He Left the Store Unmanned for A Few Minutes, But When His Manager Found Out, He Demanded the Worker Start His Shift Earlier

A man worked as a security guard in a store and always ensured he arrived on time. One day, the man arrived promptly as usual, but a particularly busy opening time meant that his store manager would express expectations that went further than basic punctuality. 

Arriving at the Store

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The security guard arrived at the store promptly at 10am, the designated starting time for his shift. He headed into the store’s backroom for a few minutes to store his belongings before he started his workday.

Unexpected Customer Flow

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During the brief time that the security guard was in the backroom, the store had opened to the public. A substantial number of customers had entered the store, so the store’s staff had to step in to play a security role temporarily.

Lunch Break Conversation

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During the man’s lunch break, he was approached by his store manager. “She asked me if next time I could come to the store a little bit earlier so that by the time I put all my belongings down, I could be in front of the store and ready to work at 10am.” 

The Security Guard’s Response

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However, the security guard was not happy with this request. “I told her no, that if I’m rostered to start at 10am then I will show up at 10am, and that if they want me to come earlier then the store would have to arrange that with the security company.”

The Manager’s Reaction

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The manager got huffy with the man, explaining that the sales staff were not trained to be security and the volume of customers they had that morning illustrated why she was requesting this. 

Defending His Stance

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However, the man defended his decision: “I’m not getting paid to arrive earlier, so I really don’t see how I can be required to”, he explained. 

A Small Ask 

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Whilst the manager saw the security guard’s perspective, she continued to insist. “She said that it really wasn’t a big deal to arrive a few minutes earlier and that ultimately, it wasn’t fair to come ‘just on time’.”

A Continued Refusal

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However, the man was steadfast in his nonacceptance of the woman’s explanation. “I told her that whilst I know it’s not hard to come a little earlier, I feel it’s more about the principle”, he recounted. “If you want someone to come earlier then make that clear through the hours.”

Giving Up

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The manager, feeling frustrated, sighed and walked away. The interaction left a lingering tension between them for the remainder of the day.

Reflecting on His Decision

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The man began to reflect on his decision. He believed that it was unfair for him to be expected to turn up to work early as he would not be paid for this extra time. However, he recognized that whilst preparing his belongings, the store was left unguarded, and this had clearly made his manager’s life stressful. He considered that he might have overreacted to the request. 

The Internet’s Verdict

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The security guard recounted the day’s events online, asking readers whether they felt he was acting unreasonably. To his dismay, they absolutely did think this was the case. “If your job is to man the front door and you are scheduled to be there at 10am, then I would expect you to be at the door at 10am – simple as that”, explained one reader.

A Unanimous Verdict

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Most readers agreed that the man was being unreasonable, and such a request was standard procedure. “At EVERY job I have had, if you are scheduled to start work at 10, that means that you must work from that time”, another commenter chimed in. “If you’re in the back putting away your belongings then you aren’t working. In reality, you started working at around 10:05.”

One reader questioned the time it took the man to put his belongings away, “If all you were doing was putting your stuff in your locker shouldn’t that take you, like, 30 seconds? Taking a whole 5 minutes and other staff having to step in and do your job for you is just irresponsible.”

He Should Be Paid

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However, some people still defended the man’s attitude. “I hate jobs that nickel and dime you like that for less than five minutes”, one commenter defended. “If they want you there early, which is a fair request, then they should schedule it that way. It’s an unpopular opinion, but I truly do not care.”

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