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Alright so sarcasm aside, I've never been fired from a job before. Well, that is until my termination during my probationary period at my latest retail job (which I worked at seasonally before). Ironically I actually loved the job (and it paid shit all) so that's really saying something considering I left my previous job that paid me twice as much with twice as little work to come back and work at a job I loved doing years ago. Loved the people, the environment etc. Just my favourite job ever (until as of late).
The situation was as follows: I only ever post generalizations on my Facebook about "that awkward moment when..." or whatever comes to mind that's hilarious or awkward at the time (regardless of whether it happened recently or three years ago).
Now I also love doing accents/voices because I enjoy making people laugh - that is, I don't do them to customers, just co-workers I have a good rapport with. I myself am part French and Syrian, and frequently make fun of my said heritage backgrounds because I think if you can't laugh at yourself, you shouldn't be able to breathe. I'd also like to point out I'm not racist, sexist or any other "ist" you can think of. My belief is that I have no issues making "sexist" jokes about women in the kitchen because they're just that, jokes. Now if you're someone that's ignorant enough to BELIEVE in those jokes and only use them to degrade others, then yes, different story. Race is like sexuality for me, it was so fluid I couldn't even tell you when the first coloured person I saw in my life was because I don't pay attention nor care what colour your skin is. People are people.
Jump back to a week ago, when in passing, I use the stereotypical Indian/Syrian accent saying random things like "what you do?" or "an I've got to do, what I've got to do", the latter being a reference from Mrs. Doubtfire. Anyways, I used that voice to a new co-worker who JUST SO HAPPENED TO HAVE THIS ACCENT. I did it without thinking and as soon as I did it, profusely apologized saying I do the accent because I love it and I'm paying homage to my ethnic background. He's cool with it, awesome, we move on.
I go home, write a general "that awkward moment when you use an Indian accent to a co-worker who has that same accent without thinking. #facepalm" or something along those lines, can't remember exactly because I 'had to delete it. Keeping in mind I've worked over the course of my various jobs, with Indian, Hispanic, Latino, African etc. people and my run in with my latest co-worker reminded me of it. I have probably a handful of people from my retail job on my FB. So less than a week later I get summoned into the office of love by the GM with things like "how has everything been your first couple months? Notice anything out of the ordinary or things we need to work on?" and just sharing general productive comments and what I've enjoyed so far and all that jazz. Next we move on to a somber tone all about integrity, respect, blah blah – basic virtues that I've always shown to co-workers and customers (no matter how much I despised them). Next my GM shows me my FB post about said accent I used, and I didn't have him on FB, which means someone I worked with showed it to him. Annnnnd here we go.
So then over the next 10-15 minutes or so I explain how a) I'm part Syrian and was delving into my own ethnic background, and b) didn't specifically say which job it was I said this at (which technically it could have been any, you can't prove it was the current one I worked at).
That wasn't good enough of an explanation I guess and then was told "not to worry" because my GM knew it wasn't the intent that was wrong, but that what was posted COULD, yes not that it WAS, COULD be misinterpreted as slander or derogative. So I got sent home with pay and to still come in the next day for the next shift like usual while HR looked into it. I asked if I was suspended because it reminded me of the anxiety my previous job brought me, and since I was close to getting my rag and had also received a letter from my previous employer upping how much I owed them (I worked at a call center) it was now close to $2000 dollars. Let's just say the water works came down for a bit because it was like a one-two punch to the gut and I just don't cry at work. Okaaaaay, let's just start off a new day tomorrow right? Mmm, maybe not.
I come in the next day, and then get re-summoned back to the office an hour before my shift is over and playfully announce "no water works today guys" and they laugh, and then the tone becomes somber once again as my GM starts with "okay Jackie, this isn't something I like to start off telling anybody…"
Yeah I know where this is heading. He continues saying because I'm within my probationary period of 3 months, that one con (and believe me I had like 15 pros to counteract it) was enough to send me packing today. Because y'know, the fact that I was actually the head of my department that did my job properly, stayed and extra 30mins to an hour every other shift to make sure things were completely done while the others fingered their bums, and practically all of them had more experience in my department – I guess wasn't enough to keep me. Ah well. Have fun with that sinking minimum wage ship I guess.
Now I don't harbour any negative feelings towards my GM because he was honestly one of the best managers I've ever had, was super fantastic to work with, attentive, always optimistic etc.
What/whom I DO harbour a distaste for is the twat that ratted me out instead of simply coming to me and saying "hey Jackie, you know this general post you put up on FB? You should probably take it down because we're currently in a lawsuit against a former employee of this store that was apparently racially discriminated against." Nope, they went straight to the manager like a little kiss-ass. Come to me like a man, bro. Don't be a little pussy, if you have a problem go to the source – don't run off looking for extra credit.
Yes, you read that properly. The only reason this issue was judged as harshly as it was, wasn't actually because it went against the values of the company but was rather because a former employee was at the forefront of my store management's mind (and I mean end of September 2013 forefront here) so they wanted to save their asses at even the slightest mention of accent, or non-Caucasian heritage. I really could have stressed the ethnicity card much more than I did, but I left it as is, saying I enjoyed working with the managers that were in the office.
The last remark my now former GM did make that irked me quite a bit was "hopefully you'll take this a learning lesson and continue to do great things in the future."
Okay woah. Actually, my main lesson I learned wasn't to watch my mouth, it was to watch my back for little shitheads that spend their time trying to sabotage hard-working employees (and not the ones EVERYONE else dislikes or are totally useless!). Yes, good job whoever you are (and yes I have my suspicions since it was someone from my FB, most likely a friend of my sister's I was working with) – you did good, son. Really, you helped keep this company in a much better place with basically all shitty employees in the department I was in. #bravo
I would like to take the time to say that the FB status I did post about the Indian accent and how it COULD be interpreted negatively, is like saying an artist that draws models in the nude shouldn't paint pictures because they can be misinterpreted as pornographic and demeaning. Everything has a double meaning, and because there's a SMALL chance something general can be taken negatively (which I don't care about being told to take the FB status down and maybe being given a warning) – this same outlook could be attributed to everything and that's where censorship takes over freedom of expression and I step in.
P.S. Sorry to all the people I might have offended on the off chance you don't know how sarcastic I am or read my Fb statuses on the regular. #dropsmic