I should begin by apologizing for not submitting any stories in the past... gosh, three years! I did keep encountering crusty moments and coworker hell at the bank, but for some reason or another, I never got around to sending in any of them.
At the beginning of this year, the bank I worked for faced some big downsizing. I kept my job, but my wonderful manager who cared more about helping customers rather than getting numbers was let go. In his place, we got a manager who had worked at our branch before. However, not only was he more numbers oriented, he was simultaneously in charge of a second branch!
March rolls around, and he tells us that instead of the four sales referrals we tellers each needed to get before, (sales referrals meaning convincing people to open new accounts, credit cards, mortages, and loans), we now needed to each get twelve.
The reason he said? If we didn't each get twelve, he and the head teller wouldn't get their bonuses. He didn't cloud it or anything, just straight up "Do it so I can get my bonus!"
Well, I pushed and struggled to reach twelve for March, but I only wound up with nine. I'd say that's a damn good improvement from the 4-5 I was getting before.
Apparently not, because I was brought into the office mid-April and let go.
The best part is that when he sat me down, he told me not to apply for unemployment, because the bank "does not pay unemployment to former employees". Being terrified and gullible in my vulnerable state, I believed him at first, but I decided to give it a try anyway, and lo and behold, I got unemployment.
I remained unemployed for about six months, putting in applications everywhere I could until I finally landed a position at... Hmm, what's a good code-name I can use? Sneers! I'm working in their Fine Jewelry department, so for the first time in my life, I'm truly working in Retail.
And just in time for Black Friday and Christmas. Yaaaaaaay!~