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  •  well (0+ / 0-)

    Complainin about wages and conditions i get. Bitchin becuz u working on thanksgiving i do not.

    •  Are you working on Thanksgiving? n/t (3+ / 0-)

      "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

      by rubyr on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 08:12:16 AM PST

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    •  consult dictionary, re: "Holiday" (5+ / 0-)

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 08:26:28 AM PST

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    •  because (18+ / 0-)

      we are non-essential workers. Contrary to what you may think about Wal-mart workers, we work hard, and have extrordinary demands placed on us. Let me tell you about one last night,  I worked the service desk, and during the course of the event,  they sent associates out to do a scrape? You know that shirt you didn't want and just threw on top of the toothpaste in the health and beauty?
      Yeah, um, someone had to go clean that up, bring it back where another person had to sort it and then a third person had to go put it away.  I had six cartloads of stuff just from the people being lazy and not wanting to bring their I don't want this item to the cashier or put it back where it goes. (yeah, and when the line is long for the cashier, they had to go pull one to do returns and clean up after you, so that's one reason why you are waiting 20 minutes in an express lane)  So, my manager says, you need to get your area under control. And I said, right after I balance all four registers because they are being reset in ten minutes?  or when I take care of the melting ice cream that's a slip hazard? or when I wait on the forty customers by myself because you pulled the other service desk person to stand guard over barking toy dogs? when would you like to fit returning merchandise to the shelves?  She looked at me and said, that's a bit disrespectful. I said no, me being here at 5 pm on a holiday because you need a bigger bonus is disrespectful. i tell you what, you tell me what you need, and i will tell you what I can do.

      I am so getting "coached" -written up for that. I don't really care.

      and don't insult me by saying "find another job" there are no other jobs at the moment. Trust me, I look every day.

      •  I'm sorry. (9+ / 0-)

        No one should be treated like that. Shame on them!

      •  When your supervisor gives you an order... (5+ / 0-)

        ...ask, "Is this my top priority? Over balancing the four registers, cleaning up the slip hazard and waiting on the forty customers at c/s?" He can't say, "that's disrespectful" because you're not making a statement, you're only asking for his direction and your order of battle. If he's incautious enough to say so, you respond, "No, I'm not being disrespectful, I'm asking you for direction, what should I do first and what should I do next?" Let him write you up for asking for direction. It's his f***ing job.

        •  yes (3+ / 0-)
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          my temper flared there. I am becoming a problem employee instead of an employee with a problem. Normally, I would be much more, uh.. diplomatic in my response. I think the frustration of low pay, the realization that organizing at my store is a dead end, and being abused by the scheduling. (2:30 am this morning, try to unwind and get a few hours sleep, back at it at 2 pm for another eight hours, and don't tell me that they can't give people permanent stable hours they can) just took their tol last night.  

          Just frustrated. Truth be told, I kind of like my job, I am not going to do it forever, but honestly, I do like it more than I thought I would. I really like the workers I work with. They are without a doubt, the hardest working and in my store, the most pleasant, helpful people I have ever seen. Our NCR Tech(fixes the registers) said once, your store bends over backwards to help customers, it makes me mad.

          Anyway, you are correct, normally I wouldn't be that way, and I would have found or ask for help from my supervisor. Some of the cashiers/maintenance guys think my nametag should be Ms. Bossypants.  Of course, i am always saying it as in , "Maintenance guy, I really need your help, I have 20 people in line, and I really need to get carts in the bay, I can't go push them in, but if you can help me with that, oh gosh I would be so grateful"

    •  shantabaro, shame on you. (8+ / 0-)

      plenty of people choose to work on thanksgiving. But that's a choice and it's usually accompanied by

      - extra wage earnings (like time and a half or double time)


      - no pressure or duress

      these workers were scheduled aren;t getting extra pay and believe that they have little choice except to show up or else be fired.

      at what point do we consider the possibility that these are human beings and afford them simple dignities? here's the irony: when you offer double time for coming in on a holiday, you'd be surprised how many people willingly sign up. But that's not what's happening anymore in far too many places in America. It's  a race to the bottom of the barrel, here, Shanta. And the sooner it's addressed the better.

      For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

      by mdmslle on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 09:24:37 AM PST

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