Won’t Be Long Before You (Lunch) Break

, , , , , | Working | June 13, 2018

(I’m the assistant manager in a discount clothing and housewares store in Colorado. We get trucks every day except Sunday. We have a girl in our stock team who only works once a month, as she has a full-time desk job. She is very lazy, unprofessional, and sometimes downright insubordinate. She also tries to sit down or lean as much as she can, and she cusses quite often. I get called to the stock room on this morning.)

Stock Lead: “[Coworker] says she needs to leave at noon today.”

(This coworker has been scheduled from 8:45 am to 1:00 pm.)

Me: “[Coworker], you’re scheduled until 1:00 pm. We need you to fulfill your shift,”

Coworker: “No one told me that I had to be here until one. [Store Manager] only told me the time to come in.”

Me: “It is not our job to tell you what time you work. It is your responsibility to know when you need to come in and when you need to leave.”

Coworker: “Well, I have my other job to go to at 12:30.”

Me: *not wanting to argue* “Okay, just this once, you can leave early. But please do be more careful and considerate of your schedule next time.”

(She rolls her eyes and says nothing. An hour later, I ask her to cover a break in the fitting room, to which she agrees. Towards the end of said break, she calls me back there.)

Coworker: “My mom is here, and she wants me to go to lunch with her and my sister.”

Me: “Okay?”

Coworker: “Can I go?”

Me: “I’m sorry, but you have to work more than five hours in order to get a thirty-minute lunch break. You’re only working three hours and fifteen minutes today, so all you would get is a fifteen-minute break.”

Coworker: “You have to work five hours to get thirty minutes off? That’s a bunch of bulls***.”

(Keep in mind, we are standing in the fitting room, and there are plenty of customers around, although no one reacts.)

Me: “[Coworker], please watch your language on the sales floor.”

Coworker: “Why do I have to work five hours?”

Me: “It’s Colorado law. You must work at least five hours before you can get a lunch break.”

Coworker: “Well… What if I went to lunch and come back right after?”

Me: “I thought you had to leave at noon to go to your other job?”

Coworker: “But I would come back.”

(This goes on for a few rounds. I am not understanding what she means when she says she’ll come back right after lunch, considering earlier she made a big deal about leaving to go to her other job. Finally, we come to a conclusion.)

Coworker: “F*** it! Just f***ing forget it!”

(She clocked out at 12:45 and told me it would be her last day working. I told her I wished her well in life, and that she needed to contact the store manager. A month or so later, I was making the schedule with my manager and noticed this employee was still on the roster. I reminded my manager that she quit, and she called the employee just to be safe. The coworker said that I had fired her on that day, and she was just waiting for a call from the store manager so she could get her final paycheck.)

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