I used to work at a dog salon/daycare. At one point, I was the only employee. I opened the shop six mornings a week and I closed it the same six nights. The only other employee who showed up was the store owner, who visited occasionally. For background, I’d worked at the salon for about six months, and for the last two months or so had been the only person there. All of our regulars knew me by name and I imagine had all figured out that I worked there on my own.
So I was working for a diodes company, I was their lead on weekend night shift in the diffusion area, I also worked in different areas while I waited for my diodes to cook, and was certified to work in multiple areas. I ended up getting injured (not on the job) and my doctors made me miss too much work because I couldnt stand the 12 hours needed to work the area. They said if they moved me to a different area where I could stand sometimes and sit other times id be fully released. So I asked about being moved to another department. I was qualified for all of the different departments on the floor. They said no. I asked if they could put me on call then or part-time. They said no. So my doctors kept keeping me off work. One day every other week I missed with a doctor note.
So fast forward a few months and they tell me that they’re going to have to let me go. Of course I get pissed vecause they all knew. But HR had a new guy working and he wasn’t informed of what was happening. So I got attacked at work the week before I was fired by a male employee. He happened to be one of the shift managers favorites and he had to fire him. And he didnt like that at all because I was the big big bosses favorite. So anyway the shift manager that had to fire his favorite employee starts talking to HR about me missing work but neglects to tell him that I had a doctors note for every minute missed. So I get fired.
The following weekend night shift that I would have been working had they not fired me, I get a phone call. Its my work calling me asking if I would tell them how to run this 5 million dollar machine that sprays gold onto the diodes. I of course laugh and tell them I’m sorry I cant tell you how to run it because your not certified to run it. Then told them to go ask the engineer that also knew how to run it. Thats when I’m told that that engineer quit as soon as he found out that they fired me. At this point I’m laughing so hard I’m crying. And said you seriously lost the only two people in this state that knows how to run the brand new machine you paid 5 million dollars for? Oh how I dont feel bad for you. Have a great life guys and get some brains.
Well they never were able to find anyone who knew how to run it. So it just sat there looking pretty filled with gold to spray on diodes that were never going to get used. And to rub salt into that wound they tried to fight me on unemployment. But someone stole my file from HR and deleted all my work history out of the computers. After we went to court I called the head HR guy who had just lost his case and let him know to start looking for another job because they were going to fire him for losing that case. He didnt believe me 1 month later he was fired the shift manager who started this crap was fired and my shift manager was demoted.
One of our customers had been coming to our salon since before I worked there. He often forgot to pick his dog up after it had been groomed. Sometimes the salon’s phone would show he’d called hours after we’d closed, sometimes he just showed up the next day looking for his pet. I don’t know what his deal was but he was, to say the least, incredibly unreliable when it came to time management.