Where to start when describing the day I've had?
Well, I was supposed to start work at 6am today, which usually means that I'm up at 4am to get ready (I rush for nobody...hehe!) but at 3:30am, I was still laid wide awake. I ended up calling into work and telling them that I couldn't make it for 6am but would come in later to make up my hours if they wanted, so they told me to go in when I'd had some sleep. I called them when I woke at 9am to say I'd be in between 10 - 11am, but lo and behold, the 3 buses I have to catch to work were ALL late. Well, probably just the first one was late so I ended up missing the others by seconds. I shamefully rolled into work at 12:15pm, all ready to take a verbal beating from the duty manager (who has a reputation for being mean). I got changed in the locker room and got out onto the shop floor by 12:30. I could see the duty manager standing right down at the bottom section of the store, so I crept toward her, trying to dodge behind every customer I could find so that I could give her the element of surprise, but she spotted me right away and stared at me the entire way down the walk of shame. I walked up to her and painfully said 'Come on them....let me have it', thinking she was gonna yell at me, but ya know what, she looked at me, gave me a smile and then broke out into laughter. She then said 'Ya know Ste, in all of my years of working here, we've never had an employee come in 6 and a half hours late and get away with it. Get to work before I slap ya ass!', and carried on laughing, along with the duty manager. I was so shocked!!! I was still waiting for the lecture, but it never came. Instead, she told me which till to go on and said 'Thanks love'. Now if that wasn't a gift from up above, then I don't know what is! haha!
I spent the first 2 hours jumping from till to till, taking people off for their breaks, then later, I was called to the BIG manager's office for a 'review'. Again, I thought I was in for it, but instead, they asked if there was anything THEY could improve for ME!!! I almost said nothing (as I had bent the rules a LOT today), but instead, I took this as an opportunity to complain about my 15 minute breaks, which never gives me enough time for a cigarette, something to eat AND a pee. They listened, assured me that everyone gets the same amount of time for a break when they only work for 5 hours, BUT they offered me half an hours' break EVERY TIME I'm on, so long as I stay for 15 minutes extra a day. How could I say no?! THEN they ask me what I can do to prevent being late for a Saturday shift again, so I jokingly ask for my shift to be changed, AND THEY AGREED with a smile! I mean, oh my god, am I pushing my luck here or WHAT?! So as from two weeks today, I get 30 minute breaks, leave at quarter past the hour AND start at 12 noon every Saturday, which is MUCH better! I'm soooo thankful and speechless that they agreed to help me so much!!
They asked me to work till 8, and by 6pm, I'd not been sent for my break (which is against the law as we're supposed to have a break every 3 hours). I hadn't mentioned it because they'd been so great with me, I didn't wanna seem rude, but I was soooo hungry and had to go, so I called one of the bosses to ask them if I could go for my 30 minutes (I always get 30 mins on a Saturday). It turns out, when I'd been called for my 'review' in the office, they'd assumed that I was on a break, so they'd marked it down wrong...grrr! I eventually went though and enjoyed every second.
I had a great day, with lovely customers too. I love a good gossip with a complete stranger. You can find out all kinds of things, like, I never knew that Harry potter books had a kids sleeve, AND an adults sleeve. It's useless info, but there ya go..lol! Oh, we've sold HUNDREDS of those books since it's release yesterday. Everytime we sell one, we have to type a certain code in, and I can't get it outta my head cos I've typed it sooo bloody many times....lol!
On the way home, the bus from work took ages before it dropped me in Hillsborough. Then the Hillsborough bus was 30 mins late but it eventually turned up. I took a seat and tried to warm myself up, just to be thrown off for a further 25 mins as it had broke down!! To make matters worse, there was an evil drunk guy shouting at the driver, so threeof us had to keep things cool. Then after all the waiting,the driver tells us to get back on as the bus was now fixed! I couldn't believe it! I finished work at 8:15, and Anthony finished at 9:30, but we both ended up on the same last bus of the day. Just goes to show eh? lol!
Anyways, sorry it's been long winded, but I'm in a chatty mood right now.
OOH, good news, I've applied for THIS. This, along with something else I'm venturing into will be GREAT for me. I'll meet so many people too, all with the same passion, so I can't wait!
So all in all, a fair day with it's share of good and bad, but I can't complain. I'm getting up early again as I have to do it all again tomorrow. 12-5pm...oh joy..lol!
Ok, I'll shut up now....lol!
Hope you're all doing well out there......
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