Tim Hill appears to have a grip on his new routine as a UPS supply man now that he’s been on the job a few week.
“I think I’m on day five or six as a seasonal personal vehicle driver for UPS,” Hill stated Tuesday night after he acquired house from work. “I think that’s what they call it. You just have to drive your own car around and deliver UPS packages. It’s going well. I am happy to have a job and to make sure the family is good for a little while.”
The Hill household — spouse Teresa and three boys — didn’t precisely understand how the vacations had been going to go for just a few weeks there as a result of Tim was unemployed after he acquired fired for trigger from his job as this system director and morning drive present host at 107.5 The Game in Columbia, South Carolina.
The trigger Cumulus Media, which owns the radio station and several other hundred prefer it across the nation, cited for firing Hill?
He declined to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
And that ran afoul of the corporate’s vaccine mandate.
“Not only did I get fired from Cumulus for not following their COVID vaccine mandate, but I was fired with cause,” Hill stated. “So that meant no unemployment, no severance, nothing, zip, zilch.”
After 5 years on the air and with a contract in full impact, Hill broadcast his last present on October 15 — however solely after he agreed, on the station’s request, to not point out on air he was being fired and why.
“Afterward, I sobbed in my garage where I had done my show the last 18 months,” Hill stated. “In my storage, I simply sobbed like a child for 10-Quarter-hour.
“It just smashed me. I didn’t see that coming. I feel fortunate I wasn’t allowed to talk about it on the air because I never would’ve gotten through it.”
This is the place the cynics and trolls would usually chime in with scorching takes about Hill merely paying a worth for his resolution — one they don’t agree with, by the way in which — and that’s simply the way in which it goes.
Hill, who made his dwelling talking to of us throughout a complete state, want to speak to you now:
“I strongly disagree with that mindset,” he stated. “I need to be very clear in all of this: I’m not an enormous political man. I’m not an enormous, ‘Hey, let me tell you what my opinion is and how I think you should live your life.’ And I’d be the final individual to inform a enterprise how you can run its enterprise. But all of us perceive on this nation, it’s important to abide by sure protocols, sure absolutes. And to me that is one which has crossed the road.
“You can’t force others to make the personal medical decision you want them to make. I can read between the lines. I’m not a dummy. It was very clear what was going to be acceptable and what was not going to be acceptable. There was no conversation, and to me, that’s unacceptable when it comes to my personal medical choices.”
Some of the social media response was predictably unsympathetic to Hill’s firing as a result of that small realm is simply too involved with firing darts to really feel sympathy.
But let’s be clear: Losing one’s job is usually a numbing expertise that impacts a complete household.
“We talked to my kids about it before. We felt like that was the responsible thing to do,” Hill stated. “I have an 8-year-old, a 6-year-old and a 1-year-old, all boys. The 6-year-old very perceptively asked, ‘How do you feel about this?’ And I told him I had mixed emotions but was proud that I was standing up for what I believe in. And the 8-year-old, you can tell he was really thinking about it asked, ‘Daddy, how can they boss you to do that?”
“I said, ‘Good question, buddy. But they can’t.’”
Hill says he’s unsure about his authorized recourse however is exploring all of his choices.
“About a week left before I got fired, my wife asked me if I felt brave,” Hill stated. “And I advised her I didn’t really feel courageous. I didn’t assume this was a courageous factor to do. I simply felt not weak, like I wasn’t going to be bullied.
“My wife and I are raising three boys right now, and I wasn’t going to be able to look them in the eye if I was bullied into getting a vaccine that I did not agree with, did not feel ready for, wasn’t prepared to get, wasn’t going to choose voluntarily.”
Out of a job as a result of somebody needed him to inject one thing into his physique he merely didn’t need in there, Hill had loads of time to think about and even remorse his resolution after that fateful last present.
But regardless of the repercussions, he’s not being moved by tough circumstances.
“Absolutely no regrets in any of this,” Hill stated. “I fully really feel I’m on this scenario for a purpose. I’m undecided what that purpose is, however I completely know I’d be full of remorse, had I made the alternative resolution. I’d have felt bullied and weak and a horrible instance of a father, a husband, and a person.
“I’m not making an attempt to return off as a sufferer right here. I perceive my place in all of this. There are so many others which have gone by this precise scenario from an expert standpoint and there are such a lot of others which have gone by a lot worse from a medical standpoint. COVID’s been terrible. One of my greatest buddy’s dad died from COVID.
“I referred to as him earlier than this information went public out of respect to him and our relationship as a result of I didn’t need it to be one thing he hated me for. And he responded on Twitter, put it on the market, saying he 100% disagrees with my alternative, however he 100% agrees with the proper for me to make the selection.
“I’m not trying to play the victim card. I’m not trying to be a martyr. I’m just trying to stand up for what I think is right. And I continue to speak about it in the hope others out there who are in a similar situation will do what they feel is right — whatever that is — not bowing down to outside pressure, especially corporate pressure.”
It ought to be stated that for practically three months, from August to October, Hill fought to maintain his job.
Hill sought each medical and spiritual exemptions that took weeks to doc and that Cumulus summarily denied “after full consideration” inside 24 hours of the ultimate request being submitted.
And so morning drive in Columbia is completely different now. And Hill’s every day task is completely different — no less than till January 15, when the seasonal job he’s holding disappears.
“Today it was a storage unit,” Hill stated. “Pick up the packages, drop them off, come again to the storage unit, choose up some extra, go drop these off, and that’s the day. There’s a warehouse close by that I’ll go by and a few days it’ll be that and a few days it’s a storage unit form of deal.
“It offers me numerous time to organize how I would like issues transferring ahead. I’m not an excessive amount of into the rear view factor. I suppose I may get bitter. But I’m actually an ‘everything happens for a reason’ form of man. And that’s been my mindset this complete course of.
“If [a vaccine mandate] is where Cumulus chose to go, I knew I had to go in a different direction.”
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