Yeah, it's been a while since I've written anything
regarding my job at Family Fare. Things, for me at least, got better once the new
manager in another department left a note to the store director saying how each time
he saw me I was working very hard. Now that the store director actually has something
to base his opinion of me on--aside from quick glimpses from up in his office--he's
pretty alright. At least sometimes.
This isn't to say that he's left other people alone though. A while ago, the store director
and I were in the back room when the backroom lights went off for a split
second and then back on. "What was that?" he asked, and I told him that someone must
have accidentally bumped the switch in the bottle room that controls all the backroom lights.
He raised his voice, asked, "Who did that?"
"I did," one of the baggers said, "I was hit that switch by accident instead of the other one".
It was an honest mistake, and if y'ask me no big deal but the store director felt he needed
to yell, "Don't you ever do that again, that is a safety light!"
The bagger sounded pretty upset when she tried to explain herself, only to be interrupted by him again.
The really odd thing about the whole experience was that while he was yelling, he kept
winking at me, like it was some bizarre joke or that he got some weird sort
of enjoyment from the whole thing.
They've changed my shifts so I no longer work the 4pm-2am, instead working 8am-3pm, which
is nice. Now I only have to get the flats of products from the trucks
into the freezer or cooler instead of having to take all the products out of their boxes
and stock them. There are a lot fewer things for me to do nowadays, especially the way
my manager likes to order things. Adding to this, business has been slower and slower as I've worked
there and their new favorite thing to do is make me go home early. In the past four times I've
worked, they've cut me a total of nine hours and forty minutes, which is quite a bit of money when you
multiply it by 6.50 an hour. There was a rumor that Family Fare had missed budget by
a long shot and had to cut labor within a week or face shutdown. I don't know how true that
is, but the fact that myself nor any of the baggers have had a full day in the past week supports that.