Breathe A Little Easier Now

, , , , | Working | November 1, 2018

(It’s the opening shift, and I’m tidying up the checkouts while a coworker potters; there are no customers in store at the moment.)

Coworker: “Oh, my God! [My Name], stop doing that!”

Me: “What?”

Coworker: “Stop it!”

Me: “But I’m not doing anything.”

Coworker: *grunts* “It’s DISGUSTING!” *storms away*

(I’m left totally confused, but I decide to get back to my work and not let it bother me. A few minutes later, the floor manager comes up, with [Coworker] closely behind.)

Manager: “[My Name], [Coworker] says you’ve been bothering her. I know you two don’t get along, but I won’t tolerate harassment.”

Me: “[Manager], I honestly have no idea what I’m doing to bother her, and to be frank, we’ve gotten along perfectly up until now.”

Manager: “[Coworker], what exactly was she doing?”

Coworker: *furiously spitting out* “BREATHING!” *storms away again*

Manager: *pause* “Just… forget I said anything.”

(As store got busier, I called [Coworker] down to the checkout. She didn’t come, and soon I heard an argument from the back of the store, with [Coworker] screaming about how I was “allowed to breathe” when she wasn’t. She was eventually sent home, and her mother called to apologise. According to her, [Coworker] had been out drinking most of the night, and admitted upon getting home that she had taken opiates. Thanks to this incident, we now have random drug and alcohol testing.)

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