This happened yesterday,and I am pissed off! About half an hour in to my shift my head starts hurting, no biggie, I've worked with headaches before, I can do it. Then about 10 minutes later I start feeling nauseous. I decide to suck it up and see if it passes. It doesn't, I'm feeling worse, and I'm feeling like I might throw up now. Nope, I'm not sucking it up, I'm going home. If I'm going to throw up I prefer to do it at home in my own toilet!
I call the department manager over and tell her I'm really sorry, but I'm feeling sick and I think I might vomit and she just walks away! She says nothing! I keep serving, but I've got tears in my eyes now. The customers are telling me I should just go home, my coworker is telling me to close and go talk to the department manager. I'm feeling terrible so I close and go to the service desk.
Me: I'm feeling really bad, I need to go home.
Department manager: Go talk to assistant store manager!
I'm in trouble now, as assistant store manager (I'll call her ass because she is) has had it out for me for awhile now.
Me: Ass, I need to go home, I feel terrible.
Ass: You can't go! We're calling to try and get a replacement, but you have to stay until they get here!
Me: But I think I'm going to vomit!
Ass: You consistently let the team down!
Me: But I've only ever gone home sick twice!
I start crying at this point, so I walk out the back, sign off and get my stuff and leave. I ended up going home and sleeping for 4 hours. When I woke up I still had a headache, but my stomach felt better.
I'm so pissed off. I've worked there for around 15 months, and I've never called in sick. I go in when I've got a cold, I go in when my knees are hurting from arthritis, I go in when I've only had 4 hours sleep, I go in when I've got a headache, I go in when my gastric reflux is playing up. I've gone home sick from work 3 times in 15 months, and that's only because I'm either a) vomiting or b) about to vomit. Puking is where I draw the line.
I'm consistently one of the fastest scanners in my store, I'm always on time or early, I've had customers tell me that they prefer to come through my checkout as I'm always fast, and I do a good job packing, I don't make many mistakes and I'll do extra shifts if I have some notice. So what part of that is consistently letting the team down?
I'm also pissed at my department manager. Your cashier tells you they think they are going to vomit so you walk away without saying anything? And then you tell me to go talk to Ass when you're the one who should be dealing with this?
I love my job, I enjoy it most of the time, but I hate the crappy management. I'm thinking I might go and talk to the store manager and make a complaint about department manager and ass. I feel like the whole thing was dealt with poorly. Why do managers have to act like such dicks?