It happened at my current job, and it was just such a weird thing. Usually, with the exception of one supervisor who reminds me of someone from my last job because of their tone of voice, every coworker I have I will work along side with a smile on my face and everyone is so nice.
I guess Specs (we've talked about needing glasses in the past with each other) was having an off day or something. It was really weird, but he was just really like rude and hostile and looking for a fight this one shift we shared.
I went in a few minutes early, as usual because I sometimes have to mess around with my clothes and belonging before shift because of my medical crap or because I need to straighten out with a better mirror than what we own at home (marker and kid finger paint everywhere). And I say hi as I walk by, as usual.
He huffs, but I figure maybe he didn't hear me or was too busy to reply, as there were some customers queuing up. I come out from the back with my employee ID stuff all clipped in place and start looking for the lady I knew was a supervisor. This happened to be the one I'm scared of; she was switching off with Cherry [dif, supervisor- shes sweet as hell and has very red cheeks like constantly]) an hour later.
I asked her what I was supposed to be doing today: main goals and such. She says stocking and backup for cash, mentions that the party aisle and one at basically the opposite side really need to be neatened up because we were getting new stuff for those aisles.
"No, you're main cash. I've been here since 1. I'm going for a walk."
I figured maybe he hadn't had his break, ok so I go on. He stomps off. Twenty minutes later hes fuckin around with stuff by the front and I tell him I was told to stock and clean certain aisles. By some miracle I hadn't been seen by Supervisor on cash yet, she must have been busy in the back. So I ask if we can switch back soon.
"No. You're staying there." I got worried, I was told to do something else by someone I was led to believe was higher ranking than Specs. Whatever, I just brushed it off, passed on what she told me to his huffing and puffing and stomping away. When I saw Supervisor, I told her Specs wanted to stock and face instead, and I was gonna be on cash, and asked if that was alright. She shrugged, said she didn't care and to let Cherry know when she got in. Did that.
Specs is totally out of my line of sight for two hours. I do not hear him, see him, or hear of him from any angle or customer. The four aisles near cash that I'm supposed to face the end caps of are the same as when I got in, untouched. I had a fairly steady stream of people the entire time.
Specs suddenly comes up and crosses his arms. "I'm going for dinner at 6. You're going at 6:30. I've been here since 1."
I usually go at 6:30 anyway as its the time I'm used to from just life in general. But I am really rubbed wrong by his fucking attitude. He's defensive as hell, crossed arms stiff back wide stance. He's standing about five feet away and saying this pretty loudly while I'm just straightening out the bags on the racks. I told him, sure fine. Smiled, and said, "If Cherry is back there can you please let her know you're on break first? I've been a little shaky today and might need to run back, and I want to know she'll hear me."
He comes back five minutes late and gives me grief for starting my break late. I was not fucking impressed. I went back ate my lunch, and all, read my book for a bit. Got my shit together, took a few extra deep breaths because I was daring to go back out at 7:02 (still skimming 3 minutes off my break) because well darn it I had to pee.
Once I'm back up he disappears off the face of the earth again. I had one customer comment on how our store was the cleanest she'd seen in town (where we have 3 other big ish stores and one tiny one if memory serves correct). I thank her and tell her I'll pass it on, etc.
Finally, its winding down to the last hour before closing and our 45 minutes of cleaning after doors are locked. Specs FINALLY is seen. Cherry went on break late, and I ask if he'd seen her after she came back, as I was busy.
No reply, just like a majority of other times I had asked him something or said anything on the few rare occasions he had to come up and help with the line (which took him ages to get up to me, and I had several huffy customers).
Keeping smiley and upbeat, because it was something I COULD do that day, and I didn't want his grump to bug me. Eventually, we're both facing pretty much back to back, me where I can still get a clear view of the register and him just past that range.
"Hm, I didn't know you'd been up this way yet," No reply. "Guess you've been pretty busy though, there was a customer who wanted me to pass on to Owner that our store is the cleanest shes seen. She was raving about how well stocked we always are and stuff."
GODS BE PRAISED, SPECS TURNED AND ACTUALLY MAKES EYE CONTACT WITHOUT FIRE AND VINEGAR POURING OUT WITHIN THE NEXT SECOND!
"You've done a really good job, if a customer took long enough to praise the store like that."
It's true, a little embellished, as it was not as drawn out a compliment, but it was still noticeable enough to have shocked me out of the usual script earlier. Specs actually smiled and seemed to lose some of that spiky armor he had on all night!
Cherry got the message too and, as far as I know, forwarded it to Owner. But it was just a really strange night. 1 until Closing (8:30) is a pretty normal shift for full timers (I see it on the schedule a lot for about 6 of the other employees), its like a weekend shift in length, but shifted down a bit because the weekday hours are quite a bit longer than the weekend ones.
I'm not sure why he was so pissy all shift, but I'm glad a custy's comment managed to make him at least tolerable for the last hour of our shift. I don't know if I could have made that last hour if he had kept up the "hmmph"ing and angry sighs and "I've been here since 1!", "You do it!" and the rough attitude.
Hopefully all your coworkers will be able to be civil for you, and if not, hopefully a kind custy will help melt their hearts too!