Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dear Mr. Sofa Mart

About three years ago my husband decided to change careers. He was tired of restaurant management and all the hours that go into it...so he/we made a choice to make a big plunge into the world of "commission only". At first he was so impressed with your company. It seemed so family oriented and he loved all the training opportunities. He stuck with you...even when things were tough financially! About a year and a half ago he was promoted to manager and he moved his family away from their home and family and friends to a new state. At first things were so good...he loved his Regional Manager and felt support from the upper upper management. He worked hard...he never called in sick, he was ALWAYS loyal. As the economy started to fail his pay got smaller and smaller...it got so small and he was so nervous...I was nervous too...I got a job outside the home, even though I already had a lovely job at home, raising our six children. As his pay got smaller his duties got bigger...as, for some reason, you all decided that you wanted to save money and have your employees take on things they never had to do before...like wash the big windows of the front of the store and change the BIG flood lights outside in the parking lots. (among many other things!!) Did he, or any of the other employees receive compensation for this? NO! But he did it..he stayed loyal. So, one day in Feb, my husband went to the bank and deposited some money.....he took his employee with him (just what he's supposed to do!) and he watched as my husband opened the night deposit box, dropped the deposit in there and then opened it again to make sure it went in....(this is what he does each time). Then he went about his duties. Now, it's May and YOU can't find this deposit...the bank says it never made it into the account. So, you do your little investigation and find that my husband has a perfect track record...never any missing money...ever! But you fire him anyway...for "lack of trust" LACK OF TRUST!! And because he has been with you for so long you are not going to pursue him for the missing funds...oh, how very nice of you! I think the reason you will not "pursue" him is that HE DID NOT TAKE that money!! Do you think if my husband took that deposit I might of noticed when we had enough money to pay our rent and to pay our bills? OH, I may of noticed that! So, let me get this straight.....my husband does his job above and beyond....he is loyal....he follows the rules and even though he is backed up by those rules (the employee who went with him that night verified that he deposited the money)....you still fire him? For "lack of trust?"....that is despicable!! Shame, shame, shame on you!
Kim Schafer

Okay...I feel better now.

12 comments:

Michelle said...

He got fired? That is horrible. I'm so sorry to hear this. Hang in there. Love you

kim said...

Oh Kim, I am so sorry! To bad you are so far away, we could take the kidos for a big messy milk shake then we could take them and their messy little hands to that store... Then after they got the furniture all messy, we could fart on the couches!!!!!!!! Hang in there.

J and M said...

Oh dear. I am so sorry to hear this............. ARgh.

Greg and/or Angie said...

I would definitely talk to a lawyer about that, that is disgusting.

Kim said...

Thanks to my wonderful friends...Love to you guys! Kim, I laughed right out loud!!! That would be AWESOME! I didn't write it in my "letter" but Aaron does have another job. We have known about the deposit issue for over a week....so he has been looking. I know blessings will come of this...I just know it....I just HAD to vent..it's just part of who I am.

Steph and Jeff said...

Now just send that letter to Mr. Sofa Mart for real those big jerks. But perhaps this is a good thing for your husband to be not working for such a despicable company. Hope you can tie over for a while. I bet you are glad that you do have your job to help just a little bit. We'll keep you in our prayers. We love you.

Bobi said...

I am so sorry to hear that happened! That is just awful. I'm also glad that he was able to find something else so quickly! I'm with Greg and/or Angie. I would check it out with a lawyer! Good luck!

Lia said...

I'm sorry Kim. It's good to hear he has another job. Hopefullly things will be better. We have neighbors who have been out of work for months now and can't find work. So that's good he found one quickly.

Stacie said...

That stinks! Sorry to hear it. :(

Julie said...

So sorry! My dad was fired years ago by a large Utah company for not doing a job that he had busted his butt to do. Someone in management was looking for a way to get rid of him. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth, knowing that people can be so cruel.

Lara said...

That is so terrible! I am sorry that has happened. I am with Angie and Bobi, I would look into it and enlist the help of the fellow employees who were with him. That is terribly wrong! Loved your 'letter'!

Alisa said...

So sorry and sad to hear about your latest challenge. It's not right and it's not fair, but I'm sure you're family will make it through. You always do! :)

Pretty much all banks have the drop off/ ATMs under surveillance- shouldn't the bank at least check that, and then look for any other account that "accidentally" had that amount deposited into it? It has happened to us before- the clerk was typing in an account number of one of Matt's brothers at the bank, but the money somehow made it into our account instead. We called when we had unexpected money in there, and they were able to put it in the right account. The mondey HAS to be somewhere!

So frustrating! And if you can't complain/vent to friends, who can you vent to? I'm glad you got some of it out!