So, I just lost a job, one that I got 2 weeks ago. Usually someone must fuck up pretty badly for that to happen. Here though, I'm pretty damn sure that isn't the case. Here's the story.
I am a student and wanted part time work. I handed a resume in to an organic grocery store a few months ago, a few weeks ago the owner called me for an interview. First off, the interview was weird. I acted polite, mature and followed what typically goes for interview procedure. The owner however interrupted me to answer and talk on his cell phone or check his email. He said he'd send me a schedule in my email at the end of the interview, but he never actually gave any sort of acknowledgment of me being hired or not. So a week later I got the email, and he said to reply back if this was good. I did, and showed up for the first shift, which was produce. He saw me there and said good to the produce manager, and I thought okay this is working out then. I did produce for the first week and stock/inventory for the second.
I had no idea how I was supposed to be paid. He didn't say anything to me in the interview and he went out of town shortly after I got the job. I've heard it's not good to ask too much about getting paid in the interview so I assumed this would be something he would make sure we worked out(every other job I've had they give you details) I was left with asking fellow employees how this worked. They said he should cut me a check, and I could ask about direct deposit. I made a note to do this when he got back. I was also not given an account for the computer inventory management system, or the cash register system(I was not assigned to cash, but still).
I went on a non work day to his office to ask him about getting paid and direct deposit and he said come tomorrow(today) and he'd give me my check and details needed. So I come in today(also not a work day), and he says he's going to give me my check but then I'm done. I'm like asjhgasghkh what? I ask him what's wrong, why? As far as I know I've been doing fine. I ask questions of my fellow employees to make sure I know what to do, and how to do it. I am polite to customers who need help and do my best to assist them. I've only been working there 6 shifts, so I'm learning and think I'm doing so at a reasonable rate. I know this can be obviously bias sounding, but I'm mature enough at this point in my life to recognize when I do things wrong. I have no desire to fuck around in my life, I'm in school to build a successful career.
He explains to me that on my 4th shift where I started at opening, doing inventory, that produce was left empty (until the produce worker got in later on)and even though I wasn't assigned to that department I should have dealt with it. He even said and acknowledged to me that this wasn't explained to me before but still, etc. I told him that fine, that's something I would obviously watch out for in the future but it seems a little egregious to get rid of me simply based on this. He wouldn't be swayed however. I was just stunned really. That was all? Apparently.
After reflecting on things, he seems like he could be shady/unprofessional. He runs a cafe/restaurant attached to the store. He shut it down just after I started to do.. I don't know, the most I could get out of others is renovation. The things is however, there was like 6 or 7 people working there who are fucked, and I've heard some have just moved on. Nothings happened at all in the couple of weeks it's been shut down. It's just sitting there. That's in addition to the other things previously mentioned.
So, I wanted to know what others think of this situation. I feel fairly confident I didn't do anything 'wrong', I will admit what he said I didn't do should be done, but fine.. it was my fourth
shift where this happened. Every job I've ever had has had at least a 3 month probationary period. To get rid of someone for something like this seems absurd to me to. I tried a mix of initiative and following tasks, as I've learnt different employers don't like things one way or the other in many cases. I try to go for balance unless I'm explained directly not to one way or the other.