2006
12.06

So. This is the third person to quit who has worked under me.

The first I really didn’t care either way. He was just an annoyance who kinda looked like a worm…

The second was Ben.

The latest is Joel. And not like Billy Joel “Joel” – but Jo-EL. Okay. Ben the second multiplied with attitude.

From day one this kid came in with tall tales of island hopping and layers of conflicting adventures. He’s never sold drugs but he’s sold drugs, and he tells jokes that aren’t funny. All trying to impress me.

But I’m not here for you to impress. I’m here to make sure the store runs properly so I can go home and impress myself. His disinterested attitude was present on day two when he told me all things he could be doing instead but he was waiting on this job. Yeah, okay. Sure.

He couldn’t follow the idiot-proof policies or the alphabetical grifting guide designed to aid you in the pursuit of other people’s pennies. He didn’t listen and didn’t follow. He really didn’t want to be there, so why was he there?

To top it all off, after having an entire week off, he calls me at 11:30pm to tell me he’s not coming in the next morning. When I tell him there is no one else to cover he waves around a spitefully transparent excuse knowing the whole time that I would then be working day 7 straight open to close. I was looking forward to my day off with my boyfriend and our new dog Chimi Changa, too.

And so Sunday as I’m writing sale number three with pen in hand, my district manager calls me and before I can get through good evening:

DM: “WHY DIDNT YOU TELL ME JOEL JUST QUIT?”

Me: “WHAT?”

DM: “HE DIDN’T TELL YOU HE JUST QUIT? YOU CAN’T HAVE YOUR VACATION NOW BECAUSE THERE WON’T BE ANYONE ELSE TO WORK IN YOUR STORE!”

Me: “NO THIS ISN’T MY FAULT I TOLD ALL OF YOU THAT THIS KID DIDNT CARE AND HE WASN’T GETTING IT AND HE WAS GOING TO QUIT! Besides, is he really worth keeping? He has a week off and gets sick outta nowhere? Come’ on!”

I’m still getting my vacation. But my poor customer was standing there staring at me as I went from Mother Teresa to Medusa to Madonna.

I have never been more relieved to see someone go. I think the only reason he stayed at all was so he could flatter himself with the idea that he some kind of slingshot to get in my pants. Not that I’m super- but I’m pretty sure. He did bring me stuff almost every day for like a week.

So now I’m stuck with the pregnant chick that I had that catfight with; ever since we’ve been getting along fine though. Mostly because we have to.

Holiday. Vacay. Oooo yay.

  1. The good thing is you don’t have to work with him anymore. It was really unprofessional of your district manager to call and act like that on the phone though..

  2. I’m happy I’m not working in your place. That kid sounded pretty annoying but youth now a days… I hope you get some better colleagues now.

  3. Nan on December 6, 2006 at 3:35 am said:

    That kid sounded pretty annoying but youth now a days…

    BINGO! I had several old timers at my work talking about the work ethics of our youth nowadays and you know what? I have to agree with them. I’m not saying all of our youths are slackers but I’ve noticed that there seems to be more youthful slackers than there are older ones.
    With that being said, I’m taking a month off from work just because I can =)

  4. R&C’s Dildo on December 6, 2006 at 1:35 pm said:

    Nan on December 6, 2006 at 3:35 am said:

    That kid sounded pretty annoying but youth now a days…

    BINGO! I had several old timers at my work talking about the work ethics of our youth nowadays and you know what? I have to agree with them. I’m not saying all of our youths are slackers but I’ve noticed that there seems to be more youthful slackers than there are older ones.
    With that being said, I’m taking a month off from work just because I can =)