Rachel, an employee at an IT services company, faces conflict with her co-worker Sarah over trading shifts and accepting money for covering Sarah’s shift during Thanksgiving weekend, leading to accusations of extortion and a breakdown in their working relationship.
Bribery Works Well
At the IT services company where she worked, Rachel and her colleagues regularly traded shifts by bribing each other with gifts, wine, or cash, which they kept on the down-low, and it worked well for them.
However, Rachel’s co-worker, Sarah, who had complained before about paying to trade shifts, was upset that Rachel, who was unmarried and had no kids, got holidays off like Thanksgiving and Christmas and was unwilling to cover Sarah’s shift until Sarah offered her money.
A Fair Deal
Rachel initially declined but eventually agreed to cover Sarah’s shift for a couple of hundred dollars and to have Sarah cover her New Year’s Eve shift in return. Rachel thought this was a fair deal.
However, when Rachel’s boss asked if she wanted to change the schedule, as he had received a complaint that Rachel had extorted money from a co-worker, Rachel declined and said that no money had changed hands, and she didn’t want to change shifts.
She Was Upset
Rachel’s co-worker, Sarah, was upset that Rachel had backed out of their deal and started bugging her, saying that she had already told her parents that her family would be coming. Rachel didn’t think this was her problem.
Snitches Get No Shifts Covered
She said Rachel was being a jerk for not covering like she said she would. Rachel explained that someone had gone to the boss and tattled on their deal, so she could not follow through since she could get in trouble, but Sarah insisted that Rachel could do it for free, which Rachel declined.
She Was Annoyed
Sarah was acting annoyed towards Rachel because she wouldn’t cover her shift, and now she was being shut out of regular shift trading because everyone knew she had tried to use the boss to screw Rachel over. Sarah called Rachel a jerk for not following through, but Rachel thought Sarah was a jerk for trying to change a deal she had agreed to.
The Internet Responded
This commenter wrote, “She wanted to get you to agree to cover, then report the money changing hands so she could get it back while still having her shift covered. Tried to pull a fast one and she suffered the consequences.”
More Internet Comments
Another person commented, “She’s a piece of work. Now she’ll have a much more difficult time getting people to switch schedules with her for the holidays. She thought she was being super clever but ended up looking like a complete jerk.”
A Final Comment
This last person commented this opinion, “The only way you would be the jerk would be if you had already received the money, then reneged on the deal. You are not the jerk since she involved management and claimed extortion. Personally? I find it extremely weird that you all bribe each other with cash and gifts for coverage changes. At my job we just swap weeks if needed to help each other out. But this is established office culture, so you aren’t wrong to expect it, and you aren’t wrong for rescinding the offer after she went to management.”
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