Homedepot/store 1220 woodhaven blvd Complaint - Harrasment by managers in store to personal

Review by wan on 2006-06-12
NEW YORK -- On june 2, 2006, it rained very hard on a friday. there was a raincoat in the department in which i worked. i borrowed the raincoat which was hanking in this dept. off and on for a while. not knowing who it belong to used it and brought it back on 06-10-06. was called in by asm and loss prevention on the 6-9-06 at 12:pm, was told that i was suspended upon investergating that the dirty old raincoat was stolen AND IT WAS HOMEDEPOT COAT remind you off and on for a while means that it could have been anybody's. i told them of the circumstances and yet have not report to work and was told on saturday the 10th of june upon returing the raincoat to the asm and store manager which had no knowledge and was asked what was this about, asm replied the she was giving an adminstrated suspension and to call them on monday 6-12-06, at this time the store manager ask me did i speak to hra i advised him he told me to call him. at this point i am losing a weeks pay and i believe i will get terminated for personal reasons, of my actions of reporting hra to his boss where he was repermaned for his lie.
Comments:16 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-06-14
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2006-06-12:
Just because it was hanging there unused for awhile doesn't mean that it didn't belong to someone. Chances are that when you took it, that is when the owner needed it. Did you ask anyone if you could borrow/use it? Apparently it belonged to someone.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2006-06-12:
Best I can tell from your timeline, you didn't return the raincoast until AFTER you were asked about it. Can you understand why they thought you were planning to keep it?
Posted by Doc J on 2006-06-12:
I fail to see how you were "harassed". Loss prevention and management have a duty to investigate suspected thefts of company and employee property. I understand that NY often has rainy weather. Unless the company provides foul weather gear, or you have an agreement to share such gear with other employees...it's "hands off".
Posted by miketech on 2006-06-12:
Good points people, but I'll take Wan's side mainly because I just don't like Home Depot.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-12:
Oh please... In my office we have coats hanging on the communal rack that predate the printing press. I couldn't in my wildest imagination a scenario where somebody would be disciplined for unauthorized usage of a garment. Funny, if somebody complained about their coat be stolen you all would be chastising them for not securing their personal belongings.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-12:
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-12:
Who's raincoast was it in the firstplace? A friend who's not friend but holds a grudge against you.
Never borrow a co-workers personal property. Maybe you can apply at Lowe's or better yet find a Union company. I would say keep the board informed, but he/she won't. Dammit.
Posted by Doc J on 2006-06-12:
Stew-"Communal raincoats". So, at your place of business you sing "L'Internationale" as you march to your desk?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-13:

All, well almost all good points, but I must say: Stew, Interesting, indeed. Well put.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-13:
Baily - You are twisted and devious. I like that - Well done. Hope for Youth thy name is Baily.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-13:
Doc J - No but every Friday the hens screech some country western tune - "Finally Friday". It's appalling - I actually dread Friday mornings. I petitioned the suits to halt this travesty but they told me there was no I in team. There’s no "U" either what's your point. Long story short they suspended my wellness center privileges for two months which is better then room 101, I guess.
Posted by Doc J on 2006-06-13:
Stew-"Team Player"...one who substitutes a herd mentality for objective, independent thought. Try that definition on the suits.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2006-06-13:
Stew, It's fine when you work in an office with only about 3-5 people. You can come to trust them. But when you work in a call center where there are about 1500 people there at a time, you practically have to put it in your arse to protect your belongings. I have seen where someone claimed something was stolen and then a few days later someone else is wearing said item, and neither know each other.
Posted by Doc J on 2006-06-13:
Crazy-The technique you suggest will only deter some, not all, call center folk.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2006-06-13:
LOL!! You silly!
Posted by Bell on 2006-06-14:
I don't know what the deal was. What happened here?

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