She looked at her $0.01 paycheck and swore to herself that she would do something about it. No one deserves to receive such a pathetic income.
Sarah was livid. She shouldn’t have left her house in the state that she was in but what choice did she have. She wasn’t going to let him get away with this.
25-year-old Sarah Vin worked as a waitress in a busy restaurant in Fargo, North Carolina. She had worked there for two years and was a dedicated and reliable employee.
She always showed up to work 10 minutes before her shift and rarely called in sick. The customers seemed to love her service too. But not everybody liked her.
Sarah’s manager was a real piece of work. He had a reputation for being a bit of a bully. Just as Sarah had figured out, there was no pleasing him. To him, his staff never worked hard enough and were always trying to cheat the system.
He was stringent on his employee’s paychecks, which Sarah would soon find out.
It was a particularly bad month for Sarah. She had a full month of early morning shifts when the restaurant was more or less empty. She had collected an all-time low sum of tips and began to worry about covering the bills for the upcoming month.
But rent would be the least of her problems.
Sarah began to come down with the flu when she received her paycheck. She had no idea what to expect given her early shifts but she certainly didn’t expect this.
Sarah’s jaw dropped at the sight of her payroll earnings. A total sum of $0.01 after tax and medicare. She was enraged and immediately took to social media.
The early mornings had started to take a toll on Sarah’s health. She felt more agitated than usual as she snapped a picture of her paycheck and uploaded a post to her social media accounts.
She captioned the post: “The f*** I’m gonna do with one penny Steven!…Life of a server… this is 6 weeks of ‘pay’. Tip your servers!!!”. But it wasn’t enough.
From Bad To Worse
Sarah thought the online rant would make her feel better but it didn’t. She was sick and tired of being paid poorly. She was at her wit’s end and wanted to teach her manager a lesson.
But just as she thought about what she could do, she felt a fever coming on. She spent the rest of the evening racing between her bed and the bathroom. Then things went from bad to worse.
Calling In Sick
The next morning Sarah called her manager and told him she was sick. “With what?”, her manager asked, clearly not believing her.
Sarah explained her symptoms and the night she had but it was no use. “If you had the flu you’d be completely knocked out”, he said. “I need you in. Come in and bring a doctor’s note or you’re fired”.
Sarah was livid. She was too weak and contagious to leave her house but what choice did she have? She couldn’t lose her job. She was struggling enough as it was.
She pulled herself together and walked 20 minutes in the cold to the nearest doctor’s office. She had never felt so ill in her life. And she knew exactly who to blame.
When Sarah stepped into the doctor’s office the woman immediately reprimanded her for coming in. “You shouldn’t be here”, she quipped. “Leaving your home when you’re this ill is not only dangerous for yourself but for everyone around you. You need to leave”.
Sarah begged her to see her and quickly explained why she needed a doctor’s note.
As she explained her predicament to the doctor, she watched the doctor’s face change from concern to outrage that mirrored her own.
“This is why I need that note”, Sarah said, “I can’t get fired”. The doctor had now redirected her anger from Sarah to Sarah’s manager. She grabbed a pen and started writing.
It read, “Sarah has come to the surgery because her manager has insisted she come in, in spite of the fact that this is illegal and all employees are allowed to self certify.
“Due to being forced to make this unnecessary and highly dangerous trip when the patient is ill, has a fever of 39°C, and almost passed out in the waiting room, I am signing Sarah off for two full weeks to recover”, it continued…
Not Done Yet
“Had Sarah been allowed to self certify as is the law, they might only have needed a few days, but due to straining themselves, they now require two full weeks. They are not to be permitted to work until 2 weeks later”.
The doctor wrote her a note for 2 weeks off of paid leave. But Sarah’s mission wasn’t over yet.
She made her way to the restaurant to physically hand in the note as per the manager’s request. But the moment Sarah entered the establishment and the duty manager got a look at her, she immediately told her to go home.
Sarah refused and told her she was under threat of losing her job if she didn’t hand this note to the manager. There was an audible gasp.
After Sarah handed the note to the manager, he replied by saying, “You know, I wasn’t actually serious about you getting fired”. But it was too late to backtrack. He was about to be served a big bowl of karma.
The duty manager was quick on his case and immediately defended Sarah and drove her home. But online, people were hung up over Sarah’s post.