Most managers abide by the "If you have time to lean, you have time to clean" rule. If it is a fast food restaurant, there's always stuff to clean. (Us third shifters tend to pick up the slack.)
The only time I have an issue with this is when I work with Violet.
They replaced Cubbie with a few half baked people. While all were faster workers than I am, Violet would try to saddle the extra work with me. With Violet, none of these assholes can do any work because Late Night Geek will do it all.
Apparently, an hour smoke is better use of their time. (I let them all fall in their asses.) I was always getting in trouble for not doing it. I talked to two of the assistant managers because I was the only one doing certain things. Thankfully, one works overnights regularly and can vouch for me.
My favorite story takes late last year. I put in for three days off together, telling them that I would be more than happy to work the holiday before it. When I returned, Violet was breathing down my neck that certain things, not everything was third shift exclusive, was not done. I knew that two of the three days were short handed. (People called in sick, one decided not to show up. I could not come in due to being close to overtime, I could not even if I was not.)
The thing that pissed her off the most? The prep table was not wiped down and cleaned at the end of the closing on my third day off. She was the closing manager. Let that sink in. I had not been there for TWO days and she's throwing a fit because she did not do her job.
My eyes nearly rolled out of my head. I promptly told her that I was not going to drive a fifteen miles round trip to work for a few minutes. Its not the first time explaining that!
Violet has been not been working third shift except for the odd shift. The "throw everything on Late Night Geek" does not happen much anymore.
With the Ebola outbreak dominating the national discourse, parents and caregivers are inevitably going to be confronted with the necessity of explaining the deadly and exotic disease to children.
One Connecticut company was already poised to help in that process, and it has seen a dramatic spike in sales as a result.
Giantmicrobes Inc. was founded about a decade ago with the intention of creating stuffed toys based on the actual microscopic images of various microbes as an educational tool for caregivers and young children, said Laura Sullivan, vice president of operations, in an interview with CBS News.
"It started with the common cold and similar things," Sullivan said. "It was marketed to pediatricians and parents initially. The idea is that kids respond favorably to stuffed animals."
The thinking is that children would be better able to understand what is happening in their body if they could see a softer, cuddlier version of it, Sullivan said.
Before long, the company's offerings expanded to a number of different of viruses and diseases, and the audience expanded with it.
About five years ago, the company began offering plush toys whose design was based on the microscopic image of the Ebola virus. Now, they are struggling to keep up with demand, Sullivan said.
While she declined to give specific sales figures for the Ebola plush toys, Sullivan said: "They're selling like hot cakes. We're out of stock again."
They have ramped up production with their Chinese manufacturers and are rushing to feed the demand, Sullivan said.
Their Ebola products - which include regular- and giant-sized plush recreations of the virus, as well a petri dish and something called "Primordial Putty" - are currently only available through the company's website, but much of the rest of their line can be found in everything from hospital gift shops to college bookstores to medical supply stores.
Sullivan said this isn't the first case of a headline-making disease affecting their sales. The swine flu outbreak a few years ago caused a similar spike in sales, but Sullivan added it was not quite at the level of Ebola.
"It's a neat little product," Sullivan said. "In the case of Ebola, it's been a helpful way for families talk about it and take some of the scariness away."