Jane Grote Abell

October 15, 2013 by  

Jane Grote Abell, Workers are also human beings and so need to unwind at some point during their day. There are of course infinite ways to blow off steam in 2013, and increasingly, turning to marijuana is becoming an acceptable option in the U.S.; last year saw the complete legalization of marijuana in the states of Colorado and Washington. Smoking up, however, is still not as innocuous an option as having a cup of coffee. And Donatos pizza delivery driver Aaron learned this the hard way on the most recent episode of “Undercover Boss.”

As can be seen in the video above, Aaron thought he was confiding about his hobby in a woman named, “Cathy Cooper,” who said she was shadowing him as part of her appearance on a second chances reality show in the hope of opening her own restaurant. That was not the case. He was in fact being followed around by Jane Grote Abell, the owner and chairman of the board of Donatos Pizza, the Ohio-based pizza chain that grosses around $170 million a year.

Indulgent and industrious
“A lot of people smoke pot and they will, like, invite me to go in for a little bit and I’ll kind of indulge,” he casually told her while working his delivery route. The announcement shouldn’t have come as a complete shock — Aaron makes deliveries on the campus of the Ohio State University, and undergrads are famous for their cannabis proclivities. The news also didn’t seem to be the confession of a complete burnout — Aaron had already demonstrated a tireless work ethic on the job, actually running to make his deliveries, even making sure to call customers by their name, as is company policy.

In fact, Aaron was the “perfect picture of what a delivery driver” should be, Abell told the camera shortly before she found out about his other special deliveries. Upon hearing the news, Abell was both distraught and torn. She said she didn’t know what to do. But during the reveal, she made it clear she had no choice. “When you told me when you smoked pot on the job, I’ve never been so angry in my life,” she told him, citing the illegality and potential risk he was posing on the job. “You know, I have to let you go as a delivery driver,” she said.

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