So, I was driving to get to work this morning. I, as a student cashier, am expected to be the only cashier to work on Saturdays, and start at 8:30am at that. Anyway, I made the mistake of taking my normal route, unfortunate because I was trying to go right by a comencement location while people were still arriving. I swear I sat at that light for 10-15 minutes because the sensors notived that EVERYONE wanted to turn into the parking lot (which none of the drivers would realize until the last minute) and refused to give me a green at the same time so that I could get to work. I ended up being 10 minutes late, but I thought no big deal.
I walk in, and the only other people there, as usual, are the emergency phone girls. One of them is new, a vet student, and nice. The othere one I have never really had problems with, but sometimes if I ask her a question (usually about the phones, which I don’t use as much during the week) she talks at me like I’m an idiot.
Today I came in and she instantly goes into “Oh, we were wondering if you were coming.” I tell her how I got stuck in traffic going past the graduations and I didn’t think of that before I was already stuck. “Well we had to turn people away already. That’s why (My Supervisor) always says to be here at 8.” So I think, ok, you couldn’t tell people that I shoudl be there in a minute? Fine, they don’t HAVE to pay as they leave, it just means we’ll send out a paper bill later, with the hundreds of others we send at the end of the month from people who checked out when cashiers weren’t on duty.
I thought to point out that I was told by my trainer when I started that we didn’t have to be there until 8:30. She responds with “Yeah, but (Supervisor) always says to be here at 8 because you guys are always late, so you can be here and start at 8:30”
Well that’s the first I’ve EVER heard of this. I don’t appreciate her attitude, even thought she is older than me and has worked there longer, I know a lot of people who mistreat the student workers because they are just students. And I’m wondering who “you guys” are, because I am never late, besides one time I was behind by 5 minutes because I wasn’t feeling well, but I came in and stayed anyhow. I pretty sure she is referring to past student cashiers, but what has that to do with me exactly?
Basically, since this person has a completely different job than me and is not in my chain of command, how should I deal with this? I don’t want to look like I’m whining to my boss, but I don’t want this woman to think she can just do whatever she wants to me. Especially if she’s going to spread misinformation about my working habits to my supervisor, which she has been known to do.