His Shift Clashed with His Sister’s Funeral, so He Begged His Coworker to Swap Shifts Despite Her Religious Obligations of Not Working at The Weekend – Was This an Inconsiderate Request?

A devastating loss occurred when a man’s sister tragically passed away during childbirth, leaving him and his family in deep sorrow. The funeral was scheduled for the upcoming Saturday, and the man attempted to get the day off work, but he ended up offending someone deeply in the process.

An Unmissable Funeral

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The man had a close bond with his sister and had no intention of missing the funeral. “Our family was heartbroken, it happened so abruptly”, he grieved. “My dad’s even coming from out of state for this, and he rarely comes here.”

A Simple Request

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The man called his workplace to explain that he couldn’t come in to work on Saturday. However, he was shockingly told that he would have to organize a shift swap to authorize his absence. 

A Plea for Compassion

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In a desperate bid to secure the day off for the funeral, the man reached out to his co-worker. This co-worker was his only option as she never worked Saturdays, but the problem was, this wasn’t out of choice but due to religious obligations. 

A Difficult Request

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The man approached his co-worker with the difficult request, explaining the dire circumstances and requesting a shift swap. The co-worker was sympathetic but ultimately refused, citing her strict adherence to her religious beliefs.

A Rejected Plea

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“I pleaded again and again, but she wouldn’t budge and told me to stop asking”, the man remembered. “She wouldn’t even work on this one day, even though my sister literally died. I got a heads-up from my manager that if I harassed her anymore, I would get written up.”

Stepfather’s Support

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The man turned to his family for support and guidance. His stepfather sided with him, understanding the emotional turmoil and urgency of attending the funeral and sharing his outrage at the man’s workplace.

Mother’s Disappointment 

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However, to the man’s surprise, his mother held a completely different perspective. She emphasized the importance of respecting the co-worker’s religious beliefs and accused her son of acting inconsiderately. 

Overwhelming Emotions

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The man found himself trapped in a whirlwind of frustration and depression. The impending funeral, coupled with the inability to secure the day off, left him emotionally overwhelmed. To make matters worse, his co-workers refused to communicate with him anymore, and some colleagues even questioned the legitimacy of his request.

An Unbelievable Situation

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The man couldn’t believe what he was witnessing. Whilst he recognized the importance of his co-worker’s religious beliefs, he thought that the death of his sister would surely be a suitable reason for exception. Regardless of the co-worker’s stance, the man primarily blamed his boss for imposing such a strict and heartless shift-swapping system. Perhaps the man should happen to be ‘sick’ and unable to work on the day of the funeral considering the way his boss has treated him…

Venting Online

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In an attempt to defend himself and seek validation for his actions, the man headed to his favorite online support group, asking for advice. Everyone rushed to support the troubled man. “The boss should be picking up your shift”, someone stated. “A good boss would do it without question under such tragic circumstances.”

A Unanimous Verdict

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Everyone was united in their hatred for the man’s boss. “The real jerk here is your boss – they’re an awful person for making you find someone to cover you, just to go to your sister’s funeral”, another commenter wrote. “Tell them that you aren’t coming that day… they can fire you if they want, but please don’t miss your sister’s funeral. I’m so sorry for your loss.”

Not Fair on the Co-worker

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Whilst the man received a huge amount of support, some people still criticized him for his actions. “Your problem is not with your co-worker, it’s with your job”, one reader pointed out. “Unfortunately, that makes you the jerk for continuing to press the issue with her instead of going to your manager and requesting time off for bereavement.” 

An Apology

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In response to the previous comment, the man demonstrated his remorse. “That’s fair”, he admitted. “I’ve apologized to her, and said I’m just really stressed, and she said it’s cool.”

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