Calling Out The Manager For Calling Out

| Working | July 14, 2017

(My father has a rather bad attack of diverticulitis (intestinal problems) and has to go to the hospital. I am worried and make the hour drive to my hometown after work to see him. Since I have the next day off, I stay there, and I make the following phone call more than 24 hours in advance of when I am supposed to work again. I am not in the habit of calling off for frivolous things.)

Me: “Hi, [Manager], it’s [My Name]. My dad had to go to the hospital last night. He’s still there and going to be for a couple of days and since my mom is out of town and I’m an only child, I need to call off for tomorrow so I can stay with my dad and take care of their dog.”

Manager: *pause, then, clearly annoyed* “Well, isn’t there anyone else who can handle it?”

Me: “Well… no. Again, I’m an only child and my mother is out of town.”

Manager: *again, obviously annoyed* “Well, I GUESS if you have to.”

Me: *fuming*

(The kicker? This was the same manager who FREQUENTLY called off or went home for migraines. I understand that migraines can be debilitating, but you’d think a person like that would have some sympathy. Guess not.)

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