Soon To Be The Ex-Employee of a Muslim Cheapskate

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To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.—George MacDonald

    Well, I think I may have screwed myself out of another job. The Arco manager wanted to confirm with me today that I was working Christmas day and I told her (in private, away from the other employees) "No, not unless I get double time for working the holiday."

    The manager said matter-of-factly that the owner was Muslim, so he doesn’t pay extra for Christmas.

    "Christmas is a national holiday in America," I told her, "and this Arco is technically located in America. I’m still mad about Thanksgiving. Besides, Galen (the owner) just sold that vacant lot next door for a million bucks (the surveyors were there today, marking off the spots where the strip mall will be built). He doesn’t need to be so cheap." (We’re talking about an extra $18 or $24 here)

    The Arco owner doesn’t pay holidays. He doesn’t pay overtime or sick pay. He provides no health insurance. He doesn’t even like paying minimum wage. So I figured the manager would just take me off the schedule, but when I went back to the store for cigarettes a couple of hours after my shift was over, the clerks there were hailing me as the leader of the Arco holiday pay revolution.

    Oops.
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