***LONG AS HELL***
This is a fuck coworkers. ☺
I’ve worked at a popular retail store - opposite of Young Magenta (try and figure that out) - for almost two years now. It’s been pretty decent, management’s fairly nice, most coworkers are great, and the pay isn’t bad.
But, just less than a year ago, the store hired this really young kid, L, lied on his application about his age to get the job, the whole shabang, whatever.
He starts off as someone that’s really easy to work with, talk to, and get along with and he just seemed excited to be there, which was really nice. He worked exclusively on the salesfloor for the first few months, but then moved to cashier solely after that. That’s when he starts to become irritating.
Young Magenta is pretty strict on employees pushing for brand credit cards and even though you’re not affected if you don’t get cards often, managers will look down on you. They tend to most often favor cashiers and give them the most hours, especially if they have high card per transaction turnover rates. Which, honestly, doesn’t bother me. I’m not a cashier, but my best friend is and she works damn hard to make her customers happy and get brand credit cards the right way.
But L will sabotage anyone just so he can have the highest turnover rate in the store.
There was this other guy who used to work there who he fought with all the time. The other guy was in the middle of processing a card when L comes over to his register and hits the escape button on the keyboard multiple times to get out of the application process. Like, that’s a dick move and management just ignored the situation.
He’s also taken advantage of customers, especially the one’s that don’t speak English very well. He’ll ask them if they want to sign up for a card, and they’re not dumb, they know it’s a credit card, so they say no. He will then still continue with the application process without telling the customer, and they’re unknowingly giving their credit information to the company. At the end of the process, he tells them if they were approved for the card or not and the customer is, understandably, mad about this.
I haven’t researched it yet, but I’m almost positive this is some type of fraud. As far as I’m aware though, no consequential action has been taken after managers were informed. All that’s happened is customers now have to give they’re signature so they’re made aware that they’re entering a credit card application process.
L recently started getting a lot more credit cards (probably because of committing fraudulent behavior) which in turn results in more hours (which means he’s actually been rewarded rather than punished). He’s there every single day, staying longer when managers ask. He never leaves.
Everyone was pretty friendly to him for a while, but only on a level of being able to tolerate him. Keyword friendly, not friends. I don’t know why, but he seems to take this as a sign to start doing stupid shit to his coworkers during store hours, right in front of customers. He’s throwing hangers, merchandise that’s needed to be stocked at the front counter at other employees, and most recently he’s learned how to shoot sensor pins with rubber bands.
Our sensor pins are actual needles that are sharp and will hurt you, and any cashier that has accidentally dropped one can tell you they hurt when you step on them. So they’re kind of dangerous.
I was closing with him a few weeks ago and we’re folding down a table together (after he had walked around the store doing nothing for almost an hour after we closed) and while I’m folding, he starts shooting the sensor pins at the wall right above a mirror (I think he stashed them in his pockets, I don’t fucking know). I tell him, “Hey, L, that’s pretty dangerous and you could hurt someone, you probably shouldn’t do that.” And that bitch has the nerve to turn to me and say, “No, the only people it’ll hurt are mannequins,” AND THEN CONTINUES SHOOTING THEM. I didn’t even say anything to him after that, it was the end of my shift, I was tired and I didn’t want to deal with him anymore.
So the next day rolls around and I get to work. One of my coworkers is near the end of her shift. I’m out on the floor running a rack of clothes, and she’s out folding a table, waiting to be called up to registers to back up since L is main cashier. She sees me running and comes up to me and starts telling me that L has been shooting sensor pins at her and another cashier’s legs all day, and even told him to stop but he wouldn’t listen. She wants to tell our manager but is hesitant because she doesn’t want to come off as “that” person at work that’s going to tell on everyone, even though she never does it. I tell her to do it anyway, because in reality, L needs to be put in his place and telling a manager about the situation is really just letting them know about a safety hazard within the work place. It’s a killing two birds with one stone type of situation.
The end of her shift comes and she clocks out and finds the lead manager at the time and tells her what’s been going on. She specifically said she did not want to come off as “that” person, but she felt what L was doing was a danger to hers and others safety and after asking him to stop multiple times with no luck, felt the need to let a higher up know and have them handle the situation.
My coworker leaves and I’m running another rack when my manager approaches me and starts asking about what’s happening with L. I tell her what happened the night before, that he’s come very close to hitting me in the head with a hanger, and the same story my coworker told me. The manager then goes on to say, “Yeah, that’s not okay, I’m gonna talk to him about it.” She calls him over walkie and tells him to meet her in the office.
Cool, situation’s taken care of.
I’m in the back processing clothes with another coworker when L walks out of the office and goes on his break. The place where we process clothes and take breaks are in the same area.
A conversation with L and others who were on their breaks comes up about hating some of our other coworkers. L says, “Yeah, *insert said manager’s name here* told me I have to watch my own back because not everyone here wants to be my friend and I have to keep my eyes out for myself.”
I’m furious at this point. Even though after being told we were not out to get him and she was only being told this for the safety of customers and other employees, this manager had the nerve to manipulate the situation into making it seem like me and my coworker were trying to sabotage L.
I have never been more outraged by this company than I was in that moment. This was done specifically because he’s getting brand credit cards. He’s annoying as hell to them, but they still worship the ground he walks on which is shitty because there’s a lot of people at that store that go above and beyond their job expectations and can’t get so much as a thank you for it.
The higher up management is awful at this store, and our lower management who all cannot stand L, can’t do anything about it.
I’ve been wanting to quit for a while but I think this is where I draw the line. The disrespect me and my coworker (and many others) have been shown is unacceptable. Hopefully I’ll be able to find another job soon, and when I put in my two weeks notice at Young Magenta, I’ll be sure to mention that my sole reason for leaving is that this store cannot fire or even write up a child who has no respect for his customers or coworkers and has no value to this company besides the amount of credit cards he gets for the store that makes us look good in the weekly reports within our district.
Thanks Young Magenta.
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This is a fanart of Mer!Danny for The Full Catastrophe’s fic Treading Water on FFN.net. It is an excellent fic; if you haven’t read it yet, you should.
The first pic is the photo I took to adjust in photoshop, and the second one is with the adjustments. I wanted to make his fins look a little sturdier, and his eye easier to see… but then I got a little too excited about adding white, so I decided to include the first picture because I liked the softness to it.