Half-Baked Attempt At Blaming

, , , , | Working | November 29, 2019

(I work part-time at a small bakery chain. The way the register is set up, whoever clocks into the POS first, their names are on all the receipts until they sign out, even if there were others on shift. At this point, I’ve always worked the first opening shift and so my name has been on all the receipts. We have a coworker who I and others are fairly certain was only hired because this bakery chain is very keen on hiring those of the same ethnicity regardless of competency, and because he’s a friend of the manager’s son, who also works with us. Unbeknownst to me, this coworker messed up a cake order. I get a warning from my friend privately before messages come through the group chat on my day off.)

Friend: “Hey, dude. Heads up, [Manager] is really mad that you messed up.”

Me: “Wait, what happened?”

(The group chat notifications come in.)

Manager: “[My Name]! Why didn’t you write down an order for a cake on Tuesday?! The customer is furious!”

Me: “What? I didn’t take any cake orders on Tuesday.”

Manager: “Yes, you did! A woman came in and ordered a #1 blueberry cake and paid for it. I have the receipt with your name on it!”

Me: “What’s the time stamp?”

(She sends a picture.)

Me: “That shows the order happened at 12:18. I start work at 7:00 and take my half-hour lunch at 12:00. It was probably [Coworker] who took the order.”

Manager: “What? [Coworker] is this true?”

(He doesn’t respond until a couple of hours later.)

Coworker: “Oh, yes, it is. I’m sorry, [Manager], I completely forgot, lol…”

Manager: “Then why was [My Name]’s name on the receipt?”

Me: “Because I’m the first one to clock in and that’s how the POS works?”

Manager: “I see. Well, be more careful next time, [Coworker].”

(No, I did not get an apology. And later, I and a different coworker of the same ethnicity, neither of us the same as the bakery manager, slowly had our hours stripped away and were verbally abused until we quit so the manager wouldn’t have to pay severance, and she got to hire more of her son’s friends.)

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