Should I report Dollar Tree for what happened today?

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    Jan 05, 2011 7:52 PM GMT
    I was surprised by what I witnessed today at a Dollar Tree store I shop at. When I got to the checkout, a male worker (who hires people) was chuckling about something with another co-worker. I asked what it was, and he asked me what I thought "Blue Mercury" was? I said I had no idea, maybe a cologne or car, and then I asked why. He said an applicant had put that on his application as a previous company he worked for, and then he chuckled and said "Sounds like some gay place, 'cause the guy was like all (gesturing like the guy acted gay)". Then I said, "Are you going to hire him?" and he replied "I don't know, I told him I'd give him a call back, but (again gesturing like the guy acted gay)" To lighten the situation, I said it was probably just some store. And the guy replied, "The guy does have a lot of retail experience."

    I checked when I got home and Blue Mercury is a high-end cosmetics store.

    I left a message with Dollar Tree customer service because their customer service page does not work online.

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    Jan 05, 2011 11:37 PM GMT
    Your feelings? Still no word or call back from Dollar Tree.
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    Jan 05, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    It was a pretty innocuous remark IMHO (though it might be considered somewhat unprofessional to discuss job applicants with customers, however fleetingly).
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    Jan 05, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    Pick your battles wisely. This is a dollar tree youre talking about. Not some high-brow, high-dollar establishment, a dollar tree. Cashiers there dont give a shit what they say to a costumer, because they dont give a shit about their job.

    I'd let it go. But also, I wouldnt go back.
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    Jan 05, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    Mil8 saidIt was a pretty innocuous remark IMHO (though it might be considered somewhat unprofessional to discuss job applicants with customers, however fleetingly).

    Agree. Unprofessional conduct, but at a Dollar Tree, who the Hell is professional? You're dealing with bottom-of-the-barrel people. Just let this go, it's a non-starter.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Mil8 saidIt was a pretty innocuous remark IMHO (though it might be considered somewhat unprofessional to discuss job applicants with customers, however fleetingly).

    Agree. Unprofessional conduct, but at a Dollar Tree, who the Hell is professional? You're dealing with bottom-of-the-barrel people. Just let this go, it's a non-starter.


    This.
  • gary954

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    Oh come on lighten up! you were at the dollar store!! What do you expect?icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    Being a Brit, I am unfamiliar with Dollar Tree, but presumably it sort of ranks alongside our Pound Shop (though, at the current exchange rate, you would get about 1.5 Dollar Trees to 1 Pound Shop).

    I have to say, I think it may be a little unfair to denigrate all Dollar Tree staff. Some might be college kids trying to pay their way or just someone who has fallen on hard times. After all, it appears at least one prospective employee has 'a lot of retail experience' and has worked at 'a high-end cosmetics store'.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    TawlBlond saidPick your battles wisely. This is a dollar tree youre talking about. Not some high-brow, high-dollar establishment, a dollar tree. Cashiers there dont give a shit what they say to a costumer, because they dont give a shit about their job.
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    Well this applicant obviously gives a shit about this job. You don't know their situation. Maybe they have family crises that require a second job or they lost their job in the economy etc. Just because it is a dollar store does not mean that unethical behavior should be ignored when it means someone who is qualified is passed over for employment simply on the basis of discrimination.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    wasn't worth your time.
    Sounds like u got a lot of time on ur hands.

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:32 AM GMT
    gary954 saidOh come on lighten up! you were at the dollar store!! What do you expect?icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    This is the manager who hires people, not some co-worker.
  • BizzQuik

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    Wow how everyone here is so high and mighty. I am appalled at these comment. It is important to the applicant. This economy is making people take jobs they don't want to keep going in life. You are lucky you haven't had to go down this road but for these comments I really hope you do!

    You would all cry foul if you found out your application was treated this way. Wrestlervic do what you feel is right. If it will bug you that you didn't do anything then try to get in contact. If not then don't it is really up to you and how you will feel.
  • DenveRyk

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    isrred said

    Well this applicant obviously gives a shit about this job. You don't know their situation. Maybe they have family crises that require a second job or they lost their job in the economy etc. Just because it is a dollar store does not mean that unethical behavior should be ignored when it means someone who is qualified is passed over for employment simply on the basis of discrimination.

    Absolutely this. Any business that feels it is aceptable to have their employees engaging in this kind of discriminatory behaviour neeeds to hear from their customers about it. This applicant is looking for employment and obviously needs the money. Why the hell should he be discriminated against because it is a low-brow Dollar store? Wrong is wrong, no matter where it takes place.

    If you choose not to shop there anymore because of this, let them know why, so they can have the option of doing something about their policies in the future. Boycotting without telling the object of the boycott why you are not trading there is useless.]
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    TawlBlond saidPick your battles wisely. This is a dollar tree youre talking about.

    Fo serial bro. The dollar tree is gay. And I don't think anyone shopping or working at the dollar tree really cares about being politically correct. But either way if you wanna get that guy in trouble for what he said then it's both hilarious and the right thing to do.
  • calibro

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    discrimination is discrimination regardless of the establishment. i'm surprised that some members here feel they have the right to judge how someone else is trying to make a living. the bottom line is someone applied for a job, and the person in charge of hiring is considering denying him on the basis that he worked (not even that the applicant is gay) at a gay establishment. forget the type of store. forget the rationale. bottom line is this is awful.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Mil8 saidIt was a pretty innocuous remark IMHO (though it might be considered somewhat unprofessional to discuss job applicants with customers, however fleetingly).

    Agree. Unprofessional conduct, but at a Dollar Tree, who the Hell is professional? You're dealing with bottom-of-the-barrel people. Just let this go, it's a non-starter.
    Agreed. They're doing the dude a favor by not hiring him.
    After working at a high-end place, the last thing he needs on his resume is...THAT place.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:44 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco said
    Mil8 saidIt was a pretty innocuous remark IMHO (though it might be considered somewhat unprofessional to discuss job applicants with customers, however fleetingly).

    Agree. Unprofessional conduct, but at a Dollar Tree, who the Hell is professional? You're dealing with bottom-of-the-barrel people. Just let this go, it's a non-starter.
    Agreed. They're doing the dude a favor by not hiring him.
    After working at a high-end place, the last thing he needs on his resume is...THAT place.


    Yeah, starvation and homelessness is better for gay people, right? It's only a Dollar Tree.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    denveryk saidisrred said

    Well this applicant obviously gives a shit about this job. You don't know their situation. Maybe they have family crises that require a second job or they lost their job in the economy etc. Just because it is a dollar store does not mean that unethical behavior should be ignored when it means someone who is qualified is passed over for employment simply on the basis of discrimination.

    Absolutely this. Any business that feels it is aceptable to have their employees engaging in this kind of discriminatory behaviour neeeds to hear from their customers about it. This applicant is looking for employment and obviously needs the money. Why the hell should he be discriminated against because it is a low-brow Dollar store? Wrong is wrong, no matter where it takes place.

    If you choose not to shop there anymore because of this, let them know why, so they can have the option of doing something about their policies in the future. Boycotting without telling the object of the boycott why you are not trading there is useless.]

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    +1

    When I worked for Kaiser Permenante I was a little surprised one day (after a leather sundries sale took place in the parking lot) to hear our front desk security guard snickering about how all the gays in the building were out there, and how they think "no one knows their nellie but we all really do." Then she joked with me about the fanny packs they had on sale out there and asked me, "You know what they call fanny packs where im from?" To which I replied No. Then she said, "Faggot packs.." I dont know if she could see the glare in my eye or what but there was a good 15 seconds of silence in the air when I excused myself and went upstairs to go back to my desk.

    I thought really long and hard about whether I should speak up about it because at the time I was a temporary employee there and they had absolutely no quips about sending you out the door with a box. But the more I thought about it the more it pissed me off, so I got up called my representative and told them what happened. The next day she was nowhere to be found and they were training a new front door guard. And you know what, I didn't feel the slightest bit bad for her.. maybe next time she will think twice before spewing out ignorant garbage that could be offending someone that's alot closer than you think.

    Dollar Tree is probably a franchise business, try finding out who the owner is instead of the management.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco said
    Mil8 saidIt was a pretty innocuous remark IMHO (though it might be considered somewhat unprofessional to discuss job applicants with customers, however fleetingly).

    Agree. Unprofessional conduct, but at a Dollar Tree, who the Hell is professional? You're dealing with bottom-of-the-barrel people. Just let this go, it's a non-starter.
    Agreed. They're doing the dude a favor by not hiring him.
    After working at a high-end place, the last thing he needs on his resume is...THAT place.


    Yeah, starvation and homelessness is better for gay people, right? It's only a Dollar Tree.
    "Working" at Dollar Tree will cause starvation and homelessness because it don't pay enough to survive.
  • DenveRyk

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    Jan 06, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    Sk8Tex--Good for You! This is the type of thing that makes a difference. If we simply ignore what is happening, or let others think we are okay with it, then we are fully to blame for our own oppression. Congrats for doing the right thing!!
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:54 AM GMT
    When I hear straight people laugh about gays I laugh with them because it's true; gays are laughable. I then divulge into my experiences with gays, citing that since I'm gay I have to deal with even more stereotypes. In the end, I leave them very confused as I laughed with them but at the same time belonged to a group of people they were laughing at to start with.
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:00 AM GMT
    I almost told the guy, "Well, I'm gay" just to see how he'd react. I had one other incident similar to this that I wish I would have done something about.

    When I moved about 4 years ago, I hired a three-man crew. The owner came to my place to access the time and cost. We started talking about wrestling (I was working on the documentary at the time), and then somehow we talked about camaraderie. And he said:

    "I wish those gays would have stayed in the closet. When I walk down the street with my best buddy and his daughter, people probably think we are a couple."

    So there I was getting a good price on people who would be moving my stuff. I said nothing, but I wish I would have walked him out the door and found another company.
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    isrred said
    TawlBlond saidPick your battles wisely. This is a dollar tree youre talking about. Not some high-brow, high-dollar establishment, a dollar tree. Cashiers there dont give a shit what they say to a costumer, because they dont give a shit about their job.
    .


    Well this applicant obviously gives a shit about this job. You don't know their situation. Maybe they have family crises that require a second job or they lost their job in the economy etc. Just because it is a dollar store does not mean that unethical behavior should be ignored when it means someone who is qualified is passed over for employment simply on the basis of discrimination.


    I wasnt TALKING about the fucking applicant, I was talking about the shithead that already WORKS there, that made the comment. What he said sounds completely harmless, but of course he used to word "gay" so we should all gang up and stone him. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    I'm trying to figure out how "completely harmless" that guy is if he acted as though he would not hire the applicant because he seemed gay and may have worked for a gay company.
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    wrestlervic said
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco said
    Mil8 saidIt was a pretty innocuous remark IMHO (though it might be considered somewhat unprofessional to discuss job applicants with customers, however fleetingly).

    Agree. Unprofessional conduct, but at a Dollar Tree, who the Hell is professional? You're dealing with bottom-of-the-barrel people. Just let this go, it's a non-starter.
    Agreed. They're doing the dude a favor by not hiring him.
    After working at a high-end place, the last thing he needs on his resume is...THAT place.


    Yeah, starvation and homelessness is better for gay people, right? It's only a Dollar Tree.
    "Working" at Dollar Tree will cause starvation and homelessness because it don't pay enough to survive.


    Actually the Dollar Tree pays more than Wal-Mart lol but unless you are a manager, you will starve working for any retail store.