I wanna share a story about the near-year I had working at Walmart....
What was wrong with it? Lemme try to give a list without screaming.
1. I've got Asperger's Syndrome (a high-functioning form of autism characterized by slightly impaired social skills) and I was hired on through a work program to work in Electronics. But when I came for my first day, they told me I had been pushed down to a cart-pusher.... JUST a cart-pusher! I GOT DEMOTED BEFORE I EVEN STARTED MY FIRST DAY! When I asked why, they never TOLD me!!!!!
2. For the first few months, I got average hours, like 12-15 a week, (I have to rely on a special bus service to get there since I'm not exactly the best driver), which wasn't too shabby.... but when March came (I started in November)....... NOTHING! Between March and November.... I ONLY HAD ONE SHIFT ALTOGETHER!!!!!!!
3. This was the third strike and what led to me quitting. I WILL use real names because frankly I don't exactly CARE if they see this, plus the turnover rate is insane. Come November, I actually started getting weekly hours again and, on my first shift back, I got a performance review, calling me a solid worker and even giving me a 40-cent raise (yay for that), with the recommendation that I ask around for getting training at other departments. So I start offering help to customers in other sections, even getting complimented on my politeness and desire to help out.
But 3 weeks after I returned, I get pulled aside by my manager...... and THIS is what broke me....
Instead of getting complimented on actually being able to help other people.... I was CHASTIZED and told I would likely NEVER get advancement BEYOND being a cart-pusher and that if I offered to help out another customer again...... I'D BE FIRED! All they hired me to do was just push carts...... in shifts upwards of 6 hours!!
I was threatened with termination for HELPING customers out when the store was short-staffed and told advancement would NEVER happen!
I actually CRIED in front of another coworker!
A few days later, I put in my resignation. If that was how I was gonna be treated for trying to help out... Fuck Walmart.
Did I do the right thing?
I know the economy's hard right now..... but I just couldn't take it anymore.