I joined the ranks of the unemployed today. I closed yesterday evening, and even though the branch manager had decided to fire me then, he ordered nothing to be said to me until today. So I came in at my usual time, drove all the way to ‘Cruces just to be fired and sent packing.
And the reason, the little petty excuse he finally found to fire me? I took a check for $18 that was dated for January 2012 when we’re 2013 that bounced because it was stale-dated. Okay, you could kinda understand the reprimand there….not a termination. Except, hold up wait a minute. I took that check back in January, when, you know, as a courtesy we were taking checks dated January 2012 instead of 2013 for the entire month because people always take a little time adjusting to the new year and writing the correct year on checks.
Truth was, the branch manager just wanted me gone. Last time he was acting as temporary branch manager at our branch he was gung-ho about getting rid of certain people and I was one of the ones he didn’t like then, but not one of the two he really had in for. He was eventually sent to another branch because of the friction he cause, but not before the aforementioned two employees were fired. Then he got the branch manager position permanently and he’s had it in for me since the get go. Petty write ups when he can, threw me on 90 day probation for supposedly talking down to him when he was the one who talked snidely to me. Then spiteful little punishments. Like mandatory cleaning the parking lot and atms every morning even though those are jobs that the tellers rotate, they become only my jobs. Do it or a write up. So what if only part timers work the weekends and you’re a full timer, work Saturdays or it’s a write up. If we need coverage in T or C you go or it’s a write up.
I might have been fired today, but the truth is, I was ready to walk a long time ago. The other people I worked with though made it fun and for them I am thankful. I could never have kept my sanity without them.