I’m not a big fan of cameras, but they totally got me a promotion once. The difference here being, everyone knows about the cameras.
When I was 16, I worked at Quiznos. One day, we got a new General Manager. All the way from Florida. He was very proud of the fact that his entire family worked at Quiznos in some way. Anyway, he turned out to be pretty lazy. Me and another guy that worked the day shift started taking over his duties. He would just sit in his desk chair and chat or play solitaire while we got the orders ready (something he was supposed to do.)
I said something about him in passing to someone else (it wasn’t anything too bad, I think I told a new guy that he could be a jackass sometimes but he was all right) and it got back to him. I didn’t think anything of it.
Then a couple of weeks later, I come to work, and the General Manager wasn’t there. Weird. I made sure everything was ready for the dinner rush. Then the owner came in from the back. He was very serious.
Turns out, the General Manager told the owner I needed to be fired. I was lazy and argumentative and bad for a working team environment. Well, the owner told him he’d take that into consideration and went home to watch the tapes. While watching the tapes, he sees me all alone in the store by myself and cleaning under cabinets, sweeping, just generally getting stuff done. Then when the General Manager comes in, he sits at his computer desk all day.
Needless to say, the General Manager got sent back to Florida in shame, and I got promoted to night manager.
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