Hello all. As the greater St. Louis metropolitan area is experiencing the beginnings of an ice storm, I would like to present a PSA as to why it’s a dick move to say variations of, “ugh they should have stayed home, it’s not worth it for a 6 hr shift...”

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Every retail job I have ever had has punished employees for calling off work for snow or ice. EVERY ONE. My call center job was the same way. I suspect any hourly rate job with no worker protections has the potential for this.

You’ll drop from 4-5 shifts a week to 2. And then when you discuss it with management, you’ll get snide comments like “well, we just have to make sure the staff we expect to be here 4-5 days a week are reliable.” Usually 2-3 weeks later you’d revert back to your normal schedule. Unless there was more bad weather and you needed to call in.

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So it’s not necessarily that the employee is worried about losing 6 hours of pay if he or she misses work that day. Although plenty of times in my life losing 6 hours of pay would fuck me over on groceries or bills. It’s being worried about how they are going to make rent or pay for utilities if they get half-sized checks for several weeks if they don’t show up in horrible weather for work on a day the store should have just closed.