This weekend was one of the worst weekends I have had in a while. As I stated before I have worked for this company in several different stores in several different states. A little bit of background first.
This weekend was our holiday open house and most days we stagger our shifts starting at 6am. Me at 6, one at 7, one at 8 with the last two coming in at noon. I knew this weekend was going to be insane. Now to the actual story...
Friday night @10pm I get a phone call from the department manager that she wants EVERYTHING done for them by the time she gets there by 9am. All the trays, production, decorating, etc. Great but now that you woke me up after an hour of sleep I am wide awake!
You couldn't have called earlier or told me while I was at work?!
So fine. I try to go back to sleep until the alarm goes off at 5am. Once I get there I start getting everything ready. Now earlier I stated that we stagger our opening shifts. 7am rolls around the open house has started I can't leave the department, and guess what? No 7am person shows, 8am still no one shows, finally at 9am all 3 people show up.
I have been stuck in the department by myself during a special event for 3 hours without the ability to leave the department. Kind of pissed but here is the real button pusher- 1st question out of the department managers mouth is oh, sorry we're late but did you get everything done?
WTF!? Are you kidding me?
So I leave at the department at that point to go on break I figure the 3 of them can figure sh*t out while I am gone. The minute I return I am told that we are short handed again for the day so if no one else can come in I am going to be running the department and there is no one to close. Fine. I want overtime. I agree to stay until we find someone to come and close. No one answered their phones.
So it is myself and a new person who is now responsible for the entire department, during the open house, the dinner rush, and closing. I did manage to get most everything done for the day and by the time I got home I just collapsed!
Now I realize that I am a member of the management team and picking up the slack is part of my job but answer me this question: Am I seriously responsible for opening the department, running the department, managing the two people that did manage to show up for the day, and closing the department all the while the department manager is sitting on her a** for 6 hours at the display table during the open house?
She didn't even manage to work her full 8 hour shift, as she stated she didn't have daycare!
--Grocery Deli Slave