The Famed Forklift Fables Of Mr. Company Man

, , , , , | Working | CREDIT: BeagleonBass | May 21, 2021

I worked at a family-owned retail chain that sold pet supplies and products. When I started working there, it was great and everyone I worked with was fantastic. The owners eventually wanted to retire and sold the small chain to an investment group. Once the investment group took over, almost all but a few employees were let go or forced out, or they just quit. I hung on for a little while longer before I got promoted at my other job.

The new company brought in a new manager to my store. My store was the top-performing store in the entire chain, bringing in about $10,000 to $12,000 a day on average. It was always more on weekends and especially around the holidays. The new manager was a Mr. Company Man. The company told him that they only want employees around for two or three years. I and two others had been there for over ten years. So, naturally, he began ruffling feathers and giving us all a hard time.

Unfortunately, he decided on me first. Mr. Company Man found out I was working two jobs. The two jobs were not in related fields, so there was no chance of any conflict of interest on my end. However, my second job required me to work nights and weekends. When Mr. Company Man found this out, he demanded that I work nights and weekends there, so it was “fair” for everyone. I didn’t work nights and weekends there because I was that store’s only OSHA-certified forklift operator, and deliveries didn’t come at night; they came weekday mornings. Mr. Company Man didn’t want to hear that and told me that I either had to work nights and weekends or that day would be my last day.

I told him, “Don’t threaten me with a good time. I suppose today is my last day, then.”

I was pretty pissed about that. I went home early; I didn’t finish my shift. But when I got home, I decided to call my local OSHA inspector and report the store for not having a certified operator on staff, as well as numerous other hazards. They lost close to three weeks’ profit from all the violations the inspector found. I was surprised they even showed up. In my state, the inspector will call you back after an inspection and tell you if your claims were founded or not. Mine were.

And Mr. Company Man got his a** chewed out so bad he ended up quitting.

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