The setup: I work with a woman I colloquially call Shoe Lady. She works in the shoes department. I work in markdowns. We’re both leads of our respective departments, which means nothing other than us being the most knowledgeable employees in our department. No pay raise, no authority over anything, just that we get first dibs on the good shifts because the managers can rely on us. Even so, I’m young enough to be her daughter, and she hates that I’m considered “equal” to her. She takes every chance she gets to try and catch me being “wrong”… and every time she fails. On this one particular morning, she was assisting with markdowns.
Shoe Lady: (approaching my coworker and I who have already finished marking down a department) Did you make sure to do the back wall of home goods?
Me: Yes, we finished it.
Shoe Lady: The whole wall?
Shoe Lady: Even the wall art and the mirrors?
Me: Yes, I did the wall art. The mirrors are part of domestics, we’re not doing domestics markdowns today.
Shoe Lady: … so did you do the back wall or not?
Me: … yes. The back wall is done.
Shoe Lady: But you didn’t do the mirrors.
Shoe Lady: (throwing her hands up in exasperation) Okay, so you DIDN’T do the back wall then, great.
Me: Aren’t mirrors part of domestics?
Shoe Lady: Yes.
Me: Alright. We’re not scanning them. We’re not doing domestics today. The rest of the wall is done.
Shoe Lady: You should have scanned the whole wall, you need to scan the whole wall before you move on.
She storms off to go scan the mirrors that I bluntly said aren’t getting scanned. About thirty five minutes later (far too long to have spent scanning the five or so wall mirrors we have in stock) she finally shows her face again.
Shoe Lady: (irritated) None of those mirrors would scan.
Me: Is that so.
Shoe Lady: It kept trying to tell me “department not in current file.”
Me: Imagine that.
I had a little chat with the manager about her after that, which culminated in her getting a verbal slap in the face for wasting time. I wish I could say this was an isolated incident…