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in microfiction •  7 months ago 

The situation, as I was thoroughly informed, was that no overtime would be approved. It didn't matter that we were short staffed. It didn't matter that my manager couldn't run till. The rules were the rules.

Ten minutes from my fortieth hour I flashed my light. I made a quick announcement. To my surprise, Black Friday had all my coworkers too busy.

Five minutes away I shut down my lane and counted my drawer. I left the store with a shrug.

An hour and twenty phone calls later, I found out I could get overtime if I wanted.

I didn't.


I tried to limit myself to 100 words for @jayna's contest with the prompt "rule".

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Clever story, @simonpennon! Anyone who has worked retail, or for hourly wages of any kind, will completely understand the humor and charm of this little story.