Manager Says Worker Needs Permission to Clock Out, Malicious Compliance Ensues

  • "'You need to wait for a manager to let you go home'……….ok"

    Green - So I work at a store that sells kitchen appliances and other kitchen related stuff, normally when we're supposed to leave or go on break we're supposed to tell our manager, I was helping a long line at cash and had already been there for 8 hours and assumed they had someone to cover me, I wasn't allowed to use the walkies to ask to be covered to go home, so I quickly found my manager and told her my shift was done.
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  • Font - She got really pissy at me and said "could you really not stay a few more minutes" I tried to tell her "I thought you had someone to cover me I can stay if you want" she then replied "no no just go, but next time you need to wait for a manager to let you go home" record scratch This was never a rule, I asked other people who've worked there for years and they agreed that it wasn't a rule.
  • Font - I worked again a few days later and the store was empty, my shift was over and was about to ask to go home then remember what my manager told me. Cue malicious compliance. I continued to wander the store and slightly fix shelves, making sure I was near my manager. After about 2 and a half hours she said "you're still here, why haven't you gone home?" I replied "you said I need to wait to be told to go home." My manager looked at me as though she was mentally kicking herself "just go" she
  • The comment section was in full support of OP's malicious compliance

    Organism - gvillager · 1d She still hasn't specifically told you that you don't have to follow this rule. Malicious Compliance is still in effect. :) G Reply 1 2.3k 3 + UWSDWF3 • 1d haha yes I love it. Make a daily game of it till she specifically redacted her first demand. 4 453 3
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  • Boss gets a taste of her own medicine

    Organism - SirVatka • 1d Kicking herself or wanting to kick you? Reply 4 2k Brooklynisqueerr OP · 1d Hard to tell, I was one of those "are you fucking kidding me" faces, could really go both ways 6 q 1.7k

    Redditor u/zubyzubyzoo added, "The thing is, if she had had a real conversation with you the first thing, you probably wouldn't have even thought of it again. It always pays off to treat your employees like people and with respect."

  • Some redditors had similar stories

    Font - Elegant_Habit_9269 · 1d Our retail store had a rule that employees could not leave the store until their bag was checked by a manager. This could take a very long time, particularly at the holidays. You'd clock out and then wait 20 minutes for your bag check. So I stopped clocking out until after the bag check and pocketed some extra holiday pay. G Reply 1 331

    Redditor u/vanhawk28 noted that this sort of policy isn't legal in the United States anymore. "I believe there were several court cases about this and almost everywhere it is illegal now for a business to require you to either have a bag check, or lock the doors, or literally anything after clocking out. Have to have clocking out be your absolute last task."

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  • It can work if it goes both ways

    Organism - Puoaper · 1d See at my work we have to inform a manager we are leaving. They don't get to say no. It's very clear. If you don't tell them you will be punished and if they say no they will be punished. It's a great system and I'm very happy with it. Makes sure other workers won't be fucked and neither will the person leaving. Reply 1 115 3

    u/Puoaper explained that this sort of policy works well if the manager is prohibited from refusing to let an employee leave.

    "This is the most logical answer." u/batmessiah agreed. "I'm lucky to not have a manager on site, so if I have to leave, I just tell a colleague, so they know not to look for me if there's a fire/emergency."

    "I think it is a great system." u/Puoaper replied. "It works very smoothly and keeps everyone honest. Most importantly it doesn't treat anyone like children. Everyone is responsible for managing their own time off. You can use it as you like but once you run out for the year you are out. Simple as."


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