This story was originally posted on October 05, 2011
I was reading this post by Laughing Barista and it made me remember of something shitty that the Witch from Dicks did.
Before I go into to it I should say that when I was a kid I had bone cancer in my left femur 3 times. I'm alright now and I'm 10 years cancer free!!! But sometimes, my left leg gets stiff and throbs and I limp when on it for a while. I tend to stretch it out when it gets stiff. (important info for later)
We had an LP audit at my location because frankly...our store sucked and it was a red alert store. Many LP people came and our DM, as well as the regional manager. It was also crazy busy too, so answering LP question while checking out/ helping customers caused me much stress.
During my 7th hour working with no break in sight my leg started shaking and was in much pain. EVERYONE, bosses, coworkers, and some regular knew of the cancer I had so when they stretch it, they knew I was in pain.
I was dying down and I took all of 5 seconds stretching it when the Witch, DM, and RM came up to me. Here's hat was said (and I'm paraphrasing since it was a while back)
Witch: What do you think you're doing?
Me: Just stretching. My leg is in pain.
RM: If you can't preform the simplest of tasks as a CSS then you can always be a customer.
Me: I had bone cancer as a child and I've been standing 7 hours straight with no break.
DM: Then why didn't you regulate your break?
Witch: When there are no customers you are to be doing other tasks and I caught you slacking off and doing nothing. We are not paying you to do nothing.
Me: With all due respect, I haven't had a break because you said I couldn't until the rush was gone. I did your job and mine while these gentleman are here, which I have no problem with because we are team. But you have not had cancer and you don't know how bad this hurts and if I can take 5 seconds to stretch, I will be fine.
Witch: Consider this your break then. Carolhell
Then they walk away. I was at the point of tears I was so angry.
After my shift finally ended the Witch, DM and RM called me into the office with write up papers for you guessed it. INSUBORDINATION.
I refused to sign it. I couldn't call HR, since HR was basically THERE. I called the BBB, and a month after that incident the Witch wrote me up for something else so it wouldn't look like she was punishing me for speaking up. As CSS I had to check in all shipment and document it in our log..and I put the previous day's date as that day by mistake, so she wrote me up for a paperwork error.
For a company that prides themselves on their charitable xmas time events for St. Judes Children Cancer Research Center, they certainly employs and sides with management who punishes their workers....FOR HAVING CHILDHOOD CANCER.
So if you're at Dicks during xmas time, don't make your St Judes donation there; write a check to the hospital instead :)
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