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Ithinkitsjustme Sun 28-Oct-12 19:39:36

for 1 hour. I work for a supermarket petrol station and my normal Monday shift is from 7pm until 10.15pm, but on Christmas Eve we have been told that we will be closing at 8. AIBU to say that I won't go in for 1 hour? Even if I go in I will still owe them 2.25 hours work. As far as I am concerned they can either ASK if the people who work until 7 would mind staying on until 8 or just close at 7.

MummifiedBonkeyMollocks Sun 28-Oct-12 19:42:14

I personally wouldn't bother.
<awaits a flaming>

Mutt Sun 28-Oct-12 19:43:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TidyDancer Sun 28-Oct-12 19:44:35

If you are contracted to work Mondays, YABU. And you could potentially be in trouble for refusing to go in.

What is your reason for not wanting to work?

squeakytoy Sun 28-Oct-12 19:44:38

Why would you not go in if it is your allocated shift?

MrsKeithRichards Sun 28-Oct-12 19:45:44

I'd just be happy you weren't having to stay until close!

This happened in the library I worked in. Usually an 8pm finish but Christmas eve was 5pm so I had to do my usual 30 mile round trip for 2 hours work but I was just pleased I wasn't going to be there all night!

ENormaSnob Sun 28-Oct-12 19:45:57

Could you go in earlier so you get normal pay and don't owe hours?

Ithinkitsjustme Sun 28-Oct-12 19:46:19

Because it is Christmas Eve and I don't want to travel to work for a one hour shift and still owe them time. I'd be quite happy to do my usual shift but it seems a complete waste for 1 hour.

MrsCantSayAnything Sun 28-Oct-12 19:47:14

Yabu. it's your job! Just because it's inconvenient does not mean you get to pick and choose.

MrsKeithRichards Sun 28-Oct-12 19:47:26

Tough shit. That's what it boils down to!

Ithinkitsjustme Sun 28-Oct-12 19:47:40

xpost ENorma, but no I wouldn't be able to go in earlier as they don't need more than 2 people on a shift. Good idea though.

MrsCantSayAnything Sun 28-Oct-12 19:47:43

why would you owe them time? Won't they just pay you for the hour?

pinkyp Sun 28-Oct-12 19:48:02

Have they said this is what you have to do? Generally Xmas eve our hours get changed to fit in with store opening time

Mutt Sun 28-Oct-12 19:48:03

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DrHolmes Sun 28-Oct-12 19:48:04

Do the shift but I dont see why you'd owe them hours if it was their decision to close the shop earlier than normal. So I would argue that but still do the one hour shift.

DizzyPurple Sun 28-Oct-12 19:48:13

I cant see how you could get away with not going in. I dont see why you should owe them time though if they are shutting early. Not your fault.

LeChatRouge Sun 28-Oct-12 19:49:07

Ask the people working the day shift to do your hour and offer to cover for them in return?

McHappyPants2012 Sun 28-Oct-12 19:49:16

Yabu you know some of us (me) is working an 8 hour shift Christmas Day.

GwendolineScaryLacey Sun 28-Oct-12 19:49:19

Does seem a bit bonkers to close so soon into a new shift but I guess they have their reasons. As they have decided that's what they want though, you just have to suck it up.

Hassled Sun 28-Oct-12 19:49:31

Agree that it's tough. I do see your point and I do sympathise, but it's a working day and the 7-8 shift is still a shift.

Rather than refuse, see if you can negotiate. Can someone who works till 7 do your hour if you do one of their hours on a different day?

PrincessOfChina Sun 28-Oct-12 19:49:46

At first I thought YWNBU but then I remembered that if I want Christmas Eve off I have to book the whole day as holiday, even though the office ALWAYS gets shut at lunchtime. Same really.

YABU.

Inneedofbrandy Sun 28-Oct-12 19:49:49

Meh I'd ring in sick. Hopefully the weather would be snowy ect and you could say your snowed in.

mluddy Sun 28-Oct-12 19:51:06

Could be worse. You could have had to work til 10.15pm.

As such I'd be grateful and turn up for the hour. Hardly fair to expect your colleagues to do overtime on xmas eve for it.

Ithinkitsjustme Sun 28-Oct-12 19:51:08

Will probably do that LeChatRouge.
They pay for the entire shift but then expect you to make up the hours at their convienience.

SavoyCabbage Sun 28-Oct-12 19:51:59

I would try and 'swap' with one of the other two people doing the earlier shift and do theirs and your own hour. I agree with you that it's a pain in the bum to go for only an hour but you can't just refuse to go to work.

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