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Gah, work.

So, we have this employee, who we will call F. F has worked at my store for-bloody-ever--at least five years, by my rough guess based on partner numbers. She works a single 5-hour shift every week (note: one is really expected to work a minimum of 15 hours a week to even be considered part-time). It is the same shift every week (5p-close). At yet, every week she calls to check the time on it, although it hasn't changed in the three and a half years I've been working there. Every week, she arrives and claims the bar, no matter where the deployment charts have her listed, or what the manager-on-duty tells her to do.

You'd think she was a kick-ass barista and an awesome closer, then, right? Alas, you would be wrong. I finally managed to kick her off the bar and stick her on register last night...and still, in the about half an hour she was on bar (while the barista was on break), she screwed up six drinks that I saw, and it was relatively slow. Plus, it took her forever to do the closing tasks I gave her, and she didn't even know where things were. Even though she's worked the same shift since the dawn of time.

And yet somehow, the other shifts let her get away with this. Explain, please? fiareynne, do you have one of these at your store?

In related news, the number of work-related proposals I've received has gone up again. I think I'm at 8 now? That's a funny story, too, but I'm late.


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Nov. 8th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
We have people who fit different parts of her description. We have one person who works one day a week and has for as long as I can remember (although they did just change her day from Monday 9-5 to... something else, I don't know.) We have people who ignore the DAS (which I assume is like your deployment sheet) to run bar and SUCK at it (and are often VIOLENTLY protective of it -- like the time R. screamed at me for daring to try to help make a few drinks when she had a queue of like, seven and I had no customers at POS, and she had just WANDERED OFF mid-drink) and closers who don't know how to close. (Meanwhile I, who am a "rockstar" at closing, tend to open more often these days, or I did until I told them I needed to be on nights so I can be home for my dad.)

I think if anyone fit all those descriptors, they'd be fired. Even at B&N, where almost nobody gets fired.
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, most days I wonder who she's related to/married to/sleeping with. I almost feel like she's still there because no one's bothered to fire her.
Nov. 8th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, why does she even bother to work there?

I have one barista who works only ever Sunday or so and relatively new, so her training is going sloooooow.

But 5 years? Well, you have my sympathies. It's along the same vein as someone who works only closes 2-3 times a week and four months later is still asking me what needs to be done. >.>
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't get it either. Clearly. :P

I didn't know you were another Coffee Priestess.
Nov. 9th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
Coffee Priestess? I like that.

Yeah, since last year, July. I'm a shift at my store.

I like reading about different baristas at different locations. Their stories are surprisingly the same. It's amusing.
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