I have a thing (not quite problem but more of a situation) at work and I don't know how to go about it.

It's not serious or bad. At face value it actually looks simple as hell.

Currently I work Saturdays (I work at a gym). Up until now I didn't mind but I actually could use the Saturdays off now. I'm moving soon and it would be idyllic to have the same day off as my mom to help her, cuz right now my day off is Friday and she's off Saturdays and Sundays (I have class on Sundays). The only other day I can work is Fridays as I have school Monday-Thursday.

So I asked my boss if I could switch from the Saturday night shift to the Friday night shift, and he said it's fine by him but I need to ask my coworker, let's call her Tara, as I'd be taking her shift on Friday nights.

Fucking. Tara.

Tara is...something. First, she's always having problems at work. I swear at least once a week she asks if I can cover at least one shift for her. She works 6 days a week and either A) doesn't show up to all of her shifts or B) shows up late. Like LATE late. Like a half hour or more late.

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Second, she's just an asshole. For a myriad of reasons I will not be getting into right now. But basically I know she's going to be a pain about this. She's not going to want to give up a shift (even though she barely works it anyway). And if I say "well how about we just switch and you do Saturdays?" she's gonna say no because she "doesn't do Saturdays."

So I don't know what to do with her or this situation. I had texted her last weekend asking if she could call me so I could talk to her about this and of course she never called (but she did text me twice asking if I could cover shifts!). I don't want to just go at her and be like "listen I need to work Fridays, figure it out yourself" cuz that seems kind of mean, even though part of me doesn't give too many fucks about being nice to her.

Ugh. What should I do? What should I say to her? I don't want to deal with her nonsense. Plus I'd need to find someone to work my Saturday shift but that shouldn't be too difficult. I could just really, really use the Saturdays off. It's not even so I can hang out or do fun things, I just need to help mamadukes.

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Halp me adult :(