I think the stress that has been put on me in the last few weeks has weakened my immune system enough to make a little cold bug much, much worse. For those who care, I'm currently employed as a full time baker in a franchised restaurant. I've recently been dealing with managers that not only don't ask employees to clean up after themselves, but punish them for it. Unlike any foodservice establishment I have ever worked in from the Florida Keys to Dothan, Alabama, nobody stays after service ends to clean the equipment. Two days ago I got in a fight with my manager, who has an Indian name most of you would have trouble pronouncing, because I spent an hour and a half cleaning bakery equipment before starting my work. I've spent the better part of last five years a full college scholarship building a reputation for myself in this field. Working in disgusting conditions to make food that makes people sick is far below my professional standards ...but it pays the rent. The economy sucks, especially for the restaurant industry. Places are closing down leaving a great many foodservice professionals with a great deal more experience than me looking for work. I'm not sure I could GET another job if I lose this one, but it is hurting my reputation, and it is hurting me physically. I'm supposed to get 2 days off a week, but at least half of them have been canceled. I'm awake from 5am until around midnight to 1am, depending on when Kitty gets home. I typically don't have time for breakfast before work, work through lunch time without having a break offered to me (which is illegal on their part, but if I bring it up, they're just gonna send me on break at 8am before anything opens leaving me with an empty stomach, 20 minutes of unpaid time, and someone else's mess to clean), and after I get off work, I don't usually have the energy to make dinner and my body doesn't handle fast food well. I'm at a loss. I can't afford to quit, and I'm too broken down to apply for jobs. What do you think the best way to handle this is?
7 years, 6 months ago
17 Jul 2011 13:19 CEST