May 2002—OP worked evenings at a US retail chain, always arriving early and staying late for post-closure cleanup.
They shortened their lunches, extending shifts during a "no overtime" period with fluctuating policies.
This was the time when Star Wars Episode 2 premiered—and being the nerdy fan that OP was, was keen on being free for it.
Scheduled for a 2-10pm shift after working four earlier shifts that week, OP strategically calculated hours to avoid overtime, leaving before reaching 40 hours.
Desperate for overtime approval, OP punched out at 40 hours, handed keys to a coworker, and left around 5:30 to catch a 7pm show.
"Tony" asked why OP left at 40 hours. Despite disinterest in staying, OP promised to "look harder next time."
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"She put her foot down one day about no overtime."
Why would you even want to earn that?!
Beg for overtime? Uhh...
Well, apparently the law's more concerned with catching criminals than catching bosses in the act at the pub. Go figure!
A unique establishment, to say the least!
Where the only thing getting a proper workout is the elbow at the bar.
Star Wars Episode 2 won over overtime—lightsabers rule.
The corporate hush-hush for 'clock out, but the grind never stops.'
Being a "hard worker" does not equate to being dumb...
Hard work is the secret code for unlocking more work.
Where's the logic in that?
Efficiency level: expert!
Math in 'Sporting Goods'? Easy. Try 'Home, Furniture & Appliances'—might need divine intervention!
Math must be done standing tall elsewhere.
Does this mean overtime duties are recorded properly now? We sure hope it is...
While OP's story ends on a triumphant note, it sheds light on the ongoing challenges faced by countless employees who navigate the complexities of unfair work schedules and mandatory overtime, underscoring the need for more equitable and flexible workplace policies.
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