Big cleaning projects are important not just for homeowners who want to clear space in their basement or finally make room for the car in their garage. It is also smart for office managers and business owners who want to keep their workplace organized and productive. While tasks like dusting, vacuuming, and recycling old papers are essential for a thorough cleaning, kissing is not usually a necessary chore.
However, for U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, that might have been the case.
The Republican from Louisiana has been receiving criticism after a video of him smooching a former staffer, 33-year-old Melissa Peacock, who has resigned since the incident.
According to The Washington Post, McAllister’s campaign paid Peacock $300 as “reimbursement for headquarter cleaning” back in November. Not shockingly, most office cleaning companies don’t include kissing politicians in their service list.
McAllister, who garnered support from the “Duck Dynasty” stars before winning his position, offered an apology. He admitted that he has “fallen short” and said, “I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed.”
For now, there will not be any disciplinary action. “We won’t terminate or discipline any employee until after our internal investigation of the security breach is complete,” said Adam Terry, McAllister’s chief of staff.
As of now, despite the fact that both Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere have called for his resignation, McAllister has no plans to do so. He has, however, cancelled some of his public appearances.
The woman who leaked the surveillance video, Leah Gordon, submitted her resignation earlier this week. Terry emphasized that she was not fired. “(Gordon) resigned on her own,” he said.
Workers tend to be more productive in clean and comfortable offices, which means spring cleaning tasks are a must for many businesses. However, prudent owners, like politicians, should try to avoid kissing their cleaners.
“To me, the employees make up the company,” explains Cory Waltemath, owner of Desert Oasis Cleaners. “My company is only as good as my employees. When they’re out on the field, they’re carrying the flag for my company. If we want to continue to do business, we have to exude professionalism at all times.”