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  1. I'm not going to use his name because I don't want to get shit for it but I work at a Giant Eagle (grocery store based in Pennsylvania and Ohio) and I have a boss (the store manager) named "Kevin James". Now I don't mind work, my job title is utility clerk and my job is to bag groceries, push carts and be positive and happy to customers. I work hard every single day and strive to be the best, now my direct boss: "Shannon" likes me and says I get the most customer compliments every day. She appreciates my hard work and positive attitude especially because I am reliable and consistent. Kevin James on the other hand doesn't just hate me, but everyone. However it's not the hate that gets me, I'll take being hated any day. He's fucking retarded and MEAN.

    Let me explain what happened one day that got to me a little bit. So every morning we have carts in the lobby and reserve carts outside. So naturally as customers come in the carts in the lobby slowly disappear, so as a cart pusher you can only bring so many carts back into the lobby because most of them are in the store shopping. So Kevin James sees that the lobby is almost empty and yells at us because were not doing our job fast enough. So I say: "There are no carts out there can I grab some off the reserves?" And he says: "Theres carts out there, I bet if I paid you more you'd find them. Go outside and get the carts!" BUT THERE ARE NO CARTS OUT THERE! No matter how you argue him you're not allowed to grab off the reserves, when he is gone we just do it anyway but WTF? Anyway this is just a normal everyday thing, something way worse has happened this past Monday.

    Just so you know my Dad has worked at Giant Eagle for 37 years and is the most respected employee because he does his work and makes everyone happy. He comes in on time every day and even works during his breaks if he has to to get stuff done. He is the best employee anyone could ever be (this isn't biased if you guys could come to the store and ask anyone who their hardest worker is they'd say my dad). And he'd never complained about work until Kevin James was hired... ANYWAY...

    So Shannon and Kevin were standing in the lobby watching me push carts and as I walked in I thanked Shannon for giving me 34 hours next week (I usually get 12) and said I can't wait to work, especially because I got opening shift. (The opening shift is 7am-3pm) And of course Kevin said: "Yeah, just don't mess it up like you normally do." This made me mad but I was still determined.

    7am Monday Morning:
    I walked in and did the trash, I swept the floors and cleared the lot. Then Kevin comes in and asks me to move the flowers to the front of the store and sweep the patio, so I respectfully smile and do so. Then I hear on my walkie: "Hey Madison can you tell the young bagger in the front to come back here and get these carts from the back?" You heard right btw, he didn't know my name even though he yells at me everyday for the last year I've worked there. But never mind the worst is to come.

    I walk to the back to see Kevin with a line of carts so I take start to push them away when he asks me: "Did you clear the lot? Did you do the trash? Did you sweep inside and outside? Did you move the flowers?" So I said: "Yes I did them all :)" and he replied: "do you know what your reward is? You get to do the trash all around the inside of the building."

    I replied with "Okay sounds good, I don't mind." I wish I didn't say that though

    Kevin said: "Good man, unlike your dad. Do you know he doesn't like to work? You ever notice that?"

    I walked away, speechless.

    HE INSULTED MY DAD WHO GAVE HIS LIFE TO THIS COMPANY IN FRONT OF MY FUCKING FACE. YELL AT ME ALL YOU WANT YOU STUPID FUCK BUT DON'T EVER TELL ME MY DAD ISN'T A GOOD MAN AND THAT HE DOESN'T DO YOUR WORK. YOU'RE AN ARROGANT PIECE OF SHIT WHO'S BEEN DIVORCED THREE TIMES.

    I'm tired of working for him do you know how hard it is to smile every day when you know he's just gonna yell at you? I have a rash from sweat in a place I don't want to talk about for long hours pushing carts in the hot sun. And I have smiled and said hi to every customer for a whole year to get less than 9 an hour minus union dues. I did the math and I make about 7 an hour. What should I do because I can't take this anymore, it almost make me strangle him, how do I get him fired?

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    2. Tracer

      Tracer

      There are laws usually policies that are there to protect employees from hostility in the workplace. This guy sounds like more than just a dick. He sounds like a hostile worker.

      Definitely contact your Human Resources manager.

      As far as legality...I just did some light research and I can't find anything that says there are laws in place about workplace bullying.

      Like I said. Document.

      Also, while it might be legal to record him in Ohio without him knowing (assuming that the source that plums found on the topic is accurate), it is illegal to do in Pennsylvania as that is what is referred to as a "Two Party Consent State", meaning exactly what is sounds like. Both parties must be aware and consenting to the recording. So keep that in mind if you live in Pennsylvania.

      There is, however, some strange wording in there about certain in person conversations being allowable by law to record without consent. Based on my interpretation, this would only be okay on public property. Whether or not the Pennsylvania State Legislature would consider a grocery store private or public property in this context is not something I would have any clue on. Contact your legislature to be to certain, if you live in Pennsylvania.

    3. 40oz

      40oz

      Just speaking from experience, it's unfortunately not uncommon at all for really shitty people to land management positions. Him telling you your dad doesn't like to work is a really fucked up thing to say, and is a bit extraordinary though. I would definitely report every insignificant thing he does that makes you uncomfortable. No matter how menial it is, the sheer volume of offenses should get him in a lot of trouble. People like him do not belong in positions of authority.

      If you have any interest in replacing him as a boss, make sure you let the people in charge know that you're interested. Don't hint at it or beat around the bush, tell them very clearly and often that you want that job. A lot of people I've worked with (including myself) believe that working hard and keeping your mouth shut will lead to higher pay and general success but it never works. They're always looking for perseverance, not complacency. You'll find that there's a bit of a learning curve but ultimately moving up in the company won't feel any more difficult than what you're doing now.

    4. TheNerdTurtle2

      TheNerdTurtle2

      40oz said:

      Just speaking from experience, it's unfortunately not uncommon at all for really shitty people to land management positions. Him telling you your dad doesn't like to work is a really fucked up thing to say, and is a bit extraordinary though. I would definitely report every insignificant thing he does that makes you uncomfortable. No matter how menial it is, the sheer volume of offenses should get him in a lot of trouble. People like him do not belong in positions of authority.

      If you have any interest in replacing him as a boss, make sure you let the people in charge know that you're interested. Don't hint at it or beat around the bush, tell them very clearly and often that you want that job. A lot of people I've worked with (including myself) believe that working hard and keeping your mouth shut will lead to higher pay and general success but it never works. They're always looking for perseverance, not complacency. You'll find that there's a bit of a learning curve but ultimately moving up in the company won't feel any more difficult than what you're doing now.


      Thanks for the advice but I'm only 18 and this is a big chain store, plus I'm going to college for marketing this year, maybe minoring in finance as well. I'm going to start reporting things and I'm telling all my co-workers to do the same. A few months ago one of my coworkers sat down to check his ankle because he rolled it and the boss chewed him out saying that if he doesn't keep pushing carts he's going to make him leave. Like wtf? He was checking his ankle.

      BTW he wasn't here today, so I'm waiting for tomorrow to see how he acts. My dad works tomorrow too but later in the day

      PS I live in Ohio but I'm gonna go the HR route instead of the recording route

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