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What would you do? Jennocide. 2 kids; Louisiana 602 posts
10th Dec '13

Okay, so I like my job. I don't LOVE it, but it's tolerable. Or should I say it WAS tolerable. I have decent benefits, and I make good money. Recently because of the crappy management we can't keep anyone working. So we are completely smashed due to being shorthanded. It's myself, the "assistant manager" and this older lady who's been there for 100 years. The store manager is the most unprofessional individual I have ever had the unfortunate pleasure of meeting. She refuses to put in extra hours, even though we are under staffed and over budget. And she allows the "assistant manager" to basically walk all over everyone else.


The "assistant manager" is a bible thumping, hypocritical, phoney ass, holier than thou' "christian" She basically thinks that she runs the place, and everyone should bow down to her. In the last 4 months I've been pulling 50,60 and even 70 hours a week. My hours range from 10 to 12 hours a day. The doubling back. Tonight I have to work 9pm until 6:30am, then I have to run around and be BACK up there at 12 noon! Does the assistant manager have to do this? NO. She gets off when she wants, she works the shifts she wants, and she does absolutely NO work. I've come in to work several times to see that NOTHING has been done. So who is left picking up the slack? Me.



I was supposed to be off Sunday to take my children to a Christmas Event. (I'd requested this day) and was told I had to come in from 4pm-6pm because the Assistant Manager refused to work 12 hours on Sunday and miss church. She'd literally cursed out the Store Manager and instead of getting in trouble like anyone else would have, she GOT HER WAY!!! And I had to come in on my day off!


This is all just the tip of the iceberg. When our store manager was on vacation there was a day I'd worked like 10 hours of my 12 hr shift. I wasn't feeling well, and called another employee to see if I'd gotten the OK would he come in early and cover my last two hours so I could go home and rest. He agreed. When I called the Assistant Manager to ask about it, she didn't answer. She then proceeded to text (professional, right?) another employee who was there why someone was calling her. The other employee told her why and she responded "No, it is not alright"
I was like ok, whatever. Finished my shift. Then the next day, I find out the assistant manager had the same individual cover her shift so she could leave early for "Church" ?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!

It has been an ongoing thing with this person, and the Store Manager who refuses to take disciplinary action against her. No write ups, no meetings, nothing. Nothing changes, and now it's effecting the entire store. Everyone has said something and nothing gets done to better the situation.


So my question is what would you do? Because although I need my job, I am very close to calling the big boss at corporate because I find it RIDICULOUS that I am basically running this store on my shoulders while they do as they please. There is no reason I should be the only one covering graveyard shifts because the assistant managers "boyfriend" doesn't want her working overnight. Regardless that I have a family at home. There is no reason that after working this graveyard I am being scheduled to come in 5-6 hours after getting off of a 12 hr overnight shift to come back and work a 10 hour shift.


I am at my breaking point, honestly. I need some insight as to what I should do? Because if something isn't done I am scared I will fly off the handle and irrationally just walk out.

[[Breezy]] 1 child; Savannah, Georgia 15608 posts
status 10th Dec '13

Wow. I would have already been talking to corporate about this shit. I'm surprised you've maintained your composure so well for so long. I want to say just up and quit with no notice, and then stake out outside of the store to see them suffer. 38 But that's not rational. Call corporate first thing tomorrow, and DO NOT do anymore favors until you've talked to them.

tt Due March 30; 3 kids; GO BIG BLUE!!!, KY, United States 2705 posts
10th Dec '13

Wow that sucks. If you are in the financial situation to leave, then I would do so. But if you would be strapped without your income, I would stay long enough to save up some of that extra money you get for overtime in case you do fly off the handle and look for a new job pronto. In this case, if I had a promising interview, I would call off sick to make it. They obviously don't care about you. The other option is to call corporate and have possibly have things changed, but I think thats a big risk. Just as much a chance that they'll do nothing.

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 16584 posts
status 10th Dec '13

Don't call corporate if you need the job.

jgnmelissa 3 kids; Middle of Nowhere, IA, United States 2251 posts
10th Dec '13

Just be careful if you do call corporate. They may not look too highly on a "snitch" plus chances are they will talk to the store manager who will deny it and make something up. You may need proof before calling corp. Ik if it were me, I would probably call corp but I'm just saying be careful what you say and do with them.

Little Monster Mummy 30+ 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Tyngsboro, MA, United States 1926 posts
10th Dec '13

Take pictures, of things not being done etc...get as much proof as you can BEFORE you call corporate...speak with anyone else who isn't happy with how the store is being run and see if they will help back up your claims...THEN call corporate...what your "managers" are doing is definitely unacceptable.

[[Breezy]] 1 child; Savannah, Georgia 15608 posts
status 10th Dec '13

Quoting jgnmelissa:
Just be careful if you do call corporate. They may not look too highly on a "snitch" plus chances are they will talk to the store manager who will deny it and make something up. You may need proof before calling corp. Ik if it were me, I would probably call corp but I'm just saying be careful what you say and do with them.



That's true too. As fucked as it is, corporate office managers usually are just as twisted as their general and assistant store managers.

Megan 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Prince Frederick, Maryland 2550 posts
10th Dec '13

Holy shit. That was like reading my own life.

Jennocide. 2 kids; Louisiana 602 posts
10th Dec '13

I have taken pictures (all saved on my phone) of work not being done. I have statements, facebook conversations, and text message from 3 other employees, I have copies of the schedule as proof of course, and I even have a customer who was in the store when the assistant manager cursed out the manager over the schedule. I've done everything I can to cover all my bases before I make any major decisions. Another employee said if I don't call corporate she will. Her and I are the main ones pulling these crazy hours. We are all emotionally and physically drained. I've only been at this place going on 7 months, the others complaining have been there2-3 years and have told me that this is how it's always been but no one has been brave enough to stand up and say something in fear of losing their job.

I plan on quitting anyway, I have been looking into other positions elsewhere but I don't want to leave without having a backup plan. Although I am not the sole bread winner, my income is what pays majority of the bills, rent, etc. Hubby is more of the "housewife" since he returned home from Iraq and retired from the Army. So just quitting although it sounds soooooo tempting is just not a smart move for me right now.


I want something to be done though, that way I can at least deal until I am able to find something else, and also for anyone else who may be employed with this company because no one deserves this in their workplace.

Karev 1 child; 1 angel baby; Cornfieldopolis, IN, United States 2877 posts
status 10th Dec '13

Look into your labor laws. Here you have to have at least 8 hours between shifts, by law. If you have laws like that, then I would be saving time slips as proof and speaking to OSHA about it. They can get into a lot of trouble if they don't follow proper labor laws. And like the PP said, I wouldn't call corporate unless you had solid proof these things were going on. They're liable to side with the store manager and then you may get screwed over and lose your job.

Jennocide. 2 kids; Louisiana 602 posts
10th Dec '13

Quoting Megan:
Holy shit. That was like reading my own life.



It blows. Specially since in general I like my job, love my customers. And I am usually an all around easy person to get along with. Do your job, I'll do mine. We work together as a team, and make it easier for each other. But these people are just ridiculous.

Jennocide. 2 kids; Louisiana 602 posts
10th Dec '13

Quoting Evil Spawn:
Look into your labor laws. Here you have to have at least 8 hours between shifts, by law. If you have laws like that, then I would be saving time slips as proof and speaking to OSHA about it. They can get into a lot of trouble if they don't follow proper labor laws. And like the PP said, I wouldn't call corporate unless you had solid proof these things were going on. They're liable to side with the store manager and then you may get screwed over and lose your job.



Here in Louisiana (from what I've seen online) is that as an employee you basically have to work whatever you're scheduled to work. I am still in the process of digging deeper into the labor laws here but thats what I've found so far.

♥Love♥ {5 weeks} Due August 16; 2 angel babies; California 6663 posts
10th Dec '13

I would start applying for other jobs ASAP.

Megan 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Prince Frederick, Maryland 2550 posts
11th Dec '13

That's exactly how I feel every single day. My co-workers are related to my boss so for the longest time I wouldn't say anything about them. Not so long ago I got fed up and told my boss how useless they are and how if it didn't change, I'd be leaving. In my case I'm the only one who knows how to run the place so he can't afford me leaving unless he wants to shut his business down.

user banned Bali, Indonesia 44181 posts
11th Dec '13

Put your foot down and say no. They can't fire you for maintaining your boundaries.