Working Antisocial Hours

| Berlin, Germany | Working | April 17, 2014

(I’ve recently started to work at a different store of the same company. These company’s stores always open at 10 am, and I’m used to checking in at 9:30. The first day at work, my new boss calls me over.)

Boss: “[My Name], your behavior is unacceptable. I’ll let it slide since it’s your first day here, but don’t let it happen again.”

Me: “I’m sorry, what?”

Boss: “You were way too late. I and [Two Other Colleagues] always arrive at 8 AM to do our make-up and eat breakfast.”

Me: “I usually do all of this at home.”

Boss: “No. You have to do everything I say. You have to arrive at 8 AM and eat here and talk to everyone. Socializing is very important in this company.”

(The next day, I arrive at am and eat my breakfast in the store.)

Boss: “No, no, no, [My Name]. Don’t just sit there! You have to clock in first. I don’t care that you’re not actually working, just do it. You’ll get paid for nothing! We’ve been doing this for years. Great, huh?”

(I politely refuse since I think it’s some sort of test. The boss is furious and calls our upper management.)

Boss: “[My Name], pack your things and go, NOW. We won’t tolerate this sort of antisocial behavior in this store. You’re making me and the others feel bad!”

Me: “Wait, you are firing me because I’m clocking my hours correctly and I am NOT lying and wasting company time and money?”

Boss: “Yes. We all do it! Stop being antisocial!”

(I left and found a much nicer job. The last time I heard of this company, there were closing many stores due to financial issues, and the one in this story was the very first one to go.)

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