My biggest issue from my last job is co-workers and of course the ever tyrannous Customers. I worked at the local North Dakota Wal-fart's lawn and garden center (I had applied for an electronics position so they decided to put me out of my element i guess.) Where I did everything from Cashier to Floor 'associate'/errand boy. A few of my co-workers where amazing, The kind of people that would make you laugh even at the worst of times to make you feel better then offer to help with your shift.
But a fair amount of the folks in the garden center including my old CSM or 'Customer service manager' were lying blood thirsty creatures talking behind each others backs. Personally I tried to stay out of their way so they left me alone most times unless someone tried to blame me for something. But the CSM and customers got really bad from around February till the time I quit/was fired in November.
Now I'm not sure what this is worth to you readers out there but I'm gayer then a two dollar bill and that isn't something I show in public or even privately most times. The kind that when someone finds out the don't believe it unless they see proof because I just don't act it in the slightest bit. (Probably from the years I've hidden that fact because of the negative media and mindset.) and around February last year they where working on adding gays to a protected list up here in North Dakota.
Up until that point people like me could be fired from our jobs (Like I had been from my last job) or evicted from apartments or other such things just because we where gay. And apparently that made every person think there anti gay opinions suddenly needed to be told to every other random person who was forced to listen (I.E. The poor slaves running the register required to ask "How are you today?" even if we didn't care to hear them spout the same non-sense as the last customer.)
So every day of that month I endured people insulting what I was and telling me people like me didn't deserve to be treated equally because of a 'choice' we made, and comparing us to child molesters or rapists, even though they had no idea that I was gay.
Back to the story, at some point my CSM found out I was gay either he caught a glimpse of me out with a guy (Which in itself is a very rare occasion since they are so hard to find around here), or one of my friends went running their mouth. Either way it felt like he made it his personal mission to make my life miserable by any means necessary (But for some reason never told my co-workers or they never believed him).
Everything from skipping out on his work leaving it for me (Since he was morning shift i was closing shift) or saying things under his breath when he walked past me. Between him and every other 'self righteous' custy, and their hell spawn with poisoned minds, I came home and cried.
Eventually the law passed and we where given a few rights up here in the frozen north but that didn't halt my CSM's insults and stuff. I filed numerous harassment reports but management never acknowledge them in any way. Even though the company CBL training program said sexuality was protected, the written rules and harassment forums with information conveniently left sexual preference off the list of things associates can be punished for apparently.
Eventually I had to stop showing up because I couldn't deal with that anymore and a short while later they informed me I was fired.
To this day they never took any action and I was informed said CSM quit and moved on to a bigger better job still as a Customer service person. (Hopefully he has to deal with a level of customer hell unbeknown to anyone before.)
Now don't take me wrong I'm not saying North Dakota is a horrible place full of bigots and hate, aside from everything it's still a wonderful place with many wonderful people. It's just the assholes always have a louder voice.
Good day and have a good rest of the week.--Gayboy color