A couple of years ago, I worked 2nd shift in a truck stop. I enjoyed
working there, as we had a decent management team and fairly decent
coworkers. Which is why what follows surprised me so much.
Second shift ran until 12:30a. Around 11:30a, my manager came running
down the stairs and informed that the corporate visit had been moved
up to the next day and she needed me to take the product off the
shelves and clean the shelves in between customers and restocking. I
was fine with this.
We were unusually busy that night, so by the time my relief had come
in, I had only done about 20 percent of the shelves. My manager came
down, surveyed my work, and told me I needed to finish before I went.
Again, I was fine with this, as I am with any overtime!
I counted down my register and left the customers to the 3rd shift
worker. About 10 minutes later, my boss comes back down and beckons
me over. She tells me that she forgot to tell me, but I need to clock
out and finish because the store didn’t have any hours leftover. I
told her I refused to work off the clock. She then told me I was
clocking out no matter what, and the only choice was whether or not I
still had a job when I was clocked out.
At this point, I was extremely irritated. I told her I would love to
clock out and I would spend my spare time the next day calling the
labor commission. As soon as I said that, she magically decided that
the store did have enough hours for me to stay clocked in!
I think it’s over at this point, so I finish the shelves and go home
by 2a. When I come in the next day, I am greeted by the GM as soon as
I walk in the door. He tells me not to clock in and to follow him to
He informs me that I am fired. When I ask him why, he tells me for
unauthorized overtime! When I try explaining to him that is was
authorized by the shift manager, he informs me that threatening her
to get the overtime did not count as authorized.
So at this point, I’m completely done with the whole company and walk
I called the labor commission as soon as I got home to lodge a
complaint against. Unfortunately, I don’t know what came of it.