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Reached a breaking point today...




Today was a living nightmare for me. Before the day even started, I knew it was going to be a long day because my order for the dairy department was fairly larger than my usual order. The reason being because last week, the big boss came in and wasn't happy with how many "holes" I had in my department the day after we had a truck (holes meaning empty spots where things like cheese and butter should be). So yeah, extra large order to hopefully cover any "holes" this week.

Anyway, when the truck arrived (fortunately, not nearly as late as the last one was), I went to start unloading it. The first pallet I pull out, the one behind it makes a loud CRASH!!!

...it's my dairy order...all over the floor of the truck because the warehouse barely wrapped it and stacked it poorly (as usual)...

...on top of that, on another pallet...buried under heavy meat items...are my milk and eggs....smashed... So yeah, not a good start.

So insert everyone scrambling to get everything off the floor of the truck and onto a cart, then getting the rest of the truck unloaded.

After that, things start getting back to normal somewhat. Except for the fact that we have triple the normal flow of customers today (food stamps were sent out today), so insert everyone scrambling to check out and sack groceries while trying to put up a truck...

Lunch break was non-existent for me, and I ended up just grabbing my lunch from my grandma in a hurry and throwing it in a cooler. By the time I finally had a chance to even touch it, my hot pocket was a cold pocket. And I still didn't have time to eat it, so insert me trying to eat it in like 2 bites or so before rushing back to more carry outs...

Now it's about an hour or so before I have to clock out. There's still dairy to put up...and I'm still scrambling around doing a million things at once. I had help with putting things up, but I get a few more things thrown my way, scramble to do them, and try to jump back on dairy... My heart is pounding out of my chest at this point and I had just about reached my breaking point...

30 minutes to go, and still a lot of dairy to put up...a feed truck pulls up...and apparently, one of my managers felt like I should go help unload a few tons of feed...

...and that's when I snapped.

I think I said something along the lines of "I have all this dairy that still needs to go up, and now I have to unload feed? I can't do the work of 5 people! I'm done!"

I turned around, went to clock out, and simply walked out of the store and down the street, throwing my name tag down along the way.

...and I kept walking...

Called my grandma, who was already on her way to pick me up since it was nearly time for me to go home anyway, and asked her to come asap.

...and I kept walking...

By the time I see her driving up, I'm well outside of town and down the highway...heart still pounding, head hurting, having trouble breathing from an asthma attack (forgot my inhaler...), and about ready to cry...

I had had it with that job, and I honestly never wanted to see that store...or another gallon of milk...again.

After getting home though, I calmed down, and I know I need that job. I mean, where else can I go? So hopefully I still have it tomorrow when I go in...



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Post on 10th October 2017, 8:05 pm by Meyneth

Well now you do have some retail experience, so getting another job *Theoretically* should be easier.

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Post on 10th October 2017, 8:11 pm by Orcapon

Ouch. I get how you feel, my place has been draining me lately but I haven't reached your point yet (thankfully higher ups know I'm being crushed by workload and changing things to help but that's not important). I hope things work out for you Joey. Even if they let you go I'm positive someone like you can find someplace. You're hard working and determined to do your tasks. Heck look at everything you've managed to accomplish at that store, in charge of a whole department! Maybe the higher ups at your store will realize you're just one person and help you out a bit more? I hope so at least. Either way, I'll pray for things to work out for you!

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Post on 10th October 2017, 8:31 pm by Greece

I hate it when the higher ups just keeping give out more and more work, even when you can barely handle the current situation. I had some trouble like this at walmart (though they were different) where management just assumes that if they ask you to do ten different things they'll all get done with time to spare. You can stock X and Y while helping costumers, covering for over people while they go to lunch and being making sure you don't do any overtime (They really hate having people work overtime, don't want to pay more). Then they get mad when not everything is done to perfection.

I'm not sure what my point was any more, but they need to understand that one person is one person. Not a machine. I'm going to keep you in my prayers, stay tall my friend. You are a good person and a hard worker.

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Post on 10th October 2017, 10:09 pm by Truthseeker4449

I work with assuming management all the time and it's grinding on my nerves to where I'm planning to quit in a few months if long promised pieces don't click into place. Granted I'm not the fastest guy in the shop actually I'm the slowest, but I care about doing a good job and care about cleanliness and keeping equipment in good working order, something that very few of my coworkers do.

I've had my breakdowns before. Hell I had one in my first week. I've snapped at management multiple times. I work with assholes, though that one pretty much comes with the job. My poor social skills lead to misunderstandings or awkward situations.

My advice is walk in on time, and apologize to your supervisor and ask to sit down a convenient time to talk about what sounds like staffing shortages and being asked to do too much at once.

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Post on 11th October 2017, 6:02 pm by jokool

Good news is that I still have my job and everything went smoothly today when I came back in. First thing I did was go up to one of the managers (not the one that got on my nerves) and asked her if I still had my job. She laughed and said "Of course!" Everyone was just glad to see me back. Even found my nametag and put it back on (still the same one I got when I first started working there back in April 2015). Hopefully things keep going smoothly.

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Post on 11th October 2017, 8:02 pm by Greece

That's great! I hope they'll check the work loads they put on people.

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