First off, I wish to apologize in advance if I sound racist at all. What you’re about to hear is not intended to bigoted or racist in any way, it’s just the way it happened.
A long time ago, we had a new manager take over at our store who had previously worked at another one. Almost immediately, she started hiring a lot of minority teenagers, which I heard may have been an attempt to give the store a diverse image, but I can’t be sure.
A lot of these kids (I know they were teenagers, but they were under eighteen and they acted rather immature) were notorious for not actually doing their job well. Instead, they would often gossip in their native tongues and sometimes talk badly about the manager behind her back, while paying little attention to their customers and causing lines to back up to the center of the store.
Some of them wound up being fired for some reason or other, at least one of whom was caught stealing and their parents had to come in.
We had one kid (who we’ll call Paul) who, in the past, would come in and try to talk with us like we were buddies. The thing is, he would always get my name wrong and then pretend that he forgot what it was until I reminded him. It happened several times and it was quite annoying.
Unfortunately, Paul ended up getting hired. He was a total slacker who was always goofing off and trying to ‘act cool.’ All he did was come off as quite annoying.
Paul also liked to mess around with other workers. At least once I was vacuuming the store when the plug came unplugged. I went to plug it back in when my vacuum started up again. I knew it was him because he was the only one up there, but he denied it.
In another case, a co-worker of mine was straightening up a shelf with shampoos on it. Paul was on the other side in another aisle, when he reached over and shoved the bottles over. When she confronted him about it, he openly denied it. I saw it, I knew it happened.
Also, when people ordered out, Paul would try to bum free food off of them. I learned that he did it to other people as well. Not to mention, when I told one of my supervisors about how I felt about him, he told me the manager was itching for a reason to fire him. And let me tell you, my manager was very strict, so the fact he hadn’t been fired by now showed she was being very lenient.
What ended up happening was an incident that I wasn’t there for but was relayed to me by my co-workers. There was a girl who had special needs who had come into the store and ended up spilling something by accident. Paul had always been known for mouthing off, but apparently he said something to the girl that ended up making her cry. The manager immediately found out and told Paul to be in the following Monday for a meeting regarding his employment (as this was during the weekend.)
When Monday came around, he never showed up (unsurprisingly) so he was apparently let go. There was a lot of rejoicing amongst us.