A restaurant worker calls out company's refusal to provide a chair during a 6-hour shift post their surgery, highlighting their insensitivity.
Employers at many organizations continue to make unreasonable demands from their employees and expect them to comply with all these demands. From not granting leaves to withholding basic amenities, they really make an employee's life unnecessarily difficult. u/BlueberryAvailable12 shared a post about their horrible manager who made unreasonable demands from them. The post titled, "I just had surgery a week ago and I don't even get a chair," has got 2K upvotes so far and 217 comments.
The individual begins the post by stating that they work as a host at a restaurant. They also shared that they had to undergo laparoscopic surgery. According to the Cleveland Clinic, laparoscopic surgery is a kind of invasive surgical technique used in the abdominal and pelvic areas. Due to the surgery, the employee required a chair to sit in at the host table, which the manager refused to give them.
The manager's reasoning is, "We don't want customers thinking our employees are lazy." The manager's insensitivity to their situation almost made the employee consider quitting. Instead, they got someone to cover their shift. They write, "The worst part is that, before I got this job, it was standard for the host to have a chair." However, the chair got taken away because two of the hosts "abused" it.
The employee revealed how their shift was for six hours and they were not allowed to sit down at all. The individual writes, "I'm in pain and I'm tired and I'm thinking about quitting my job over it." They were even sent home early one night because they couldn't stand up properly halfway through their shift, affecting their paycheck. Their coworkers are also "pissed" about the situation and offer their support to the individual.
In an edit to the original post, the individual clarifies that their surgeon did give them a doctor's note. But the note only allowed them to have two days off and didn't mention the need for a chair. They elaborate, saying, "He knows I have to stand up for six hours straight for my shifts and all he did was give me a few extra doses of my pain meds." So, their doctor wasn't going to be of much help.
They also added that they were 17 years old and their sister also worked at the same place. The individual did not have sufficient funds to pursue legal action. Their father was also not very supportive because he feared their sister might get fired. They write, "I'm also trying to move out of my dad's house because he's not the nicest person and my mental health is suffering because of it." The individual concludes by sharing that they were in urgent need of money to move and pay for college as well.
People in the comment section provided the Reddit user with some helpful suggestions. u/papa-bear_13 said, "Take a seat. Walk in with a sign for the table that says, 'Broke my back. Had surgery. Now, my boss is forcing me to stand for my entire shift.' See just how quickly guests start taking the business apart online and in person." u/Jean19821 commented, "Boss is power tripping. Get a different job."