Fire Department. The order reads in part:
“The San Francisco Fire Department received a report alleging that Station 49 Personnel are openly speculating while on duty about the possible identity of the anonymous complainant that resulted in the removal of the cat from the workplace.
Effective immediately, I hereby order all Station 49 Personnel to cease and desist from any communication regarding the identity of the anonymous complainant while at work or using SFFD-issued devices or email accounts on or off-duty, or from engaging in any on or off-duty conduct that may violate any of the CCSF’s laws and policies regarding anonymous complaints. Conduct of this nature includes, but is not limited to, rumormongering and mistreatment of co-workers.”
The San Francisco Gate, who reported the story Friday, interviewed Gonzales who said:
“I know it’s an emotional thing; we understand that we’re not inhumane, but we have rules, and if we knew about the cat ahead of time, this maybe could have been taken care of better. We don’t want [employees] doing anything on or off-duty that will get them in trouble.”
Any employee who refuses to sign the cease-and-desist order may be disciplined, including employment termination. This includes social media, which could put a hamper on Edna’s Instagram account.
An anonymous source says people are terrified about being terminated.
The powers that be are still repeating:
“This facility is the Department’s Ambulance Deployment Facility. Within this facility is Department Logistics, where medical supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals used by ambulance staff to provide crucial life-saving emergency health care are housed.”
If this is the case, doesn’t every fire station have some kind of medical supply area? Yet other fire stations have cats and dogs at their station. It would appear Edna is being singled out for some reason.
Makes a person wonder whether the anonymous complainer has a gripe with fellow employees. What do the readers think? Please sound off in the comment section. As for calling that person out, KARMA has a way of catching up with people.
To view the PDF of the cease-and-desist order click here.
More recent articles on Edna can be found below.