One rule for one ...

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Ever find yourself thinking that your boss or someone above you in the work place pecking order is taking advantage?   Perhaps they're taking advantage of their position, bending the rules, or simply leaving you to clear up their messes?

I'm finding that this kind of crap is a regular occurrence at the Shop.

I should know from previous experience that working in a place where there are family members is usually a no-no.  Nora is of course in charge, and she employs her son, Billy, for a few days a week.

Now, I like Billy. He's a nice enough young lad - however, I don't appreciate that whenever he and I are to work together I always get to work on time (minimum of 15 minutes before the Shop opens, usually I'm there earlier to dodge the traffic) whilst he turns up at around 10am or later.  (Always smelling of cigarettes, so I suspect he's taking his time over a fag before he arrives as well.)  Just what time does he get here on days when he is working on his own?  Does he mysteriously get here earlier to open up on time, or is it OK with Nora if the Shop opens late?  And if he can get here on time, why doesn't he do that all the time?

Then at the end of the day, he always asks if it's OK for him to go early to catch a train home - otherwise he'll have to wait maybe 20 minutes for the next one.

Part of me wants to tell him 'tough' - 20 minutes is not that long, and I don't like being left to clean and cash up while you make a run for it!   I'd like to leave on time too you know!   He certainly won't be allowed to do that in most other jobs - you stay until the end of the working day, not nip off early all the time.

Besides, if he were to stay and help me clean up, then cash up properly, then we could both leave at a reasonable time - he walks to the train station and will be there in good time for the next train instead of hanging around.

Instead, I'm left trying to do everything in a rush because hey, I'd like to go home too!

Is it selfish of me to want him to stay behind?   He arrives late and leaves early.  And the past two days that he has worked alone, I've come in the next day to find that the cashing up has not been properly and I have to re-do it before I can do anything else.

Does Nora say anything about it?  Does she support me when I inform her that Billy isn't cashing up correctly?   Of course not. 

There's definitely a case of nepotism going on here - she allowed him to close the Shop over half an hour early one day because of a music gig he was attending that evening.  And yet she won't allow me to leave on a Friday evening even a few minutes after closing when I have a class to teach back in my home town - I'll admit it's not a big deal, I can still get there in good time most days but why is Billy given such leeway and I'm not?

To be frank though, Billy is not that bad in the grand scheme of things.

Nora, however, is much worse ...


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