A to Z — IT’S Z Time!

Zero Tolerance… that’s my “Z” choice. I chose this over my family’s recommendations of Zombies, a household favorite, and Zork… an old game. My final 2019 A to Z challenge letter… Zero Tolerance.

Having worked in retail for most of my adult life (I use the word adult loosely) I can with absolute certainty that this policy… and any like it are absolute CRAP!

Here are a few Zero Tolerance Policy’s and what happened.

  1. Theft -I was told to fire a person for using .06 remiaing on an abandoned goftcard but told I had to keep a person on who “lost” a deposit. ”
  2. Harassment – On attempting to terminate an employee for making sexual advances in the form of groping I was told no. A week later same type of situation different person, transferred to another district.
  3. Drug Use – Several people were kept on while others fired after failing drug testing.
  4. Standards – Depending on the location of the building I was standing in… Standards were different. A good manager having a bad week could be documented but the crap manager not even trying would be fine.
  5. Dress Code – Usually the Ladies got away with more in the stores. Honestly though you poor ladies have it rough with the stupid company shirts you were provided. I sometimes looked the other way too.

I think we should have Zero Tolerance for things though… The world would be a better place. We wouldn’t need to be all crazy about it or anything just a word here or there. Someone harassing a girl tell them to stop. See someone stealing report them. Someone being racist correct them. We seem to allow a lot of disrespectful things to happen around us and we often say nothing. We don’t want to get involved, or speak up for fear of being ridiculed, perhaps… or maybe wrong.

The world seems to have a zero tolerance policy for civility… I’d like to see us all do better. Remember my “K” blog on kindness… Lets practice that for a while, and some understanding as well.

Thanks for being with me all month, I feel behind but we all stuck it out together!

One Comment on “A to Z — IT’S Z Time!

  1. I like Zero Tolerance better than Zombies, just saying. The first example you gave was ridiculous. How can you even equate the two? Sometimes management is odd. One of the reasons I could only stay in retail for six months. Congrats on finishing the A to Z!


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