Oak Grove flash market
What the heck

Tecumseh, KS

#1 Nov 13, 2012
What is going on with this store? I read on here where a cashier got suspended a few months ago for something she didn't do (see "Cosmic Cavern" article). Well, apparently Tracy the manager later got fired because the merchandise auditors are crooked and/or make mistakes that always showed the store to be short on merchandise. No warning, no anything, just the district manager showing up and saying "you're fired". Tracy has 2 kids and was the only one working, kind of unfair for something that wasn't her fault. Then the district manager promoted Tiffany, one of the cashiers to manager.(I know Tiffany personally, so know that this part of the story is true) Since Tiffany became manager, the store audits have been steadily getting better over the last 4 months. Last month, supposedly the store was short $1700 in merchandise. This month,(today) the store was short $900. Last month, the district manager told Tiffany that if the store was short again, she would be fired, so, being in need of a job, and knowing how the auditors were (crooked), over the last month, Tiffany has been taking $18-$20 a day, OUT OF HER OWN PAYCHECK) in order to ring up merchandise THAT HAD NOT BEEN SOLD, STILL IN THE STORE, so her audit would come out right, in compensation for crooked auditors. Still, today, she was fired, for something that was not her fault, and this close to Christmas on top of all of it. Why can't the flash market district manager get her head out of her ass long enough to see that it isn't the store managers' fault, it's the auditors? New manager coming tomorrow, bet he has the same problem, fired in a few months.
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#2 Nov 14, 2012
Ultimately, it's the store manager's responsibility.

There are many reasons for losses, but mostly from theft. Some of that comes from shoplifting, some of it comes from employees with sticky fingers lifting money out of the till.

If the store is losing money, the manager should know that long before an auditor comes. If he doesn't know, he's not doing his job.

If he fails to implement measures to curatil the losses, he's not doing his job.

Think about it like this. Let's say you invest $150,000 in a convenience store business. You hire a manager to operate it for you. Month after month the store consistently loses money. You have two choices. Either continue to lose money, or replace the manager.

It's not personal, it's business. People don't invest money in businesses in order to lose money. They invest in order to make a profit.

If the man (or woman) in charge can't or won't rectify simple problems that are causing losses, he should be fired.
What the heck

Marshall, AR

#3 Nov 14, 2012
The thing about it, over the last several months, the store has been steadily improving from what it was previously.
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#4 Nov 16, 2012
What the heck wrote:
The thing about it, over the last several months, the store has been steadily improving from what it was previously.
It sounds like replacing incompetent managers is having a positive effect.
LMAO

Kansas City, KS

#5 Nov 16, 2012
It sounds like the owners and district managers need to get a clue as to what is going on in their store.
The husband

Olathe, KS

#6 Nov 17, 2012
Most of what is here is right, she WAS bringing the audits up to a better state every month, and it WAS out of her own pocket. None of that matters though, she's tickled pink that she doesn't have to deal with Flash Market's BS anymore.
On a new note, and this is the illegal part, she went in yesterday to get her paycheck that she had coming, like everyone else. When she gets there and goes in with 2 other employees, she asked for her check, and the owner, Dwayne, was there, and told her that "your check is still in West Memphis". She then called the district manager, Cindy, and asked about her check, and Cindy told her "Sometimes they keep the last check of an employee that was fired".
THAT is the crooked part, and illegal to do.
Crooked, because 1) She is owed the money, and 2) Because we were counting on it to pay bills.
Illegal, because Arkansas law states that an employer cannot keep a paycheck.
It's okay though, Monday, she is filing a wage claim with the Labor Board, and formally requesting her wages from Flash Market.
Really, I hope they stall and refuse to pay her for a while, because if they do, she can take it to court and they will have to pay not only her wages due, but they will have to pay her the same amount she would have made from the time she was fired and they refused to pay her, up to the time they finally are ordered to pay her. And that could be a couple of months worth of wages.
We will see.
Other than that, I guess for shopping, Flash market isn't a bad place to stop in, but I don't see how anyone could stand to work for them.
An interested party

Harrison, AR

#7 Nov 20, 2012
Generally, companies do hold the final paycheck of an employee if there is a discrepancy in money and/or merchandise. This is a common practice, and NOT illegal in the State of Arkansas.
The husband

Kansas City, KS

#8 Nov 20, 2012
Actually, it IS illegal in Arkansas, as per Arkansas code 11-4-405, a company doing business in this state is required to give a final paycheck to a terminated employee within 7 days of request.
If there is a discrepancy in money or merchandise, then the company can file legal or civil charges against the employee.
Either way, she is taking legal action on the matter, so we will see what happens.
no longer interested

Mountain Home, AR

#9 Dec 6, 2012
well, as of Tuesday December 4th, there is no longer a Flash Market in Oak Grove. The decision was made on Monday, after a few weeks of researching and tabulating the total losses/shortages of the store; approximately $11,000.00 in missing merchandise and cash and around 4,400 gallons of fuel unaccounted for. Corporate showed up with the moving trucks to load it up and allocate it all to other store locations. A very sad day for Oak Grove and the people of the community....and the people who worked in the store. Now, three weeks before Christmas, those folks are left without jobs....and they know where to lay the blame. And to those of you who are responsible, I don't know how you can even look yourselves in the mirror everyday, knowing that you are the cause of this loss to this great little community!
Funny

South West City, MO

#10 Dec 6, 2012
Isn't that strange? Almost a month ago, the manager that was there got fired for a little over $900 in merchandise shortage, and $240 in cash shortage.(YOU were the one that fired her Cindy, so you know).
A new manager was brought in to bring things back up to par....and last Tuesday's audit was $11,000 short? PLUS 4,400 gallons of gas? Sounds like the new manager and old employees had a heyday with the store.
Shame shame
Oak Grove is missing nothing anyway, people just stopped there for small things, to avoid going to Berryville or Blue Eye, most people went to Westside anyway. So no big loss. I'm sure someone will buy the building and open it back up, someone that knows how to run a store in a small town, and knows whats going on inside their store.
Besides, Flash Market management are liars and cheats for the majority anyway.(you included, you, who claim to not be able to stand a liar) go figure.
True

South West City, MO

#11 Dec 6, 2012
Why do you think everyone that walked into the store while they were loading the stuff up asked if the store was closing? Then laughed their butts off when they found out it was. Nobody will miss the store.
Besides, better business for westside.
ARpolitician

South West City, MO

#12 Dec 6, 2012
Well, I personally know two of the parties discussed here, and have known for almost two years the sad shape this store was in for most of the time since it opened. I honestly do not think that the managers, any of them, were stealing from the store, as the accusations have stated. Since J&P Flash Market opened this store, it has been filthy, the equipment has been in bad shape, things not working, especially the gas pumps. I have had several calls complaining of water in the gas. The employees working there were rude for the most part, and not at all professional. I must give compliment to all three of the last managers, Marlo was always professional and most of the employees working for her were considerate and friendly. Tracey was very friendly and always willing to help a customer if she could. And Tiffany was friendly and professional, and the store really improved in cleanliness while she was there. I would hire any of the 3 to work for me, providing they had the experience.
The real reason this store went under is because upper management has no idea of the demographics of Oak Grove Arkansas, most of the stores J&P Flash Market own are in bigger cities with a different demographic base, and upper management was not "hands-on" in this store the way they should have been. The store management is not to blame, if this store was closed because it was $11,000 short on merchandise, and $14,500 short on fuel, why try to blame the store managers, the last one, or the three weeks? For any business to be that short, it would take several months to accumulate, and from what I hear, that store had an audit every month. If it had been that short, it would have been caught way before last Monday.
And it is true that the upper management at J&P Flash Market are in violation of the law, they have refused to give the terminated manager her pay, I have advised her as to what steps to take to obtain her money. They have done this previously also, I have heard, to another employee that was terminated. Simple solution to ANY employee in this State, send a Certified Mail Demand Letter to the payroll manager at the main office, if you still don't have your pay within seven days, file a Wage Claim with the State Labor Board. That usually works.
I do think that J&P Flash Market was wrong to close this store without warning to the employees, I was told that the owners and help showed up at 8 AM Tuesday morning with moving trucks, came in, and told the cashier to "shut it down", and the store was emptied and closed by 5 PM. No warning to anyone. That was unethical, after all, it is close to Christmas, and there will be several families that will have no presents under the tree this year.
Oh well

South West City, MO

#13 Dec 9, 2012
no big loss
Rebel

South West City, MO

#14 Dec 11, 2012
Its no wonder they were so short on gas, 2 of the clerks would give away tanks of gas every night they worked to thier friends, i know cause i got free gas too, and the manager was too stupid to find out. and one of them would take peoples money for gas and never ring the gas up, the money went into his pocket.
Really

South West City, MO

#15 Dec 12, 2012
Who were the clerks? I sure as shit never got any free gas, guess I wasn't im-potant 'nuff.
Phukkflashmarket

Dubuque, IA

#16 Feb 21, 2013
Well, the ex-manager Tiffany got her paycheck from flash market.
Actually, she went easy on them. She had the option by law to take them to court and make them pay her from the day she got fired until now, but since she isn't one to ask for something she didn't earn, she didn't sue them, and they ought to feel lucky, because if she had sued them, they would have owed her over $3000 for missing pay over the last 3 months.
She DID go to the labor board with it, and the labor board MADE flash market pay her the check, they had to send it to the board personally, then the labor board sent it to Tiffany.
Just goes to prove that an employer can not keep someone's paycheck, no matter what.
Bboy

Paragould, AR

#17 Jul 22, 2015
What the heck wrote:
What is going on with this store? I read on here where a cashier got suspended a few months ago for something she didn't do (see "Cosmic Cavern" article). Well, apparently Tracy the manager later got fired because the merchandise auditors are crooked and/or make mistakes that always showed the store to be short on merchandise. No warning, no anything, just the district manager showing up and saying "you're fired". Tracy has 2 kids and was the only one working, kind of unfair for something that wasn't her fault. Then the district manager promoted Tiffany, one of the cashiers to manager.(I know Tiffany personally, so know that this part of the story is true) Since Tiffany became manager, the store audits have been steadily getting better over the last 4 months. Last month, supposedly the store was short $1700 in merchandise. This month,(today) the store was short $900. Last month, the district manager told Tiffany that if the store was short again, she would be fired, so, being in need of a job, and knowing how the auditors were (crooked), over the last month, Tiffany has been taking $18-$20 a day, OUT OF HER OWN PAYCHECK) in order to ring up merchandise THAT HAD NOT BEEN SOLD, STILL IN THE STORE, so her audit would come out right, in compensation for crooked auditors. Still, today, she was fired, for something that was not her fault, and this close to Christmas on top of all of it. Why can't the flash market district manager get her head out of her ass long enough to see that it isn't the store managers' fault, it's the auditors? New manager coming tomorrow, bet he has the same problem, fired in a few months.
They need good employee and to take ownership of it.

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