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Bebinn

change your phone number and don't tell them what it is. no one texts me like that. if they want communication, they can talk to me. texting is not appropriate for the workplace. even if it is done by supervisors. any calls not on company time will be ignored unless the place is burning down or some other similar emergency.

Doug

If they want to communicate with me by text, they can pay for my phone.

JayStrang

Texting is not for workplace communication. You should just be ignoring them all together.

The Last Archimedean

Go over their heads to the DM and explain they're being a problem and need to be fired... AFTER you gather the evidence. They're already being very unprofessional by using texting as a method of communication. I've actually disabled my used-for-work cell phone's texting feature. If you need to talk to me, CALL.

Kat

I'm sorry to hear about your dogs, I hope that you'll heal with time. As for your manager, you need to grow a backbone. Go over her head ASAP. Document everything, make sure to mention that your manager was 3 hours late and hung over, etc. Do it without telling your manager, so she won't have time to alter any evidence against her (lose video?). Also, I'm in CA, and we have a law that if we are non-exempt (paid hourly, and can do overtime), then anytime we are contacted outside our work hours regarding work issue, etc., that is an automatic 15 minutes added on to our timesheet. Granted, you have to prove it, but still. Research your laws. It's time you stop being a pushover.

Becky

Oy, I'd change my number and tell them I either didn't have a phone anymore, or that I didn't have a texting plan. It sounds like these people are a pain enough as it it, you shouldn't have to deal with it outside of work.

The Worst

I agree with the folks who said to change your number and not tell them, and/or tell them you don't have a texting plan.

Also, I'm so sorry about your dog. I would be so lost without my dog, and I can only imagine what you're going through losing one and being on the verge of losing another. How can a woman who works in a pet store not understand the value and significance of pets?? That woman is a grade-A cunt. Take care of your pup, and don't let her tarnish the time you have together.

Minidoc

I am so sorry to hear about your dogs. I know how bad it is to come home and find an animal severely ill; I have been there. Internet hugs to you.

Polo-Necked Strip Mall Monkey

Thanks to all of you most of all for your sympathy and support. Losing my best friend is breaking my heart. Thanks for the support and hugs.

Thanks for the good advice. You're right - there are boundaries regarding workplace communications. If it's not an emergency, they should leave me the hell alone on my precious hours off. The new hire texting me micromanaging instructions was bad enough, but the manager's douche-baggery during my few hours off on Christmas Eve when I was tending a seriously ill dog was a real game changer, and forced this into the open.

She hasn't let this go. She has sent two hostile emails via company email to me and the other supervisors furious that we have objections to her voluminous texts, which is her preferred communication because she's SUCH a busy person. We've all been matter of fact about it, but she is emotionally out of control and accusing us of hostility and ganging up on her. etc - paranoia....

She is not all right in the head and has anger control issues. But I think something in her personal life has pushed her over the edge and that this is temporary insanity. I am hoping it will blow over. In the meantime, I am documenting all this bullshit, because if it doesn't settle down, and she retaliates by cutting my hours as I have seen her do to punish employees before, I will have to take action to protect myself.

This is not a corporation, just a small local chain, and my only recourse will be to go to the owner. This is hazardous. I may be able to raise the issue of whether her demand for texting and texting after hours to our personal phones is over-all company policy, but she is extremely oversensitive to criticism and if he corrects her on this, this is going to blow up in my face.

I think my best course of action is ignore the texts and after hour texts and calls. And document stuff in case it does turn retaliatory.

Thanks again.

BookAce

I just want to add to the hugs about your dog. I lost my cat this year to cancer and was completely crushed. It's still painful now, and I know that feeling of terror and wondering how soon good-bye may be. I'm so sorry that this bitch is harassing you while you're going through something so hard. My thoughts are with you. *hugs*

Jami

*hugs* I'm very sorry about your dogs.

Your manager sounds so psycho that I wish I lived near you so I could be a customer - that way I could complain to the owner about her as such. Nothing gets the big people to move like an upset customer.

Damn Yankee

First, I'm terribly, terribly sorry about your dog. You've got my support, even over the ferret-tubes of the internet.

And as for texts being inappropriate for work, as a boss, I do most of my communication over text. I have 12 employees over six locations, and I can handle three things at once over text, whereas over the phone, I can only handle one at a time. I can also text my employees non-vital information without risking waking anyone up, as we all sleep at different times, being a third shift job.

It all depends on how it's handled. I never handle serious matters over text, unless it requires me to deal with two groups (such as our oven maintenance company and the baker) at once. Disciplinary action, call ins, and payroll are all handled face-to-face, or verbally over the phone. I don't need a call for someone to say they're out of egg wash, and can I bring them some.

In your situation, I'd block that specific number from texting you, and tell your boss you disabled texting. Changing your number would work as well, but some carriers charge to do that. Either way, you don't need to take abuse at all, let alone split up over text.

CoG

Much love to you, PNSMM. I lost my kitty of 13 years to some unknown illness a few months ago, and it has been crippling trying to deal with that on top of Life. Screw that woman and her rude-ass texts. You don't deserve to be treated that way. I say block her number, because Damn Yankee is right - some carriers charge to change your number. You shouldn't have to deal with her BS in your off time. My supervisor, who I only see about once a month, asks that I text her updates, but I only do this on my off-time because I'm not allowed to have my phone on me during working hours. It's annoying, but it's my choice. Sending and receiving texts on your own time should be your choice as well.

Skittles

Seriusly if you can't safely go over her head find a new job ASAP. Seriously it sounds like there is something between your boss and new co-worker that is majorly hinky. I would definitely start looking for alternate employment if I were in your place.

Daisy

I am so sorry about your dogs and everything you're going through :( Lots of love and virtual hugs! <3

NC Tony

I was going to suggest the 3D's of RHU, but it sounds like you're already doing that. You should also get others to document her shitty behavior, that way it won't be just you "picking on her" (because it sounds like that's how she'd spin it, making her look like the victim).

And I don't know how you kept your cool when she said "I'm sorry to hear about your dog, but that is totally irrelevant to the real matter at hand. The main thing is the disrespect you showed me in your text telling me about your dog. It was abrupt and insulting." and "I don't understand what your dog has to do with this at all. Imagine how hurt I feel by your disrespect." (or cat in my case) I would have told her that my cat means more to me than her and her hurt feelings (under my breath "I didn't know you had any"). and considering the lack of respect she shows to you, I'm surprised she had the nerve to say that to you. Then again, like I said before it sounds like she always turns things around and makes herself look like the victim.

Maybe you could also get a friend to come in while she's working and then have your friend file a complaint about her unprofessional behavior, because we all know corporate will respond to a customer complaint faster than they will an employee complaint.

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