I am taking the opportunity as I enjoy my extended vacation in the UK to do just that - and came across this story.
A sales assistant at a UK retailer, Blue Banana, was fired recently - via text message - and the manager of the store reasoned this as - "We are a youth business and our staff are all part of the youth culture that uses SMS messaging as a major means of communication"
Ironically the company expects staff to call in by phone if they are sick.
Double standards perhaps?
Whilst the company had a reputation for high turnover and they are appealing to a generation that perhaps places less emphasis on careers and loyalty to one company, job or vocation - does that give them the right to treat anyone less respectfully than they would want to be treated themselves?