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I am a former bookseller who was there for twelve years. I loved the job, but left because I was being forced out. I got a not at standards evaluation, followed by two IPs. The accusations came out of nowhere. I had to leave or else I would have been terminated due to poor job performance. SM manufactured things, ASM and MM went along. SM had favorites who could do anything.

I would like to hear from others with similar stories and also from curremt booksellers who are facing the same treatment.


Jan. 4th, 2016 08:00 pm (UTC)
Spent five years with B&N. Total call-out-sick days, seven. Picked up a lot of shifts, was excellent in Kids and in Music/Movies as well as at Info. Customers asked specifically for me, because if it was in the store, I could find it.

One Saturday, an actual Saturday off, I got sick--fever of 102, nausea, sore throat and no voice. Called out on Sunday, manager on duty told me to get better soon.

Went back to work on Monday, still not at my best and hoarse. Assistant manager called me into the office, told me how very very suspicious it is that I called out on a Sunday after a Saturday off. She can only assume that I was conspiring to get a full weekend off, and I will be written up for this sin.

I demonstrated (by coughing wetly and speaking hoarsely) that I was in fact sick, and still was a bit symptomatic.

She demanded to see a doctor's note.

I pointed out that I was sick on a Sunday, a day when doctors' offices are not generally open, and thus did not have one. I also pointed out that I very rarely called out, that surely my 4.5 years' work history would reflect that I was not the sort to fake sick, and that Sunday's manager hadn't indicated that there was any issue with my calling out.

Not only do I have no proof (please ignore the phlegm I'm hacking into my hands) that I was sick, now I'm being disrespectful! She wrote me up then and there, watched while I wrote my rebuttal and signed the damn thing, made sure I knew that this would be looked upon poorly at my next review in three months, and threw in that this little interview would count as my 15-minute break, so I'd better get back out to the Info Desk.

In three months, when that same manager informed me magnanimously that the store would overlook my "history of calling out" and keep me on for another year with no raise and an assurance that she personally would be keeping an eye on my schedule and any suspicious absences, I took a small amount of mean pleasure in handing her my two-weeks-notice then and there.
Jan. 18th, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC)
I also rarely took sick days (lost many of them by not using within the year). One day (may have been a Saturday) I had a very bad cold/sore throat so I called early to say I was sick. I was told that two other people had called off before me so I "had to" come in. I did, and felt horrible all day. Should have stayed home & let them write me up. Reviews were BS anyway, since raises only go to a set number of employees and are (unofficially) phased out for longer-term employees, to encourage lower-paid staff to stay longer.


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