From Reddit: The new guy didn't realize that nobody dresses up for halloween here.
My only goal is to scare as many of my coworkers as possible. Twisty from American Horror Story Season 4. Happy Halloween!
Halloween 2014 is definitely year of the scary clown! They are everywhere....the Clown Association has a lot to worry about...even the normal looking ones are starting to look scary!
I work in a pet store with eight locations, but is family owned, not a big box. This makes resolution of conflict very difficult, because there are no actual policies or procedures.
I have a history of being bullied on the job by the manager's dysfunctional "pet" of the day.
The manager hired an old family friend, "Dope," who had been fired from her last two jobs for "attitude" and defiance, and being impossible to get along with. She is super-sensitive - even the mildest suggestion brings a hostile reaction. "I know my fucking job! Back off!" She treated the other female employees this way, and flirted outrageously with the boys. In the eyes of the manager, she could do no wrong, and she definitely got special treatment and nurturing.
She was also made a supervisor three weeks after starting, despite her inexperience. Dope has made serious errors - and I have been written up for them! I have had to show the manager receipts and schedules to prove I was not there, and that it was Dope who made the errors! Dope bullied other employees, one of whom complained to the manager, but it seems that the manager will back her, so to survive, we have to walk on egg shells with Dope.
I need this job. My survival technique is to make like a turtle, and draw into a shell, and ignore the insanity. Dope and I actually got kinda friendly. I even help get her ready for a second job at a nice restaurant in the evenings. We had very good relations!
Then we had a new hire August 28. Dope was charged to train her. We all started together in the morning. I handed Dope the register drawer, and she placed it on the counter, and walked away with the new employee. I gently suggested that she log into the register and put the drawer in before training the new employee on animal care.
She turned on me and screamed, "I'm the one who's training her! BACK OFF!"
I told her there was no need to be upset. She spent the rest of the day glaring at me, ignoring me, and ridiculing me in front of the new employee. I tried to take her aside to have a friendly talk, to ask, "Why are you so upset with me?" but she refused to talk to me, just ignored me.
The next day, August 29, I was scheduled to come in at 2. I had a migraine, and had to delay my arrival until 4. Good thing! By the time I got in there, $100 was missing from the register drawer, discovered by the manager just prior to me arriving, and somehow, the checkbook of the new employee was missing from her zipped up purse.
The manager responded by saying, "I KNOW Dope didn't do this!" Thank GOD I wasn't there, because the conclusion would have been that I obviously did it.
Dope has been outwardly hostile to me since that incident over asking her to log in first, and it is very uncomfortable. I asked for a meeting with the manager. I said I had a lot of admiration for her as a person and an employee, but said she was hypersensitive to criticism and has been outwardly hostile over what I thought was a trivial matter. I pointed out others had the same problem with her. Dope had even thrown something at another employee in anger, etc. The manager's response was that she had never personally witnessed this behavior, and that I was the problem, and all drama seems to start with me, and if I was unhappy there, to turn in my keys and leave. God, I wish I could afford to do so!
Fast forward a month, Sept 28. I do what I can to avoid Dope. We worked a shift together. I spoke cordially to her, offer to help her with tasks, but she refused to speak to me, made these terrible monster faces at me, and stormed away. When I left for the night and said goodbye, she did not reply. She closed that night.
I closed the following night. The "bank" in the safe was $180 short! I thought the manager had put the money aside to make change the next day, but it was no where to be found. I contacted the manager via text to report the missing money.
This is awful.
We have not had an incident of theft in over two years, when we had a heroin user dipping into the till and robbing from the safe, which was never locked.
Dope is acting nuts. Her behavior is over the top. Her voice is very loud, she is extremely flirtatious with men, hyperactive, and all over the new employees with extravagant praise, and hostile to me. I think she has a psychiatric disorder - narcissistic personality disorder, to be exact, and is in a manic phase, where anything can happen. You'd think I stole her man, or poisoned her dog! Her behavior towards me in totally disproportional to my minor suggestion. Or maybe the manager told her I complained about her.
Money went missing on two dates, each time Dope was pissed off about some imaginary slight on my part. Coincidence? I don't think so!
People steal for different motives, and to get free money is just one of them. I think Dope wants psychotically fueled revenge on me so badly that she is staging crimes, to blame on me, so I lose this job I need to survive, and am personally disgraced.
A few days ago, I made a point forcefully to the manager that I was not present when the first theft took place, that I had come two hours later than I was scheduled. She acknowledged that, but said I had access to the safe the second time.
Maybe if I acted in a hostile manner back at her, she would back off, but I think she is 100% confident the manager will protect herby taking some kind of disciplinary action against me.
The whole thing is utterly insane. I have reached out to employees who I have known for all the time I have worked there, and they agree the manager's unhealthy friendship with the evil Dope is a real problem.
I can't do anything, except take it to the owner - and the whole thing is so nuts - that the manager is propping up an employee who acts out with her coworkers, and the manger herself has insulted one of the longest-working, faithful, and popular sales persons - it's just too nuts. If he were to believe me, she would be fired - and I strongly suspect I would be in actual danger because these are rough characters. Did I say the unemployed thug boyfriend of the manager hangs out at the store?
I am documenting everything. If I am fired, I will file a police report of my version of events, and get a lawyer to make the owner promise not to give me a bad reference, or take action if anyone suggests I was suspected of theft. All over a dinky job in a pet store!!
Oh God - what a mess!! I have to get out of there!!
--Polo-Necked Strip Mall Monkey
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) --
It sounds like a really bad movie pitch - Catwoman takes on Mr. Incredible with Chewbacca, Freddy Krueger and Waldo getting in the mix. It was actually the scene on Hollywood Boulevard Tuesday during a brawl between costumed characters.
The fight was caught on video by FilmOn.com.
Cameraman Brandon Howe said he was working on a project when the fight suddenly broke out in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre.
As tourists looked on in shock, Howe said it got more violent when the costumed Mr. Incredible caught and grabbed the woman dressed as Catwoman. That's when the man dressed as Chewbacca intervened.
"My animal brain kicked in. I had to protect the girl, so I just went in and did what I had to do," he said.
Along with the man dressed as Chewbacca, a man in a Waldo costume also said he helped break it up. He said the fight might have started because they all compete for tips from tourists on Hollywood Boulevard.
There's been a history of fights on Hollywood Boulevard between costumed characters and others. Police have stepped up patrols in the area.
Police said no criminal report was filed and no one has been arrested. Officers are reviewing the video to determine a course of action.
From Daily Mail:
A Sears clerk has been charged with stealing goods worth $3.7million from one of the department store's warehouses.
Kim Watson, 32, allegedly sold on the high-end merchandise after taking it from the Sears Distribution Center in Logan Township, New Jersey.
Watson, from Clementon, was arrested on Friday after a long-term investigation led detectives to believe the inventory clerk had been taking cash payments for the goods.
Police believe that the merchandise was sold to a network of people around the New York tri-state area, NJ.com reported.
The haul totaled roughly $3.7million at retail prices, meaning Sears had lost around $2.6million.
Watson was charged with second degree theft and was held at Salem County Jail in default of a $50,000 bail.