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After Her Unexpected Day Off Shakes the Business, the Owner Responds By Saying She Must Choose Between Demotion or Termination.

In this tumultuous tale, the Original Poster (OP), a small vape shop owner, grapples with a seemingly responsible employee’s unannounced absence, causing business disruption and leaving the owner in a bind. The OP confronts the employee, leading to accusations and an unresolved conflict that leaves readers questioning: who is in the wrong?

A Morning of Disarray

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OP wakes up to discover that their vape shop, which should have been open hours ago, remains closed. An influx of 22 notifications from disgruntled customers and locked-out employees reveals the chaos. OP’s frustration mounts as they grapple with this unexpected predicament.

The Absent Manager

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Peggy, a trustworthy cashier recently promoted to manager, was scheduled to open the store, but she’s nowhere to be found. OP tries to contact Peggy but receives no response, heightening the tension. OP is forced to open the store, entering into an unusual day of running day-to-day operations.

Peggy’s Explanation

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Hours later, Peggy finally contacts OP. She nonchalantly reveals that she took a “mental health day and self-care,” leaving OP to process her lack of communication. OP, still annoyed but slightly empathetic, probes further about why she didn’t inform them earlier about her absence.

Spoons in the Drawer

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Peggy responds cryptically, “I didn’t have enough spoons in my drawer for that.” OP finds this statement puzzling, which fuels their doubts about Peggy’s ability to handle her new managerial responsibilities. This cryptic phrase becomes the cornerstone of the ensuing conflict.

An Ultimatum

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OP reconsiders his recent decision to promote Peggy and presents her with a tough choice: either revert to her previous position and salary or be fired. The pressure mounts as Peggy is forced to confront the consequences of her actions. However, her reaction is different from what OP expects.

Accusations Fly

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Peggy accuses OP of discrimination, using various “-ist” labels and alleging bias based on her mental health and gender. OP is taken aback by the accusations, as they were only expecting a simple call-out. The situation takes a turn for the worse, and OP begins to question their actions.

A Matter of Responsibility

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OP reflects on Peggy’s actions, questioning whether they were too harsh in their judgment. Yet, they also think about the implications of her no-call/no-show behavior for the business. The issue of responsibility becomes a central point of contention in the narrative.

Seeking Validation

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Conflicted, OP takes to the internet, seeking external perspectives on the situation. They candidly ask if they are wrong and being too hard. This introduces a new set of characters to the plot – the anonymous masses of the online community.

A Flood of Opinions

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OP returns from a short break to find 41 messages waiting. The response from the internet community is overwhelming and varied, adding more complexity to OP’s dilemma. As OP sifts through the feedback, they realize they won’t be able to respond to everyone individually.

Filtering the Noise

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Despite the influx of messages, OP commits to reading all the comments. They seek out any new questions or insights that could shed light on the situation. The search for clarity amidst the noise becomes OP’s new challenge. As OP processes the feedback, they start to reassess their actions. They struggle with their decision to demote Peggy over a situation she might not have had control over. OP’s feelings of guilt add a new layer of complexity to the situation.

Mental Health Matters

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OP reflects on the importance of mental health, acknowledging that it was the catalyst for Peggy’s actions. They understand that “taking a mental health day” is necessary sometimes, but the lack of communication still nags at them.

The Resolution Conflict

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Despite all the online input, OP is still unsure if they were in the wrong. They grapple with whether they were too harsh or if Peggy truly did falter in her responsibilities. The struggle between self-doubt and justification continues, leaving the conflict on the edge.

Peggy texts the OP that she is quitting, and the situation appears diffused as quickly as it arose.

Was The OP’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “It takes two minutes to call or text that she can’t make it. If she can’t even put in that tiny bit of effort, she isn’t qualified to be in a position to be responsible for opening the store.”

Another responder wrote: “I’m a manager as well and fully believe in the importance of mental health days and taking care of your mental wellbeing as much as your physical wellbeing.”

A different person states, “You don’t have enough spoons in your drawer to deal with incompetent managers.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

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