That Didn’t Even Escalate; It Started Out Over The Top

, , , , , | Working | November 4, 2020

I am working at a grocery store. My manager is known for being irate and having outbursts in front of customers at the drop of a hat, which is not helped by the fact that she’s going through a bitter divorce with her husband, a regular at our store. This takes place the day after she loses custody of her daughter, as she walks over to the time clock.

Me: “Hey there, [Manager].”

Manager: “Don’t. Talk. To me.”

Me: “Bad day?”

Manager: “YOU’RE FIRED!”

Several customers stare at her.

Me: *Pause* “I’ll take that as a ‘yes’.”

She was fired two days later, not for yelling at me in front of customers, but rather for forcing one of my coworkers to push carts in a thunderstorm — a MAJOR safety violation in Pennsylvania. She had that coworker fired, as well, when he refused, but the store owner reinstated both of us right after he fired the manager because she had violated protocol in both cases. She was later sent to prison for assaulting her husband over the lost custody battle. It’s been two years, and she’s just been released on parole. Not that it matters too much since she’s now banned from our store, and her husband has a restraining order against her.

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