From Terah when she worked in Gas Station Hell, posted to RHU, September, 2012:
‘Watch your back.’
That’s not a particularly pleasant thing to hear, is it?
We have a new worker, who I’ll call Rat. He transferred from another store from our chain, and the manager was warned that he was known to go over management’s heads and go straight El. First day he worked with us, he told us ‘That’s just a nasty rumor’ and he left that store because of it.
And then it turns out it’s NOT a rumor.
One Sunday, I had a massive itch on the side of my foot. There’s a dead spot right next to where it was, so when that area itches, it is HELL to scratch. I moved to the back, but I could still see the front, and pulled my shoe off to scratch it. That was when Shift Leader 1 walks around the corner. She’d seen me on camera while getting change. I explain the problem, she says ‘Oh, okay. Just be careful and stay back here until you’re done.’
That next day, Foofy and I had a man walk in. We waited on him and when his transaction finished, he asked if we were the ‘Ghost Girls’. (Side note- we have a little non-profit ‘business’ on the side of investigating claims of hauntings in the area, so we get a LOT of customers asking this. Manager’s cool with people setting up appointments with us, as long as no one is waiting in line while we do it.). We chat with him for a few minutes over it and when another customer comes in, he leaves so we can work.
About 30 minutes later, I’m called in the office by Shift Leader 2.
Shift Leader 2: Terah, a customer told me you were walking around without shoes or socks on.
Terah: …the hell? SL2, I haven’t had my shoes off. They only come off when I’m in the back on my lunch break, you know this.
Shift Leader 2: Well, this same customer also said you were standing around, talking, and making people wait until you were done to wait on them.
Terah: Now THAT is a lie! I’ve been here all of 90 minutes, you can ask Foofy! I’ve been ratted on one too many times for something like this to even THINK about pulling that shit!
Shift Leader 2: I’m supposed to write you up, but I’m just going to let you off with a warning. Don’t tell anyone.
Now that was my first clue. I knew it couldn’t be a ‘customer’, because she wouldn’t have cared if I told Foofy what was going on. I knew it had to be Rat, because he had worked with me the day before, and was with me that day, too.
The day after this, Tuesday, Shift Leader 2 came up to me and said ‘Terah, watch your back. I didn’t want to say anything, but someone is out to get you.’
I said ‘No, no. It’s cool. I’m just gonna talk to Manager.’
I explained to Shift Leader 1 about my suspicions and the next time I saw the manager, I told her what I’ve said here.
You know what? She flat out said ‘Yes, it was Rat. He came to me saying you needed to be fired. I told him he’s not a Shift Leader at this store, and even then only I have that power here. I felt like nothing was done wrong. You were spoken too over your itch, and I watched the cameras. You’re fine, Terah.’
He went to El, saying that I needed to be fired. And Foofy, and Stumpy, and both my Shift Leaders. Pretty much half of my shift.
El came to the store and spoke to him directly.
The woman who is the boss of my boss came to the store, IN PERSON, and told this little weasel that the next time he tries going over my manager’s head, HE will be the one without the job.
What do you think, RHU? Is this a victory?