Co-worker flips out on me and threatens my life...what should I do?

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    Sep 08, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    I work part-time as a Pharmacy Tech in CVS, and I'm also a student.

    There is this guy I work with who is apparently related to the district manager, so she got him the job. He's in his early 30s, and is a complete nutjob. He's constantly cursing and saying inappropriate things in front of customers, and has a bad anger problem. He's also made inappropriate comments about girls as young as 12 and 13, which is really creepy. Everyone I work with know he's a wacko.

    Last night, he flipped out on me in front of the whole pharmacy because I was ringing someone up on his register. We really aren't supposed to do that, but I had to because I was the only person at the register and I was helping like 5 people at once, and there were like 3 customers standing in front of my register so I used his.

    Earlier in the day he was talking about how he had gotten in trouble because his drawer was short money. When he saw me using his drawer he said something like "Be careful with my drawer, because I got in trouble". So then once I was done I used my own.

    After he saw my using my own register he flipped out and said something like "You had a drawer the whole fuckin time and you were using mine?!". I tried to explain it to him but he continued to get in my face and curse me out. He ended up walking away to go to the drive-thru window to help a customer, and then he blurted out what I think was "I'll fuckin kill you". There were other employees present at the time.

    My boss won't be in until Monday and I completely intend to tell him. But I really feel like contacting Human Resources (even though this guy is supposedly related to one of the district managers). I'm actually kind of afraid to go back to work because I don't know what this psycho is capable of, or if he's going to start with me for ratting him out. But I know some of the pharmacists were going to tell on him anyway. Luckily he isn't there tomorrow or Saturday, and I'm off today.

    What should I do?
  • smudgedude

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    Sep 08, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    yeah, definitely report this. i doubt though that this will be something he remembers...i imagine that with such a short fuse, he probably flipped the F out about 5 other things after that happened and got more wrapped up in them.
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    Sep 08, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    Its better to report this , but make sure you don't make it too 'personal' other wise it'll just end up messy Be calm about it. Also make sure you type up a written report. Record the dates and approximate of his disturbance so you can have solid evidence. Copy and forward all this evidence to HR who can handle the situation a little bit more effectively. Also do try to get your colleagues on board....

    Remember you're not whistle blowing, you're simply giving evidence that you are in an hostile workplace and it you are affected because of so and so.

    Hope this helps
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    Sep 08, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    I definitely intend on telling my immediate supervisor, who is the pharmacy manager. I just don't know if he is even going to do anything about it. He normally doesn't like to get involved with things like this.
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    Sep 08, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
    Really get away from his damn face .. and don't use his shit ... dun give him a chance to talk to u ...
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    Sep 08, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    countrycityboy saidI work part-time as a Pharmacy Tech in CVS, and I'm also a student.

    There is this guy I work with who is apparently related to the district manager, so she got him the job. He's in his early 30s, and is a complete nutjob. He's constantly cursing and saying inappropriate things in front of customers, and has a bad anger problem. He's also made inappropriate comments about girls as young as 12 and 13, which is really creepy. Everyone I work with know he's a wacko.

    Last night, he flipped out on me in front of the whole pharmacy because I was ringing someone up on his register. We really aren't supposed to do that, but I had to because I was the only person at the register and I was helping like 5 people at once, and there were like 3 customers standing in front of my register so I used his.

    Earlier in the day he was talking about how he had gotten in trouble because his drawer was short money. When he saw me using his drawer he said something like "Be careful with my drawer, because I got in trouble". So then once I was done I used my own.

    After he saw my using my own register he flipped out and said something like "You had a drawer the whole fuckin time and you were using mine?!". I tried to explain it to him but he continued to get in my face and curse me out. He ended up walking away to go to the drive-thru window to help a customer, and then he blurted out what I think was "I'll fuckin kill you". There were other employees present at the time.

    My boss won't be in until Monday and I completely intend to tell him. But I really feel like contacting Human Resources (even though this guy is supposedly related to one of the district managers). I'm actually kind of afraid to go back to work because I don't know what this psycho is capable of, or if he's going to start with me for ratting him out. But I know some of the pharmacists were going to tell on him anyway. Luckily he isn't there tomorrow or Saturday, and I'm off today.

    What should I do?


    Report him..no one should ever have to go to work feeling intimidated by a fellow employee. That's gonna create an awkward atmosphere for both of you.
  • mybud

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    Sep 08, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    What should ya do????? If anyone threatens ya...Do this...works like a charm...Ya beat their ass....done.....BUD
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    Sep 08, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidIts better to report this , but make sure you don't make it too 'personal' other wise it'll just end up messy Be calm about it. Also make sure you type up a written report. Record the dates and approximate of his disturbance so you can have solid evidence. Copy and forward all this evidence to HR who can handle the situation a little bit more effectively. Also do try to get your colleagues on board....

    Remember you're not whistle blowing, you're simply giving evidence that you are in an hostile workplace and it you are affected because of so and so.

    Hope this helps


    This. Be professional and don't let emotion enter into it at all. You don't want it dissolving into a personality conflict. What he did, as reported, is completely inappropriate, and should not have to be tolerated by anyone, nepotism be damned.
  • LJay

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    Sep 08, 2011 11:15 PM GMT
    Report it to your supervisor. Keep a written record of the whole thing to trun over to HR and consider asking not to be scheduled with him at all or to be transferred to another store. The lawyers here can verify it, but I think a threat like "I'll kill you." could convince a judge to issue a restraining order.

    Chances are the DM knows how the guy is and won't be too happy to hear about his temper showing.
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    Sep 08, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    At a minimum, you should notify your immediate supervisor and your HR orally and in writing. If you really feel physically threatened, go to your nearest police station and file a report. This will create a record that can be used to (i) protect you from future threats, and (ii) establish the predicate in the event that you have to defend yourself from an actual physical attack.
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    Sep 08, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    sounds like a couple of people I work with.
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    Sep 08, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    Deal with facts, cool and dispassionately, with HR.

    It would also be a horrible shame if he got the hell beaten out of him during some anonymous mugging.

    While you were with a group of people in a public place on the far side of town.
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    Sep 08, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    There's a reason why he's behaving like that. He thinks the relationship with the DM gives him the right to do whatever he wants and he's very secure that he will never be terminated. Report him but not to the DM.

    Call corporate and file the complaint with them. I assume you have the special employee toll-free number that connects to CVS corporate HR? If so, do the complaint at that level. Let corporate "bring down the rain" on the employee and the DM.

    Don't even bother with another DM. I've learn when there's a special interest with someone at a higher rank, things always end up bad for the person getting victimized doing the reporting.

    Good Luck.
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    Sep 08, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    Report it to HR immediately, if you feel threatened go to police and file a formal complaint, that way he knows he will be in trouble he lays a hand on you.
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    Sep 08, 2011 11:57 PM GMT
    Report this asshole.
  • mke_bt

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    Sep 09, 2011 12:32 AM GMT

    Keep a log of everything. Time, date, comments, names of co-workers who may have witnessed any verbal abuse. Documentation is key.
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    Sep 09, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    DOMINUS saidAt a minimum, you should notify your immediate supervisor and your HR orally and in writing. If you really feel physically threatened, go to your nearest police station and file a report. This will create a record that can be used to (i) protect you from future threats, and (ii) establish the predicate in the event that you have to defend yourself from an actual physical attack.


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    This. Smart man.