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Boss with No Heart

November 16, 2012

In the ambulance, my boss called me several times, threatening to fire me because I was unable to do my job. She continued to keep calling me, specifically harassing me about how my health problems were causing scheduling problems for the business, until my mother picked up my phone in the ER and told her to leave me alone. (She didn't).

I had just returned to work at a corporate coffee shop after having a heart surgery and a subsequent hospitalization for my heart, and about half a day in, I felt my heart strained again. The heart problem I got hospitalized for is literally life or death, so when I felt the symptoms arise again I called an ambulance immediately. In the ambulance, my boss called me several times, threatening to fire me because I was unable to do my job. She continued to keep calling me, specifically harassing me about how my health problems were causing scheduling problems for the business, until my mother picked up my phone in the ER and told her to leave me alone. (She didn't). A few weeks later, I returned to work, and weeks later the entire coffee shop lost their health insurance--we were given twelve hours' notice until it lapsed. When I put my two weeks' in a month later, my boss was astonished and said to me, "What am I supposed to do?" Which was the exact same thing I've been saying to my stacks of medical bills for years now.

— Bad Barista, California