Angry For Two

, , , , , , | Working | July 27, 2018

(I’m towards the end of a ten-hour shift, working in shipping/receiving, doing the intake and prep of all the Christmas/Holiday merchandise that is getting ready to go out that night. The store is already short-handed, two people quit this morning, and the new kid they have me working with is complaining the entire time he’s there that he doesn’t want to be there. I’m also currently six months pregnant and haven’t been allowed to sit down for other than my lunch break. I’m tired from being pregnant, as well from working essentially everyone else’s job in the store, and am counting down the minutes until my shift is over. That’s when my manager sticks his head around the corner.)

Manager: “I was wondering if it would be possible for the two of you to stay later tonight to help get all of this done.”

(I stab the box I’m working on with my box knife and turn my gaze to my manager, probably giving him the worst death glare ever.)

Manager: *a little scared* “Uh… Are you okay, [My Name]?”

(Most people know me as a kind individual, who is courteous and polite, and doesn’t raise her voice, even when pissed off. However, the pregnancy hormones and the fact I’m exhausted get the better of me and I start shouting. It should also be noted that we only get a 30-minute lunch for every six hours worked, so breaks at this place are non-existent.)

Me: “FINE! I’ll stay! But only for another hour. And I’m going to go sit down for fifteen minutes because I’m pregnant. And you’re not going to stop me!”

(I storm off to the break room and plop on one of the folding chairs, propping my swollen feet up on another. Five minutes later, the same manager peeks his head in.)

Manager: “Is it safe to come in?”

Me: “Look, I’m really sorry.”

(He comes in and places a candy bar and a bottle of water in front of me.)

Manager: “It’s okay. With all the work you do around here, and how you even sometimes run circles around your younger coworkers, I forget that you’re pregnant. Take your break, finish the stack you were working on, and go home. Oh, and you may want to say something to [Coworker] before you go. He asked me not to let the scary, pregnant lady come back.”

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