I tried to fill out an LOA for Wal-Mart last November, because my Mom's brother wasn't doing well and we wanted to go see him. Mind you, I hadn't seen him in over 15 years. I was sitting in the personnel office, filling out the stuff, when the SM spotted me, went bug-eyed, and left the room. SM is the only person whose signature can approve an LOA. I finish the papers, and suddenly he's become very elusive. I can't find him anywhere! Personnel also refuses to page him for me and only says to "Try looking for him in the stockroom!"
I rounded the store a few times, and still no SM. I decided I was not going to play games like this with a man twice my age who probably made at least 4 times as much as me. I dropped the papers in the box with a note attached saying that it was urgent and I could not wait around for him any longer.
When I returned, I had been terminated. I've been told I was rehireable, but they never did call me back about the apps I filled out later.
A former coworker of mine was asked if she could come in and work on her day off at a certain time. She said she could come in, but it would be later than the time they asked for because she was taking classes at the time. She showed up 'late' on her day off, and that's right, was terminated.
Yet another was fired for missing too many days, even though she could prove it was from difficulties she had with her diabetes. She threatened them, and they let her come back to work.
Yet another guy who worked overnights, had been there for nearly two years, was fired because one of the noobs went to management saying that he had sexually harassed her. I knew this guy; he lives just down the road from us. He was very friendly, but he would not
do something like this. He told me that he only asked if she and her mother would like to go out to a restaurant with him and his mother. She said for him to never speak to her or come near her again
He was canned and put on the Do Not Hire list.
Another woman was out of work for a week because her six year old was in the hospital coughing up blood. Again, fired.
Sadly, I could go on and on with stories of very decent people getting the boot from the smiley face place, while the ones who never show up on time, don't do any work, and take two hour lunches still remain, much to the annoyance of their coworkers and customers alike.