A Vehicle By Which You’re Disciplined

, , , , | Working | June 8, 2019

(My roommate has been having car trouble, so I let her borrow mine. I take the day to catch up on housework and TV shows. Unfortunately, this plan is short lived. One of my upper managers starts texting me around ten am.)

Manager: “Hey, we need you to work from 11:00 to 8:00.”

Me: “Sorry, I don’t have a car today. [Roommate] is borrowing it. Is there anyone else who can cover?”

Manager: “No one else is answering. Can you come in?”

Me: “Sorry, I don’t have a car.”

Manager: “Call a taxi or Uber or something, then. [Coworker] called out and we need you to come in.”

Me: “There are no taxis in this area and most Uber drivers aren’t willing to come out here without extra compensation.”

Manager: “Please? We really need coverage.”

Me: “Is [Company] going to cover my costs?”

Manager: “[Company] is not responsible for your transportation to and from work.”

Me: “Then no, I will not be in.”

(The next time I went to work, I was written up for insubordination. I called corporate to fight it and since the manager texted me instead of calling, I had no problem proving that I was in the right and the write-up was removed.)

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