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I quit my thrift store job without notice. Am I just too sensitive and proud?

My supervisor yelled at me about some problem she had with me organizing the clothes out on the sales floor of this for-profit thrift store. I have been working at this thrift store for a couple of months and I thought I was doing a pretty good job. I had never worked with this new supervisor before so I didn't know that she had such a temper! She yelled at me in front of a customer, a coworker, and a lady I know from church. I got so humiliated that I started crying. She told me to, "Go do something else. You go NOW! Go keep yourself busy and I'll do this MYSELF!". Personally, I think that she was trying to get me to quit. I still don't know exactly what I was doing that seemed so "wrong" to her. It is a thrift store full of old, musty-smelling clothes after all so what I was doing could not have been all THAT offensive, right? I'm wondering if in this terrible economy if it's perfectly acceptable for supervisors to verbally assault their employees in front of customers and coworkers. Maybe I'm too sensitive. Now I'm out of a job and I'm wondering if I should have just let it go. This particular "for profit thrift store" has a terrible problem with people quitting after just a few weeks or a couple of months. Maybe those mean supervisors who yell and cause scenes are the real problem. I'm probably just too sensitive. What do you think?
Yep! I think that I'm too proud. I have to be more humble about things. Instead of walking out, I should have just said a prayer to myself. I'm out of a job and I'm really hurting right now. I shouldn't be wearing my feelings on my sleeve. I need to build up a tougher hide. Thanks for your remarks!

13 months ago - 2 answers

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I'm pretty big on employees sucking it up and doing what management wants them to do, but if this really happened the way you said, good for you to walk away.

This is a thrift shop. It's not a brain surgery operating room. There is zero reason to berate employees, and any criticism should be done off the floor. It doesn't surprise me that this place has a problem keeping employees. The person who yelled at you is a power freak. Honest work is great, but someone working at a thrift shop who thinks they're king of the world sends chills down my spine.

Whether you should have bucked up and taken it is up to you and your situation. Sometimes you have to put up with it, I know I did in my younger days in order to put food on the table. But you know, when one door closes, another door often opens.

Don't get down on yourself. It's not you. You just encountered an insufferable jerk, and you walked away. That doesn't make you too emotional or weak.

13 months ago

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"Pride goes before the fall."

by righteousjohnson - 13 months ago