Planted The Seeds Of An Argument

| Working | November 18, 2015

(I worked as a greenhouse rep, basically a vendor for a supercenter that helped out in Lawn and Garden. I helped the associates make all of the flowers look nice and organized for customers. One of the centers that I go to had an associate that would not cooperate with me at all. One day I go into work after being told by my management that the small pots of geraniums need to be tossed. I go to the nearest manager at the center.)

Me: “So, as much as you won’t like hearing this, I’ve been told that the $1 and $3.65 geraniums need to be tossed, since they’re out of season and no one is buying them anymore.”

Manager: “No, that’s fine! Do what you need to do, all right?”

(I’m pretty taken aback, since all other managers have fought with me in the past about tossing plants. This is the first time I’ve seen this manager. So I start my work when enters the associate.)

Associate: “What are you doing?!”

Me: “Throwing away geraniums…”

Associate: “Who said you could do that?”

Me: “My supervisor and her boss. They said that geraniums are out of season and need to be gone to make room for new plants, so I’m tossing them.”

Associate: “Why aren’t you saving the pots?! We need to keep account of the plants you throw away!”

Me: “You mean those pots?” *points to piles of pots out in the open* “I know not to throw them away, it’s not my first day.”

Associate: “Well, you’re gonna stop this now, or else I’m going to the manager!”

Me: “No, I’m not stopping, so go ahead. I’ve already told a manager what I was doing.”

Associate: “Uh huh, sure you have. You’re stopping right now and coming with me!”

Me: “H*** no, I’m not. I’m staying right here.”

(At this point she stomps out of Lawn and Garden to get a manager, different one than the one I talked to earlier. Skipping ahead a bit, he gets my supervisor on the phone and she tells both of them the exact thing. I’m skipping to after he leaves, telling me that they’ve reached an agreement to leave a few geraniums in 50% off. I’m fine with that and continue to work. The associate continues the day in this type of manner.)

Associate: “You know I’ve heard from others in [two different towns that I’ve never been to]. I mentioned your name and they all said that you’re hard to work with.”

Me: “Really? Cause the only other place I’ve worked at is [Place], and they generally get along with me and respect me since I go above and beyond for them.”

Associate: “Well, they know of you! And they all had bad experiences. Even your company’s coworkers that have been here said that you love to throw things away.”

Me: “That’s funny, since I’ve only worked with [Greenhouse] employees twice, and in both occasions I’ve never thrown anything away.”

Associate: *scoffs* “You always have something to say, don’t you?! Are you always this disrespectful to your elders?!”

Me: “Not typically; just when they act like a b**** like you.”

(She threw a fit after that and went off to the other side of the center. Every time she saw me after she had something negative to say. Later on another supervisor from my company came by and tried talking to her about the plants. He told me after talking to her that he was about to punch her in the throat.)

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