Last night I made my way over to my old store location to pick up my last check. As I pulled up to the store I noticed my former manager, Charei, standing in the front with a couple of my former-employees.
As I barely made my way into the building Charei quickly darted towards me asking me “do you need help with anything”, as if I was a complete stranger that was unwelcome in the restaurant. This is humorous to me that all of a sudden I was considered a ‘stranger’ because I have decided to voice my opinion about the matter that has happened in the past week.
I proceeded to tell her I would like my paycheck. As I was following behind her, as all employees and former employees would do, in order to sign the book saying you received your check, she whipped around and told me she would get it and there’s no need to follow her.
I received my check and made my way out of the building. One of my former employees came out to say goodbye to me, and Charei immediately raced outside telling him to come back into the building. Cooks can take breaks when the restaurant is slow and for Charei to demand he come back into the building because he was associated with me is just plain rude. If an employee was outside smoking on their break, I highly doubt she would tell them to come inside.
To be treated as if I have never worked there is completely insulting; I was there almost every day working 40 hours a week. And I certainly did not appreciate a hostile attitude from a manager I used be friendly with while we worked together. We would constantly sit in the back exchanging stories with one another and I would constantly be doing favors for her by helping her out with the restaurant when it was busy. And let’s not forget, this manager sat me down with Dave Peterson and personally told me I have done nothing wrong, then was part of my termination a few days later. I was wrongfully terminated, and I have the right to speak my opinion.