Can Rite Aid do this?

Port Murray, NJ

#1 Jul 27, 2012
Okay so I work at a rite aid. I've been working there for 3 years and in the past year we have gotten a new manager. Strict is an understatement. We aren't allowed to talk to other employees while we are working. Even if you aren't doing anything wrong she will find something to yell about such as sale signs, if she doesn't think you are doing them fast enough she will scream at you infront of other employees and other customers. If you are sick and need to call out for the day (which happened to me last week..) she screamed into the phone, "are you serious? you have to call out 2 hours before you are supposed to come in." as i said sorry... she hung up the phone. More recently... I had 3 items to return at my store that I really hated (beauty products) and seeing as our store has a lenient return policy I returned them however I had lost my receipt and got a merchandise return card worth $20. The next day at work I noticed the items I have returned were in the office, and a coworker told me they thought the return was suspicious and thought I stole it!!!! Which i would never do! So obviously I got upset and offended and well, just about had it with this place. Not only that but they decided to check each employee's purse at the end of their shift to make sure they are no stolen goods, but you bet I leave 2 minutes before I am supposed to and bust out of the doors so they can't look through my personal stuff! How is this okay and what should I do?! I know the obvious answer is quit and find another job which I'm in the process of applying places but in the meantime how do I put up with this? Each shift I dread it's horrible!
Common Sense

Ontario, CA

#2 Jul 28, 2012
Some stuff sounds strict but not that bad. If you have to call in, call in at least two hours before. Random bag checks are part of the job and many companies do this. A return without a receipt by an associate is automatically flagged. It needs to be investigated. Dont take it personal, it isn't personal. Internal shrink is a real thing and your SM is responsible for it.

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