By MissMae93 - United States
Today, I've been diagnosed with a severe lung infection. This causes me to viciously hack up a lung every two minutes or so. Not only can I barely breathe as it is, my job requires lots of running around, cleaning and interacting with customers. I have a five-hour shift tonight. FML
MissMae93 tells us more :
To everyone saying I should have called in: unfortunately my work only provides about 3 sick days, which I used when I had my wisdom teeth removed. As for management, usually only one or two people are required to run the entire store (and of course, it was just me). They require much more notice and there was no one else available for the shift. Thank you to everyone with kind words and trust me, if I could have called in, I would have.
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  jedielf  |  23

The OP might have reasons why she can't afford to take a sick day, though. Maybe she's behind on rent or barely keeping up. I'm not sure what the laws are regarding sick leave in the US, though.


Most employers and schools have pretty rough penalties about excess sick days, and we don't know if OP used all of them up yet or not. I've had to go to lectures sick plenty of times, simply because I used up my days because my immune system isn't too great, especially my lungs. Not fair at all, but it happens to a lot of people.

  murdersquirrel  |  15

12, way to bring up something pretty unrelated. "if you smoke you better quit now!" how does having a severe lung infection and going to work with it translate to 'lecture op about smoking?' that's just irritating.

  Ecklcakes  |  15

He better have a large supply, at least 300 for the shift, and OPs already struggling to breathe I'm questioning the quality of those baby chipmunk lungs she bought on Ebay. And the legitimacy of the fishmonger who surgically installed them.

  itzia  |  7

#40 didn't say you were just going to fuck off, and you also didn't say you'd call in sick. He simply mentioned the possibility of calling in sick and how, many people DO use it as a fake excuse. DUH!

Read properly before you snap

  br0ccoli  |  14

7-yea. Hope OP doesn't work in the food service industry. Shouldnt there be a health code against that? I mean, hacking up a lung? That's pretty gross/serious.

  mariet_fml  |  23

@31: You'd be surprised at how many people in food service go in sick. If you're working at McDonalds, you need that money. Most minimum wage places don't have very good policies regarding sick leave, so the employee has to choose between paying the bills or going to work feeling terrible.

Not to mention I've heard of awful managers who threaten them with termination if they don't come in. While it's possible to get unemployment or even sue for wrongful termination, again people work these jobs because they need the money. They don't have the cash to sue.

  shannonreneee  |  11

7, I had a boss who refused to let a co-worker go home despite vomitting every 20 minutes. We work at a pharmacy, you'd think he would let her go home. Unfortunately, some bosses are dicks.

  br0ccoli  |  14

52-I would think that if customers are ingesting food or pills, it is a priority not to contaminate the area or spread it to the customers.

Sorry about your coworker.

44- yea that makes sense. Each day out is less money in the bank. And I would think there are days when they are understaffed.