- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
I recently started a job in retail, working at Dick’s sporting goods. First off, I just moved to Michigan from Kentucky, I’ve been here with my husband about a month now. All of my family is in Kentucky, or even further away. So I have no connections/friends/family here. My husband has some family that live here, but they are a few hours away so we don’t see them all the time, either. So after living in Ky my whole life, now here I am in this new place, newly married, just trying to adjust. That’s the background.
So I’m at this new job, today was only my 2nd day. The last day I worked was a week ago, and I trained for MAYBE 1/2 hour with the Apparel leader before she had to leave for the day. And I was in the apparel department by myself for the rest of my shift, which was like 5 hours. Today, I worked with the same girl maybe an hour, and I was alone in the department again. If you’re familiar with the store, apparel is probably 75% of the store. So each person is expected to maintain their department, but I do have a significantly larger area that I have to clean up.
I probably paid too much attention to detail, and went rack by rack, straightening things up. I didn’t want to half ass it, so it took me a while. At the end, I had to have help from my manager and a couple of other people just to look things over. Doesn’t seem like a huge deal to me.
I think my manager was trying to just pick with me, but he made me feel like sh*t. Our convo was kinda like this:
Manager:what made it take so long? The store hasn’t been busy. *laughs*
Me: Well every time I came to a rack, something was out of place..so I would walk around trying to put things back where they belong. I don’t know where everything is so it took me a while.
Manager: oh of course, you’re new, you don’t know anything, blah blah blah *laughs*
Me: well this is only my second day..I haven’t even been in Michigan but only a month now.
Manager: what does michigan have to do with anything? you’re full of excuses girl *laughs again*
At that point, I walked off because my eyes were watering. Whether he was kidding with me or not, I got upset. I realize people here probably don’t care but this has been nothing but a time of major change in my life. Lots of things have changed for me in a short time and it’s been rough. All I’ve done is try to do a good job but I feel like they are just nit-picking with me already.
Not to mention, we were leaving the store a little early. So I was walking down to the front, and the manager was like come on!! we’re waiting on you!! I said sheesh, I’m coming! and this girl was like “we still have sh*t to do..” I’ve already noticed this girl having a snobby, know it all attitude with me. So that just sent me over the edge.
I just cried when I got in the car, and the whole drive home. I was at my old job 3 years before I moved, and I knew all there was to know about it. Now I’m here, people look at me like I’m some kind of side show freak because I’m not from around here. and I try to do something for myself and get a job and it seems like people just want to test me.
Anyway, I’ll quit complainin.