Precisely. We were fired for not completing assigned tasks in the time required. Silverspoon questioned the fact that people would actually be fired for this offense "in the real world" and received two "real world" examples of it happening. There were mitigating circumstances in my case, such as the complete lack of any formal training for a difficult job with very rigid guidelines and deadlines. There is also the fact I was only given 4 months to master a job that I had been told repeatedly took a full year to completely learn. But the bottom line is still the fact that I DID have two cases go past the deadline and that WAS grounds for termination. While I can't address the specific incident at McDonald's directly, I did work in a McDonald's myself for 6 years. I don't remember anyone ever being fired at our store for leaving the fries in the vat too long, but McDonald's is another corporation that has very strict Quality Control guidelines and letting the fries (or any food item) cook too long IS a violation of those guidelines, so I can see it happening. I'm glad you mentioned salaried jobs. When I got the job as the Purchasing Manager at the second rural hospital, it was originally a salaried position. At 4:00pm on a Friday afternoon, the administrator came to my office and said "Oh, by the way, we need to have an inventory done by Monday." At first, I just laughed and said "Sure, no problem", but then I realized he was actually serious. I spent 40 of the next 60 hours counting, compiling and calculating all the physical inventory items in our stockrooms and handed him the completed list by 8:00am Monday morning. It was NOT a fun weekend by any means, but if I had NOT gotten it done, it is a safe bet I would have been fired. (The same administrator did fire me on a bogus allegation 5 years later and, looking back, I think the last-minute inventory was an earlier attempt designed to set me up to fail so he could, but it didn't work). So, again, even as a salaried employee, there ARE times when you CAN be fired for not completing an assigned task on time. Yes, the "real world" examples were people failing to complete tasks that were expected to be completed during business hours. (I also provided an example of being asked to complete a huge project outside normal business hours). ALL of these examples are the same thing we are asking students to do - complete assigned tasks on time! I give students at least 15 minutes of class time to work on the assignment for that day. IF they use that time, they should have to do no more than 15 more minutes (at the most) at home. Almost every teacher here DOES give homework (at least at the middle and high school level), but the students are given adequate time to complete that work. I'm not asking them to do a 20-page research paper in 3-5 days (complete with rough draft, formal outline, footnotes, etc). No. In my case, I'm asking them to do an average of 12 math problems a day, most of which CAN be finished (or nearly finished) in the time provided during class. If a student STILL doesn't do their work after these accommodations, then (s)he has earned some deductions on the work when (or IF) they finally do turn it in. While all jobs may NOT have strict deadlines that must be met, almost EVERY job DOES consider punctuality, work effort and ability to meet deadlines as part of their employee evaluations. So the sooner kids learn it IS important to do assigned tasks on time, the better off they are going to be down the road.