(Closed) I need opinions on some possibly legal stuff/ problems with manager -really long

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Chrysoberyl:  Your Fiance should be able to vouch for you that you arrived at his apt at the time that you arrived. Which should prove that you couldn’t have stopped at the gas station on your way home.

ETA: Lydia is pretty dumb for not calling the card companies and reporting them missing.

Post # 4
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151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Chrysoberyl:  If there is no evidence – it is all accusations so nothing can really happen. However, it can be quite uncomfortable. Personally, I would get ahead of it. Speak to her directly, ask her directly if she is saying these things – tell her you are feeling harrassed. (I would use that word intentionally) I would also document all this (times and dates) and be ready to go to a district manager or HR of the company you work for.

 

Post # 7
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2863 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

She can’t press charges on you when you didn’t take anything. You need to go straight to your boss and then to HR, she can and should be disicplined for spreading work place gossip that you stole something. Do not let this go, she can not do that to you. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I hope she can’t just press charges with no evidence. If she says someone used it at the gas station then they can easily look at surveillance footage to see who used the card (this happened to my brother and cops looked @ store footage). If I were you I in the future would leave EVERYTHING in my locked car. Don’t bring a purse or jacket in etc just walk in with your work apron and have it on you AT ALL TIMES and don’t use a work locker, this isn’t because I think your stuff will get stolen but if this Lydia is as bitchy and accusatory as you say (it seems like she has it out for you) then she may plant her wallet or other valuables in your locker or coat etc and then get you busted. So in order to avoid that I wouldn’t take anything in youself and apron. She sounds like a crazy bitch and like she has it out for you. Can you talk to your HR about her?

 

Post # 9
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2863 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Do NOT confront her directly. There is no need to do that and it will only cause the situation to escalate further. You already have everything written down, just be sure to write down all the people who have told you that she is spread the word that you stole her wallet. I am so angry for you, what total BS. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

First I’d go to the store manager and let her know the whole situation. Then, in turn, the store manager needs to talk to Lydia. Lydia is serious danger of losing her job with throwing all the accusations around. The police will investigate. And, it is possible, that the police will be able to get a picture of the vehicle, and or person at the gas station. But I would do this ASAP.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m no expert, but I don’t think she can just press charges with no evidence. Did the police even talk to you about this? If not, they probably don’t even consider you a suspect regardless of what Lydia thinks.

I’d schedule an appointment with your general manager to discuss the situation. Tell him that you understand that she’s upset about the wallet, but you didn’t do it and she has no actual evidence you did. Tell him that you will cooperate fully with the police investigation, but her gossiping and accusing you of theft is serious and it’s very disruptive to the work environment. Hopefully your manager can talk to Lydia and ask her to stop discussing the matter with coworkers. Would it be possible to transfer to a different store? or work a different schedule to avoid seeing Lydia?

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I know this is a distressing situation for you, but it inappropriate to ask for legal advice from strangers on the internet in the same way that it is inappropriate to ask for medical advice.

You should be leery of anyone who purports to be a lawyer who tells you what to do online. No good lawyer is going to give an opinion without discussing the situation personally with you.

If you feel you need legal advice, phone a lawyer.

 

Post # 13
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4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Chrysoberyl:  I don’t see why they wouldn’t believe him unless he has a history of being untrustworthy or other evidence appears that proves one of you wasn’t at his apartment.

………………..couldn’t one of the zillions of customers have taken her wallet? Couldn’t it have fallen out of her pocket while she was on her way to her locker at the begining of her shift and someone saw it and took it? Does she even have proof that she had her wallet at the store to begin with (maybe it was stolen while she was running errands earlier that day).

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