Where there's smoke, don't attempt to make fire … well in small German IT firms anyway.
According to Reuters, the owner of a 10-man computer company in Buesum, Germany has fired three non-smoking employees after they threatened disruptions if he didn't provide them with a smoke-free office.
The IT entrepreneur, identified only as Thomas J, apparently gave the agitating trio their marching orders quicker than schoolboys caught puffing behind the bicycle shed.
"I can't be bothered with trouble-makers," Thomas was quoted saying. "We're on the phone all the time and it's just easier to work while smoking. Everyone picks on smokers these days. It's time for revenge. I'm only going to hire smokers from now on."
Germany introduced non-smoking rules in pubs and restaurants on 1 January, but Germans working in small offices are still allowed to smoke.