Employee: Where's Burt?

Boss: Unfortunately he wasn't as dedicated as I expect from someone working for this company, so I fired him. Let that be a reminder to the rest of you.


  1. Does the highlighted part make perfect sense here and is it natural?

  2. Can it stand on its own without adding something to it like... "Let that be a reminder to the rest of you that if you're not dedicated then..."?

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I would prefer, "Let that be a warning to the rest of you." The use of "reminder" suggests that the boss has done this or something similar before. Of course that is possible: maybe the boss has done this before.

Of course it might be a reminder of something the boss said in the past, e.g. "I will fire slackers".

  • Could it not be that the boss wants his other employees to remember in the future the fact that he has just fired one of them?
    – fev
    Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 18:43
  • @fev - I understand your point and I know what you mean. However, in that case, I personally expect, "Let that be a future reminder to work hard." or similar. That's what the OP is asking about. Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 18:57

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