September 19, 2018 - Tarbucks Slave No More
GOODBYE TARBUCKS and GOOD RIDDANCE
I am coming up on my one-year anniversary at Tarshit next week. I don’t plan on being there to “celebrate” it. Despite having tendered my resignation last week, I reached my breaking point last night. Things have gotten so bad I can’t even make it through another week, and I don’t think I’ll be returning.
When I started out, I was one of those hapless newbies who thought it would be the best job ever; I mean, I was making $11.50 an hour—starting out!—to make people’s day better by making the same drinks which never failed to perk me up. Even better, an old friend who I hadn’t seen in ages worked at my location and would be training me! I was so full of hope; what could possibly go wrong?
Things went smoothly enough for the first few months. My team lead could be intimidating, but she was otherwise friendly and we had plenty of good conversation. My old friend relocated out of state within a few months, but by that point I had befriended other coworkers. It wasn’t until my team lead had a medical emergency which kept her out of work for the bulk of my time here that it did not take long for shit to hit the fan.
With our team lead gone, Target refused to hire a temporary TL. They even had the audacity to ask one of us to take on all her responsibilities without any kind of promotion or pay bump! This meant that the ETL over not just Starbucks and café but ALL CONSUMABLES had to assume her responsibilities. It went about as well as you’d expect. In his defense, I think he did all he could to help us succeed; however, if he left market for more than a few minutes, those team members would scream for him over the walkie like they were experiencing the apocalypse in real time. As a result our ETL couldn’t be much help, leaving us TMs to pick up the pieces and complete tasks like taking inventory and placing orders with little to no training.
Despite all the work we had to do, it wasn’t enough to keep HR or our STL (or possibly both working in tandem) from cutting Tarbucks shift lengths to avoid having to give us lunches–and presumably to receive the award/bonus that comes with staying under payroll for an entire year that was mentioned in an earlier post on here. When I started out, our mid came in no later than 10:30 AM, and on weekends we had a primary closer who came in around 1:00 or 2:00 PM in addition to a secondary one who came in at 4:00 PM. Nowadays, our mid comes in no earlier than 12:00 PM, usually 12:30, and regardless of whether it is a weekday or the weekend, we only have one opener, one mid, and one closer.
That’s no time to go above and beyond in our work, let alone to adequately complete our minimum tasks.