In any case, I have something else of a less-positive nature to write about. Well, two things actually. First of all, a pointed "screw you" to any and everybody who at any point from the beginning of time until now has referred to them as "snow kitt(y/ies)". It is demeaning, insulting, and childish. I more or less learned to live with it being used by Dan and Xion and such, but if the past couple days haven't been annoying enough for trying to search for directions for how to do things in OS X and seeing snow leopard-this or snow leopard-that, seeing it referred to as "snow kitty" is even worse. Secondly - and this is far more serious (or should I say "grave"?), I was written up at work last night.
For what? Not being ready to count my till until 7:57, despite a note being up next to the schedule(s) at least since I got back saying that everybody was to be ready to work ten minutes before their shift started. The amusing part was how Gabby waited until we were outside and thus presumably clocked out to ask me to sign it - in retrospect, I could've refused, on the grounds that I was no longer on the clock, but I took it and read what she had to say anyway. It was mostly to the effect of the aforementioned - that I wasn't ready to start at the required time, but then she went on to say that as it was a "recurring problem", she recommended I be suspended for two days on either this schedule, or the next. First of all, to that, take a step back and look at the situation for a minute. That is the first time I've been written up for that, therefore a verbal reprimand is all that can be done. If it happens again, I can be suspended, and if it happens a third time within 3 months from yesterday, I could be fired.
Anyway, she went back inside while I read it, and came back out just as I was getting my pen out of my uniform-pants pocket to write a rebuttal, so I told her she'd need to give me a minute. My response was as follows (not word for word though, obviously): the schedule (in this case) said that my shift started at 8pm. Not 7:57, or 7:50, or any other time for that matter, and it was (and still is) my understanding that I'm not being paid for that time, so why should I be expected to start early? If it's really busy and somebody actually asks me to start at 7:30, for example, then yes, I probably will, but otherwise, no. Also, just assuming we are supposed to be paid for that time, there's another slight problem. The rule about us being required to be out within an hour after closing came about because Melissa literally didn't have the hours to allow us to be there any longer. With that in mind, assuming everybody clocks in ten minutes early, every day of the week. That's at least six people a day, which is an extra hour, and at the end of the week, which I presume is the length of time hours are kept track of by, that's seven hours! Honestly, I don't get it. I used to get in trouble for starting 10~15 minutes early, and using that time to get various closing-necessities done that I might not have time to do otherwise, and now that's been reversed? Please make up your mind, Melissa, Mike, Shawn, or whoever else is responsible for this. I do expect to be talked to about it tomorrow night, but if they try to do anything more than that, I'll remind of what I mentioned above - that I haven't been written up for this before. And if it changes again, just... no. I will have something to say about that.
I get that the idea is to make it easier and faster to switch shifts, but in that case, I don't see why it's so hard to just ask the two people who will be on a cash position to start early, as that would carry the benefit of adding only an hour and twenty minutes to each week. Sure, there are certain managers who would rather leave the decision of who will be on what to the staff themselves, but I could deal with going in and being told "You're on drive through tonight, so you need to be ready to go at ten-to", and might actually suggest that, should I have the opportunity tomorrow.
Having said that, I can't think of what else I was going to write about now, so I will end this here. My desktop currently needs much work, so I might as well focus on that instead~