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Shantaisha Lee WilliamsTurnip Plaza Hotel CaseUniversity of Maryland Global Campus
Introduction:Mark Piper was employed as a tour guide at Turnip Plaza Hotel in Port Austin, Michigan.Mark was becoming one of the most skillful tour guides in Michigan. Mark Piper was one of the best in Michigan that he was approached by the manager of the Huron Overnight Inn, a rival company of Turnip Plaza, about a position with their company. Stacey Nguyen, Huron OvernightInn manager, offered Mark Piper a significant salary increase to leave Turnip Plaza to work for her company. While Mark Piper began to contemplate if he had made the right decision, he askedfor advice from his colleagues. After his current supervisor at Turnip Plaza, Edward Griffin, found out about the new offer he gave him a counteroffer to stay with Turnip Plaza. The new offer presented to Mark Piper was better than the one Stacey offered him, so he took the offer with Turnip Plaza. Shortly before Mark Piper was to begin his new contract Turnip Plaza terminated him because of corporate restructuring due to concerns about the increased liability risks of managing high adventure tours through Colossal's hotels.What legal theories might Mark use to try to legally enforce Edward's promise?Edward Griffin, a manager at Turnip Plaza, promised Mark Piper a promotion and a two-year guaranteed contract. In this case Edward Griffin would be the agent and Turnip Plaza wouldbe the principal. According to UMGC Agency and Liability, the principal is to be held liable for the actions of the agent (Agency and Liability, n.d.) Edward is an acting agent of Turnip Plaza. A contract is an exchange of promises, an enforceable agreement between parties, in which Mark and Edward had established. A contract does not always have to be written agreement; it can often times be just a verbal agreement. In order for any contract, written or verbal, to be valid it
would have to include the four basic agreements, offer, acceptance, consideration, and intention to create legal relations. After Edward heard about the offer Mark received from Stacey, he madehim a better offer for Mark to stay with Turnip Plaza instead, in this situation a verbal promise and offer was made. Mark then accepted the offer made by Edward. Consideration states that a person cannot enforce a promise unless he has given or promised something in return (Back to Basics, 2017). Within this verbal agreement Mark can enforce the promise because he accepted