I realise the majority of you probably don't remember me, due to it being donkeys years since I last posted, but I am the Science Ninja. I haven't posted for a while because to be honest, I have been Hella busy and Retail has been treating me pretty well. Until last weekend.
A little background, our store let's us swap out shifts at will, without notifying a manager, as long as we work the same amount of hours in a week. I rarely do this for my own benefit, but a lot of the time I cover other peoples shifts (if they are Ill, hungover, whatever.)
Now onto the story. On the Saturday in question, my Uncle went into a very risky surgery. Unfortunately, it didn't go according to plan, and he was given a few days to live. I was in town when I heard, so I rushed to come home straight away. I bumped into a Co worker on her break and asked her if she could cover my shift the next day, which she agreed to, and I would work her shift the following week. I went home, and after seeing my family phoned my floor manager.
She said no. Flat out that I was not allowed. She told me that a) there was a sale on, and b) it was too short notice. I should have told her a week in advance.
Well I am fucking SORRY that my uncle passed away when there was a sale on and I am fucking SORRY he didn't give me a weeks notice.
Anyway, after I agreed to come into work, my mother (God do I love her) phones HIM without me knowing. A few hours later I get a call from the store manager saying she had sorted everything, I would get compassionate leave for up to three weeks.
So I thought it was over. But oh dear lord no. Unfortunately, my Uncle passed away on Monday, so by my next shift I felt able to work.
I turn up, and get pulled aside by my floor manager. She tells me the next time a family member passes away, and I do not provide a weeks notice and expect to swap a shift "my employment would be under serious review".
Now I know that they didn't have to give me compassionate leave, but I wasn't asking for that. All I asked for was a simple swap shift that people do on the day when they just don't feel like coming into work.
Should I kick up a fuss about this or not? Or wait until I get fired (even though the 2 consistent no calls/no shows never seem to get discipline)
Sorry for such a horrendously long post.
May all your dreams come true, my friends.
--The Science Ninja