I worked at Target for 3 1/2 years in 1983 when I got fired for something I didn't do. I was the highest paid cashier, then, and I later heard that the real reason I was fired was because they could then hire a person to take my place for less money. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS STILL GOING ON! I keep hearing the same exact story of what I went through. Just starting out as a college student, it was a pretty big deal to my ego especially since I didn't do anything wrong.
I was told to go to a room upstairs with a couple of higher ups. Little did I know what I was in for. They kept asking me questions that I didn't understand, such as...
What do you think would look good in your living room?
Then when they figured out that I knew nothing about anything, they hinted toward me stealing something. I still didn't know what they wanted to know.
Since I was young and naive, I didn't know I could leave, so I stayed in there for over 3 hours while they interrogated me.
They told me that they had camera footage of me taking something. I wanted to see the footage but they didn't show it to me and went on to something else.
Finally I was so tired and wanted to go home so bad that I sarcastically said what can I say to make you guys happy so that I can go home? They told me that if I confessed to what they were saying, I could go. So I said ok, I confess. They said to what. I said to whatever you said. They said, so what did you steal. I said, let's see, how about a candy bar, ok, can I go home now? They said ok now we are getting somewhere, how many did you take? I said, jokingly, how about 25.00 worth sound to you?
They then said that I could go, but I was fired, and the 25.00 would come out of my last pay check.
The (not so) funny thing about this whole unfortunate situation is that, at the time, candy bars were .33 cents. That means that I lost my 3 1/2 year job with no prior write ups or problems for 75 CANDY BARS that I supposedly stole.
To make matters worse is that after I contacted a head manager in Denver to tell him what happened, he verbally apologized and said that I would be getting good recommendations to get another job. I applied for several jobs and was told that I pretty much had the job one day, only to be told I didn't the next. Afterwards, the very first time I DIDN'T put Target on my resume, I got the job.
One blogger stated that this happened in the past and we should move on and concentrate on other things. Well, this is still happening after 20 years. It needs to stop.
Another blogger says that people were getting paid too much anyway. Well, I was only making 3.00 more an hour than minimum wage by EARNING my promotions. I wouldn't have cared to stay at that same rate, but what they did to me, hurt me. I could have worked up to be a manager, or at the least, have it on my resume of achievements.
ME AND MY FAMILY HAVE NEVER, AND WILL NEVER SHOP AT TARGET AGAIN BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO SUPPORT ANY STORE THAT TREATS THEIR EMPLOYEE'S SO POORLY FOR ANY REASON.
It would be different if something was done about this, but after 20 years of it still happening, this tells me that ...
TARGET IS ALL ABOUT THE ALL MIGHTY DOLLAR, NO MATTER WHO THEY USE AND TOSS AWAY TO GET IT.
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