Lowe's Complaint - Just got fired and here's why
MARION, INDIANA -- I had been with Lowe's a long time. I was fired tor breaking one of their safety policies. I don't think that the policies are necessarily bad, just a little fantasy thing with many of them from some LP siting behind a desk somewhere, disdaining reality. First of all, let me elaborate on the rule that I broke. I was operating a forklift above 8 feet without the benefit of aisle blockers. Holy crap, I've been operating power equipment since most of these rosey-eyed LP's were crappin' green. Most of them weren't even born yet.
I had two previous encounters with these power equipment rules when A) a spotter, who just happened to be a zone manager, walked away while I was operating the narrow-aisle lift. He said he had to throw away some trash. I had stepped off of the machine to move some product and not damage it. Stupid me. I was written up, he ws not. I found out later on that he hadn't even gone through any safety training!!!! B) I was again operating the narrow-aisle lift when a zone manager told me to get off, she needed it. She borrowed the machine and aisle blockers. When she returned the machine, I had been working in the back aisle of the garden center, she didn't bring back all of the aisle blockers. Assuming that she had been a "good neighbor" and had returned everything, I returned to what we were doing on the machine. The dumb*** failed to return all of th blockers!!! My spotter and I were not in the position to see that she had failed to do so. But as the operator I again was written up. My spotter was not.
This final time is the only time that I will take the blame. I had injured my back over a month before. I couldn't deal with the monotony of working as a cashier or in the guard shack checking loads exiting the yard. So, I guess I kind of "snuck" my way back into the department. I am not one to have a job where I'm not busy. Anyway, I completed almost 85% of the "Trim-a-tree" rest myself, loaded in the "quick load area", by myself. And the list goes on. All of this was done with management knowing that I had restrictions that included a 10# lifting restriction. They would say, "Call one of us if a customer needs loaded" or "Call if you need help". Well, when I would call, their phones were busy or they would have me call another MOD. Or better yet, I would not get anyone and page on the overhead. And we all know how that works, right? Needles to say, I was hurt and not getting any better. I was taking LorTab or some other maxi- pain pills, Flexeril, and DayPro.
The day I broke their little "policy", I was so "zoned out", I probably shouldn't have even been there. But, being their "workhorse"......
Anyway, with all of the pain, frustration of the responsible parties not doing the TAT reset, the customer from hell flapin' his gums at the gate, and not having the proper, proper hell, not having any aisle blockers in the department, I guess I snapped, lost my head and did a no-no.
The message here is, Lowe's doesn't provide the necessary materials or manpower to do the tasks given to you. They have no feelings about the welfare of their employees. And managers do not run the stores, LP does.
Loss prevention does not make any money. They do not save any money. Here's an example: every morning we had to take opened pallets from the garden center to the corral. at closing we would reverse the movement. That would take about 2-201/2hrs daily. Let us say the employee made 8.50 an hour, that would equal $17-25.50 each day. Many bags were torn, run over, pallets were dumped. We spent more than we saved.
So, Big Bob Niblock, when are you gonna stifle LP, give the stores back, and start making some money?