FOWC with Fandango — Attitude

Ah, this reminds me of a joke my Dad was always telling with the punchline
‘It wasn’t my ‘at ‘e chewed but yours!’ but already I digress from the prompt.

I was accused of having an attitude, and it was reflected in an employee reference apparently.
I’m not one to suffer fools lightly, though I am usually discreet if discussing an individual.
This was nothing like that, but something that happened after I’d left my job in the high street (my final day was the last working day before Christmas) and a conversation I had with the Manager who rang me at home on their first day back.

I was ‘accused’ of not giving a customer £50 of change. This was in the days when everything was manually counted, checked and written down rather than the computer screen and scales for everything today.
I was asked if I’d served this particular customer on the Friday to which I replied No, I’d served him on Thursday and it was the chap on first till who had served him on Friday.
I was told that the cashier concerned said he had given me the £50 to give to the customer in question, and I again stated that I hadn’t served him that day. I asked the Manager if it was on the back of my ‘strike’, a balancing sheet that recorded exchange transactions such as this, ie £50 in ten pound notes for £50 of 50p pieces etc. The Manager said No, it was on the back of the other cashier’s strike, which to me, confirmed that he indeed had served him on the day in question. The Manager however was adamant that I had served him and wanted to know where the £50 was.
I was furious. To be accused of theft when I was no longer a member of staff and therefore could not defend myself with referral to the written sheets made my blood boil.
Yeah. The Attitude came out, and then some.
In a level but cold voice, I said
‘Look Mr N. You checked my till yourself when I left on Friday, and I was right TO THE PENNY as I have been every day since I joined your staff over a year ago. I did not serve Mr B on Friday, and the back of P’s strike suggests that he did. There is no transaction on my strike, and there is no entry for that account on my cashier’s sheet. Is there one on P’s? I suggest you look elsewhere for the missing £50!’
and hung up.

I may be a lot of things, but a thief I am not.
When I worked for the bank, I took a pride in my job. In almost 7 years there was only one difference of £5 that I couldn’t find, and even that claim was iffy. Even the Bank Inspectors were surprised at my accuracy as apparently it was expected to have around three differences a year. That money in the till was not mine. I was in charge of it, it was my duty to balance it accurately, and I did. Every day.
If pride and respect are accusatory of attitude, then yeah. I’ve got it. In spades.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to FOWC with Fandango — Attitude

  1. Fandango says:

    I think your attitude that day was warranted.

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