I had a coworker who left a while back, who we couldn’t stand.
I swore to Shift Leader 1 I wouldn’t speak this woman’s name anymore, so how about we call her Mrs. Mertz? Anyone ever watch ‘I Love Lucy’?
She worked at the store once before and was a damn awful kiss-ass, and got away with anything she wanted. She ended up quitting, and about a year ago, re-applied. Shift Leader 1 told IncompetentFuck Manager to not rehire her, but he did anyway. Even my current Manager (Then the Assistant Manager) to not re-hire this woman, but he did anyway. Like the Incompetent Fuck he was.
Mrs. Mertz is black, and she LOVED to play the race card. I could have said ‘Hey, Mrs. Mertz, I just finished REPAVING THE PARKING LOT and FIXED THE ROOF. I’m off to make water to mop, will you see if the napkin dispenser sitting right next to you needs to be refilled, so I can do that real quick?’ and her response would be "You’re just asking me to do that because I’m black! You’re racist!"
She tried to get me fired. She seemed to think her word was all that was needed. She could snap her fingers and she expected you to do it. Never mind that in the chain of command on my shift I’m third in line. I’m right under the Shift Leaders. No power, but god forbid something happens to either of them, I’m in control. Meaning she was under me.
I was filling the hot chocolate machine, and had to use a large knife to open the bags. She called me over to help her because OMG THERE WERE TWO CUSTOMERS THERE AND IT WAS TOO FUCKING MUCH! …really? I ran over to help her and just wanted away from her, so I told Shift Leader 1 and IncompetentFuck Manager I was going to sweep the parking lot. Came back in about ten minutes later and Mrs. Mertz was in my face.
Mrs. Mertz: YOU LEFT A KNIFE OVER THERE!
Terah: Huh? Oh! Crap. Sorry, your ‘huge line’ caught me off guard.
Mrs. Mertz: DON’T YOU KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THAT IS?!
Terah: Uh… yeah. I do. I forgot it, I don’t do that often. Thanks for getting it for me.
Not good enough, it seems. She stormed into the back and came back up a little bit later. I went to get cigarettes, and was stopped by Shift Leader 1 and IncompetentFuck. They asked me if I left a knife on the counter. I said yes. They asked why. I explained about the ‘huge line’, said I was sorry, I would try to not do it again. That was it.
I went back up, and Mrs. Mertz had this smile like she was watching Scott Peterson getting stabbed in the testicles with a rusted garden rake.
Mrs. Mertz.: So. What’d they say about that knife?
Terah: …’no. Bad Terah. Bad, bad. Don’t do that again.’ *Smack on my own wrist*.
She stormed off again and I could hear her yelling at them through the door! She said I should be FIRED for it. Just on and on, I had customers asking what the hell was going on. She never came back up that night, she was told to clock out and leave.
She was fired a few months later, for insubordination.