Working late is never ideal, especially when it is someone else’s fault. Nobody wants to stay at work longer than they are paid for. If a manager suggested that someone work late because of a late employee, it would be a laughable matter, right? But this event happened to someone for real, and she was not happy about it.
She Was So Frustrated
The TikToker, Gabi, shares her story about being “so irked” about a colleague that almost forced her to work late because they were late. Even the manager seemed to be on the side of the late employee, which led to further frustration.
She Will Not Be Taken Advantage Of
Gabi is 29 years old and works as a store lead at a retail food establishment in Los Angeles. As she suggests, her age indicates that she has worked in this role for some time, and because of that, she will not be taken advantage of.
She Left Frustrated
She knows how she deserves to be treated. But because of what happened with this coworker, Gabi was so frustrated that she left work shaking on this day.
She Will Only Work Her Scheduled Hours
First, Gabi states in the video that because she had worked at this company for a while, she will only work for the hours that she is scheduled and paid for.
Her Commitment to Work-Life Balance
She will work nothing more. When her clock-out time is 1.45 pm, she will clock out and leave at 1.45 pm. The only time Gabi will work longer is if a previous agreement has been made.
She Was Asked to Stay Longer
Yet, on this particular day, nothing had been discussed, yet she was still asked to stay longer for something that wasn’t her fault.
The Coworker Didn’t Show Up
For this particular day, Gabi was working until 2 pm and her coworker was expected in at 1.45 pm.
The 15-minute overlap means that the coworker can successfully take over so the business does not go without an employee for even a minute. Yet, the coworker didn’t show up on time.
The Company Is Clearly “Having Some Issues”
It was only a few days before that another coworker didn’t show up on time. They were 15 minutes late, making Gabi late. Hence, the company is clearly “having some issues”, as Gabi states.
She Was Shaking
On the day that Gabi left shaking, the coworker was not only 15 minutes late, but much more. The coworker wasn’t answering her phone, and her texts were “going green”, meaning they were not delivered successfully.
Gabi tells her manager that the coworker hasn’t arrived and she cannot stay any longer.
Her Coworker Finally Calls
By 2 PM, Gabi’s coworker finally calls and tells her she is going to be late.
There Will Be Nobody to Man the Shop
However, Gabi has already finished and closed out the drawer, so that means the coworker needs to get in as soon as possible to re-open, otherwise there will be nobody there to man the shop.
And Guess What Happened?
After the coworker tells Gabi she is on her way, by which Gabi thinks she is fine to leave, she then proceeds to say that Gabi needs to stay and wait for her.
Gabi doesn’t believe what she is hearing until the manager calls and confirms the same story!
The Manager Calls
It turns out the coworker has told the manager about being late, and the manager responds by suggesting Gabi should stay and wait until the coworker arrives.
She Stands Firm
But Gabi won’t stay! First, she is only staying the hours she is paid for. Second, she has an appointment to get to! If the manager had asked her instead of telling her she needs to stay, maybe things could have been different.
The Manager Blames Gabi
Instead of the manager being upset with the late coworker, they end up being upset with Gabi. They suggest she should at least stay another 10 minutes, but the coworker would be longer.
The issue here is not that the coworker is late, it is that Gabi will not work overtime for something that isn’t her fault.
She Refuses to Wait
Gabi refuses to stay longer and waits for the late coworker. After that, the manager says that they will have to discuss this matter another time, suggesting Gabi is in trouble. She leaves work shaking!
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