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Those With Little Power Like To Flex ‘Muscle’

October 29, 2018

Today, in front of me at Menards, an employee was being lambasted by a supervisor.  I very clearly stated to the supervisor that it is not acceptable to berate an employee in front of a customer.

I then told the young man, who felt awful to be embarrassed in public, that I was sure he was doing a fine job. The young man, rightly feeling emboldened, raised his arm and pointed away and told the supervisor he could have had the conversation away from the customers.

I am so tired of people who have no real power–such as the supervisor–acting out in ways to show they ‘have power’, and in so doing, make a young person feel awful.


  1. Howard permalink
    October 30, 2018 4:46 PM

    I hope that the young fellow did not get fired later, because the supervisor was angry about what you said. Yes, there are incompent people in “management” who are perfectly capable of such acts of petty revenge. You really ought to bring the incident to the attention of Menards corporate management.

  2. Mark Phillips permalink
    October 30, 2018 11:58 AM

    Actually the supervisor does have the power but he is a poor supervisor to do that in public

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