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Considering finding a new job - April 8th 2018, 07:31 AM

Right now I work at a grocery store as a courtesy clerk and cashier. I bag people's stuff, collect carts from the parking lot, clean the store (including the bathrooms), return misplaced items to the shelves, obviously do cashier stuff too, help stupid people find things that are literally on the aisle signs, and basically just deal with stupid people in general.

Lately I realized that it's not the work that I necessarily hate, it's the people. Of course, working in pretty much any minimum wage job, dealing with the absolutely stupid general public is just going to be a given. I get it, I hate it, but it makes for some hilarious stories to tell people so whatever.
The main people I can't fucking stand are my coworkers. Like jesus christ, I don't know what it is about it but it's almost like this company is a honing device for the most unruly and ridiculous of people. I literally cannot stand all but two of my coworkers. One of the ones I actually really liked moved to a different state right as we started becoming closer friends, so fuck me then.
And I get that people in general tend to just put up with their coworkers and tolerate them. I think very few people actually give a shit about the people they are forced to work alongside. But these people are just something else. To name a few, there's this bitch who's literally just a cashier, yet she thinks she has the authority to boss me around and order me to do random chores for her. This one time some idiot forgot their change in the coin dispenser thing, so she yelled for me to leave a large order I was already in the process of bagging to go and give the stupid idiot their change back. Like it's not my fucking problem if someone didn't grab their 33 cents...? I have bigger things to worry about.....? I'm not about to fucking run after someone who didn't care enough to grab their own goddamn change.......? So I just rolled my eyes behind her back and put it in the donation jar. And then one of the fucking customers in her line saw me do that and they snitched on me to her and said I didn't even try to look for the dumbass who forgot their change. So she gave me a talk later, as if she had the power to fire me, dumbass fuck.
There's also this 30 year old guy who tried to fuck me after my younger 18 year old coworker rejected him. He would randomly come up and hug me from behind in a very sexual way, constantly try to kiss me mid conversation, and give me long hugs at inappropriate times during work. Oh fuck, I just remembered he'd also kiss me on the cheek during some of those hugs. I put up with it for a little while but finally I texted him and told him to fuck off and he got all butthurt. He got super depressed for the next few weeks because yet another NEAR CHILD didn't want to have sex with his crusty old ass. He complained to me how he kept having "bad luck" with girls and how it sucked getting rejected all the time. Like no, it's not bad luck, you're just a nasty old fuck. (And no, I haven't reported him to HR, because I'm a stupid little child and don't know how to address issues like this. Throwback to the many times I've let myself be taken advantage of because I don't know how to say no. Honestly, if I leave the company, I might leave a note or something because it genuinely made my work experience a lot worse. Even still today, I hear from my other coworkers that he tells them he wants to fuck me and "hit it from the back" and it's just disgusting. I wish I was a minor so it could be labeled as the pedophilia that it kind of already is.)

It's probably clear that there's a ton of anger behind these stories and yeah, it's gotten to the point where as soon as I step foot into that hellhole I immediately get pissed off. I thought I was PMSing this whole week but I think I've actually just been moody about all the bullshit that happens at work.

My big problem here, even more than the horrendous people, is that I've worked so many hours in the 8 months I've worked here that I've already gotten all the raises I can get in my position and am earning the most I can. My manager recently posted a report of how productive each cashier is, and I was in 6th place in the whole store with a 99.8 "productivity score". It was the highest out of all the other courtesy clerks and even the cashiers. Only two of the other cashiers were ranked higher than me, the other top three were managers.
I know it seems like I'm bragging over something really simple, but I'm proud of those stats tbh, especially since I only started cashiering a couple months ago. It's a pretty big achievement and it makes me feel good to know that I'm doing even better work-wise than the people who think they're better than me overall.
With that in mind, it seems like I'm doing a good job as a cashier. I'm really starting to wonder if I should look for a full-time cashier position somewhere else. Full-time cashiers make more than I do, as I'm primarily a courtesy clerk. Plus, as a cashier, I could deal less with people's bullshit. Honestly most of the actually work stuff I hate doing at work, like cleaning the bathrooms, retrieving carts, grabbing items for people who don't know how to look up and see things. It just sounds nice, plus I'd have experience as a cashier to put on my resume.

But... a lot of people at work are telling me to switch to a different department, like bakery, meat, deli, etc. That's the only way I can move up from here, unless my manager wants to make me a full-time cashier, and it seems like that isn't going to happen even though there were rumors he was talking about it. When I originally applied here, I wanted to work in bakery. And then the hiring manager started telling me the courtesy clerk duties so I was just like okay. But now I could actually work in bakery.
The only problem is, the bakery is right next to the produce department, which is where the creepy 30 year old works. I walk past there all the time and he's literally always talking to the girls in bakery. So if I worked there I would have to put up with him even more than usual and I don't know if I'm prepared to deal with that.

My mom thinks I should just stay at the grocery store and try to move up, but of course she doesn't know about the creepy 30 year old dilemma.

I knew I wasn't going to absolutely love having a job, but I don't think I'm supposed to want to fucking kill myself every time I have to step foot in that godforsaken place either.
The idea of a new job sounds exciting and fresh, but I'm afraid I'm going to run into these same problems after switching to a new job or not get as much pay as I was hoping.

Should I try to find a new job or just try to move to another department?

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Re: Considering finding a new job - April 8th 2018, 05:34 PM

Hey there,

The difficult thing is that no matter where you go there are going to be annoying co-workers. Finding a new job is a good option because you seem unhappy in your current environment but how would you cope with starting over again and having to deal with a whole new set of problems and people. I can't tell you if it would be a bad idea because there are people who move jobs and love it and some who don't.

It might be worth trying to transfer and see how that goes. If it's still a pain and you don't like it then moving to a different place of work would probably be the best option.

You have to do what you think is best.

The one thing I will say is that if the creepy guy is triggering you than you might want to leave if you can't get away from interacting. If you reported him to HR and have co-workers who would admit to what they've heard, he would probably have to face consequences. However, I know doing so is difficult.

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Re: Considering finding a new job - April 9th 2018, 12:54 AM

Like was said before, there are going to be horrible co workers no matter where you go. I have some experience with older men trying to take advantage though, he wasn't a co worker but he was a customer. I went to management about him, after being told by my co workers to do so, in case he did it to other employees. It was extremely difficult for me to do so because I didn't want to cause any waves. I found my manager to be extremely helpful about the situation and come to find out I wasn't the only one who complained about him. The manager said that he would keep an eye on the customer and to not wait on him and stay away from him, so I did. Eventually he got irate with me because I wouldn't wait on him and he ended up being escorted out xD

I'm very very glad I went to management though, they took care of the situation and I wasn't the only one who complained, chances are others have complained about your co-worker too if he did it to one other person that you know of. You could also possibly report him anonymously if you're worried about anyone finding out you were the one who reported him. Also, your manager doesn't have any right to tell anyone about your allegations against your co worker unless they get your permission.

I could not stand one of my previous jobs because of the co workers and I didn't do a good job at sticking with my job, so you should give yourself credit for how well you're doing and performing in the company you work for. I often called in sick to work and eventually ended up just quitting altogether, so I think it's awesome you're considering toughing this all out and not dealing with this negatively.

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April 12th 2018, 02:14 PM

I was in a similar situation. I worked as a bartender. It's not a bad job, but the the owner of a bar was a douche. He didn't respect anyone. He hated everybody and stole money from us.

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