Bobbie the manager called me today. Actually, she called my parent’s house, no idea why since they have my number and always called here before. So I called her back.
She said that things weren’t working out and they’d have to let me go. I asked why and she said that other employees had been complaining that I hadn’t been pulling my weight.
They never mentioned anything to me about it before. I don’t know in what way I hadn’t been pulling my weight. If there’s a to-do list, I would do the items on it. If there was stuff to put out, I’d put it out. If a customer needed help, I’d help them. I didn’t come in 10-15 minutes late like Megan would and stand at the register, ignoring other customers who wanted to check out, and talk to my friend for a hour. I wasn’t like Maggie and didn’t come in a half-hour, 45 minutes late and then not ring out a single customer all night at the register and instead just rearranged all the merchandise while not greeting or asking a single customer if they needed help. Maybe they let those two go too, I don’t know. But if they didn’t, then that’s really unfair of them.
Not to mention, they knew I had problems with my hip. Even if I wasn’t as active as the other employees, isn’t it against the physical disability part of the Employee Protection Act to fire me because of it? I don’t know for sure, but it just doesn’t seem fair to me.
I feel both upset and relieved. Upset because, hey, I was fired for the first time! And without prior warnings and rather unfairly too. Upset because I now have no income so if I don’t get that job I’ll be screwed completely. Relieved because I don’t have to deal with being in pain while working there anymore. Relieved because I don’t have to deal the manager’s inability to make a schedule properly. Relieved because if I do get that job, I don’t have to worry about working two jobs at once for two weeks.
I don’t know what to do if I don’t get that job. I don’t want to work retail again, or any job that involves standing or walking for a long period or they might think I’m “not pulling my weight” as well. Office would be best, but I don’t want to answer phones.
I really need that graphics job. Please let me get that job.