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I figured I would post this for everyone to see, since the nov/dec thread is getting crowded and this is so long. (I'm 26 weeks, btw)<br><br>
I hate my job! I talked with my manager today, (a mother of 3), and I told her that I was having a hard time standing in one spot, and that I would like to stay off the register as much as possible, b/c my feet swell, my hips ache, and my lower back kills me. i told her that my MW suggested limiting my standing to 10 minutes at a time. She said she would need a note from the MW for that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> but she said she would try to work with me on it as best she could. "Since we have so many ppl here today, you probably won't be on the register that much." she said.<br><br>
Ok, so you guys know how this store works, I work on the sales floor in the Junior/Plus/children's dept.s I only go to the register to help out if the cashier gets swamped, or to relieve the cashier for lunch or something. I am also a code2 cashier, which is a person who can do refunds. the only other code2's there today were the managers and the cashier. There were clearance markdowns in my depts today, so I had more than my fair share of work to do today anyway.<br><br>
SO~~the cashier calls for help, no one goes to help her. then she calls ME by name, and I go up there. I told her I can't be up there for a long time, please call someone else next time. almost every time she needed help, she called me by name. I asked her why, and she said b/c the manager told her to!!! the same one I talked to earlier about taking it easy.<br><br>
OH WAIT! it doesn't end there! Oh no!! So the cashier has to leave early (at 3pm) or she will get overtime, (and we just can't have that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: ), so she calls me up there again to relieve her. Mind you, I have not had all my breaks yet. I was due one more 15 minute break. I was *supposed* to get off at 5pm, and I was going to take this break at 3~~well, she called me up there about 2:40 so she could try to get off afew minutes early. The next cashier is not scheduled to come in til 4. So that means I would be stuck on the register b/c I am the only code2 til the next cashier gets there. And by this time, it is slow, so I'm just standing there idle between customers, on the thin rubber mat covering the hard tile floor. We are not allowed to lean on anything b/c they say the customers will think we are lazy.<br><br>
at 3:30, the night cashier calls to say that she is ill and can't come in to work. I only wish I could record her pathetic attempt to sound sick so i could play it for you. I begged another person to cover the registers for me so I could go to the bathroom at 4pm. On the way out of the bathroom, the manager saw me and asked why I wasn't on the register. I told her I had to pee. then she said that she called the night cashier back and told her to be here, or she wouldn't work here anymore. the night cashier said she would now be in at 5pm. I asked if i had to stay on the register, and she looked annoyed and said "uh, yeah." with a tone like she was saying, "duh." I reminded her of our earlier conversation, and she said, "oh, it won't be that much longer. I just need you up there til 5." So, crying, I went back up to the register. My feet were swollen in my shoes, my legs were going numb, my back was so sore. I was upset and angry. but i was very nice to the customers.<br><br>
At 4:30 i happened to see a folding chair sitting by the door that they used for a sidewalk sale yesterday, and I went and grabbed it and sat down between customers. Right after that, the manager walked by (out the door on her way home) and said I was doing a great job and she would reward me later for my work. I thought, "yeah right, b!tch." the night manager came and talked to me to try to calm me down cuz i was crying again and she didn't want customers to see me. I told her how i felt and she sympathized.<br><br>
At 5:15, the night cashier had not shown up yet, so i asked the night manager if i could go. she said yes, and I clocked out at 5:20. I had been on the register for 2hours40minutes straight, by order of the manager who I had just told earlier that day that i can't stand in one spot for more than 10 minutes. and I was cheated out of my last break.<br><br>
I'm so upset. I called my mom and DP about it, and mom said I should go to the MW tomorrow before I go to work and get a note so they can't do this to me again. Even my *fingers* are swollen! I can't get my rings off!! it just makes me feel like they are pushing me to quit. I don't know why they would, I do everything they ask of me, I work way harder than alot of the other ppl there, and I just don't understand why they treat me this way. especially being pregnant.<br><br>
It's days like this that make me want to quit. I really do. But I feel like if i quit, then they win. but if I stay and do all the work for them, they look good and they win again! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"><br><br>
I'm sorry so long. as you can see I had a long bad day. and if you made it through this whole post, you are all angels and you get gold stars!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Oh Christy - <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> you poor thing! It sounds like a horrible place to be right now. Listening -or reading rather - about how horrible they have been to you during this pregnancy really makes me thankful I don't work. I don't know how you take it, I'd tell them just where they could go. I would do as your mom suggested and stop by the MW tomorrow and get that note, that gives you a good reason to stay off the registers and if they have a problem with that, too flippin bad. They are putting your health and that of your baby in danger. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I hope tomorrow is better for you darlin'
 

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I'm sorry! What an awful day and a mean boss. I hope you can get a note from your MW and that they will actually respect it keep you off the register. The people who work hard are always the ones abused while those who show up late and don't do any work never seem to get it bad. Not fair! You deserve a big bowl of ice cream and a warm bath!!!
 

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They don't win. They lose a good person who does her job because they need to push and push and push.<br>
And that stupid manager would proly end up with half your work load.....That's a nice thought.<br>
You really should get that letter and shove it up her a&s. Or even better, you could call in sick directly to her and tell her that you don't feel well(which is true) because she stuck you on the register standing for to long.<br>
I hope someday you can tell her how you really feel about her!<br>
Good luck tomorrow and I hope you feel better soon.
 

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I'm so sorry you have to work with such people.<br><br>
Have you looked into disability early? Here in CA I do belive you can get off up to 4 months before baby is born! Ask your midwife!!!!!!<br><br>
take care sweetie!
 

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thanks everyone. I am just so frustrated with this job. I'm talking to DP when he gets home about quitting early. I had decided not to go back after baby is born, but DP is so worried about money. I dont' know what we are going to do.<br><br>
It's just so hard. They were jerks before, but its just so much worse now. And another thing about quitting, If i do quit, I'll be leaving another pg woman (about 8 weeks) to pick up some (if not all) of my work load.<br><br>
I just don't get why they act this way. There's no respect at all.<br><br>
and they will all know how i feel the day i quit! LOL!!!
 

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Reading stuff like that just makes my blood boil. Especially the cashier who called you up at 2:40 so she could leave a little early. Sheesh! I'd tell her I was going to take my break and would relieve her at 2:55. It really isn't fair to not only not give you and easy time of it like promised, but to cheat you out of your breaks.<br><br>
I remember when my sister was working at 7-11 and was pregnant with her sixth. She was scheduled for her induction on her due date, but gave her last day of work about 4 days before that, a Friday I think. The manager actually gave her a hard time about it. She expected her to work the Monday before her Tuesday induction. People just have no respect.
 

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What a horrible place to work! Ya know, this sounds like pregnancy harrasment to me.<br>
I wish I lived near you, so I could go into your store and as a concerned "customer" chew your manager out for having a pregnant woman on her feet for such a long time. In fact, as a public service, I think that this week I will make a visit to all of the stores around here patrolling for preggo retail woman in distress, and become irate on their behalf to the management. I mean be human people, give the ladies a stool to rest on.
 

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Can you transfer to a different dept, maybe customer service "in the back"....something in "operations" where you will have more time sitting.<br><br>
The longest 14 weeks of your pregnancy is on its way, and with the holidays coming i seriously doubt you will be standing for only 10 minutes at a time. (i worked retail!). I feel so bad that you are exhausted, aching, swollen and in pain, but working the floor in retail does not offer many opportunities to take it easy.<br><br>
Transfer or quit. maybe your husband can get a second job?
 

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Christy1980 - i sent my reply to your job rant to the wrong thread...: (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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Well, i called the MW and got a note saying I can only stand for 30 minute intervals, 30 standing, 30 walking, then 30 standing again. And she told me that if my boss gives me any more grief about it or tries to cut hours or let me go, to let her know b/c there are laws here to protect me from that sort of thing.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"> you should've seen the look on her face when i gave her that note! it was like shocked annoyance. Then she asked me to explain it to her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: She took it to mean I could only work 30 mins a day! i explained that walking is fine, standing still is ok for 30 mins at a time.<br><br>
After that, she was really nice to me. Asking me about my shower and such. She even told me I could come in a little later today since she had me closing, then turning aroud and opening.<br><br>
anyway, i gotta go but I'll write more later.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana">i love sticking it to those ppl!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana">
 
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