Coming up short on my cash register, or so they say, once $9 and once $5, I think.

by Emily
(Santa Clara, CA)

I am a 17-year-old and was hired for a part-time summer job at a BBQ restaurant in Santa Clara, CA--my first "real" job. Everything has been going great for over two months--I loved working there. I loved my bosses and the people I worked with. They loved me and told me that when I came home from college on vacations or whatever, that I was welcome to come back. They also said they would give me a great recommendation and could put them down as a reference.


I last worked on Saturday, and when I came in for my scheduled Wednesday shift today, I walked in the door and was told by my manager, in front of other employees, that I was being fired for coming up short on my cash register twice--once for $5.00 and once for $9.00, I think. I had never heard that I was even short once. There was no warning, nothing in writing, no dates and times, no nothing. Just complete and utter humiliation. I was handed my final pay checks and told "good-bye".

I DID NOT steal this money. I do NOT know how my register came up short, or even if it really did. I do not want this unjust accusation on my record.

I want to know what I should do. Help!

Chris's Response to: Coming up short on my cash register, or so they say, once $9 and once $5, I think.

Emily,

You're not really asking me about unemployment benefits as much as you are asking how to get the employer to recant their claim your cash drawer came up short twice for a total of 14 dollars and change their reason for terminating your employment.

Cash shortage, doesn't necessarily mean that anyone stole money, or that the employer's records will reflect theft.

Two
months at your first "real job" will likely not be enough wages to qualify for unemployment either, therefore, there will be no initial determination, or appeal decision saying you fired for something other than work related misconduct.

As far as a mistake being on your record consider that you are still young and you won't necessarily be expected to provide an extensive work history to get another job with a better, more responsible employer.

If me, I don't think I would even mention this job to a prospective employer, unless your former employer called the cops, which I highly doubt.

Humiliation aside, take the lesson you can take away from the experience and move on with it in mind when accepting other at-will employment in the future.

Always take to heart that an employers rules matter and should be followed, but don't be afraid to stand up for yourself, or keep your own best interests in mind and remember there is no reason for feeling humiliation or shame when you know in your own heart, your conscious is clear of wrongdoing. Ironically, it's usually those with years of experience working, that feel guilty, even if they aren't that let those feelings interfere with proving, or rebutting a burden when it is time to file for unemployment.


Chin up Emily, you're young, fresh and new and sounds like you're off to college .. it'll be alright:) .. this was a bad experience, but also a learning experience.

Being fired for a cash shortage is not often synonymous with being accused of theft too. It's being fired for misconduct and without previous warnings that follow along with employer's rules .. it's rebuttable as not being misconduct that fits one, or more of those words used to describe the attitude of the employee found guilty of work misconduct.

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Same thing happening to me:(
by: Anonymous

I work at McDonald's, and on my third day I was told I was missing $9 then on my fourth day of work I was told I was missing $7 idk how I just find it weird:( and it's a really good job with a good pay I don't wanna lose this job! Also it's my first "real" job too! I've spoken to my boss and he says to recount the register at the beginning and end of my shift! Alsooo being short on my register kinda makes me scared to work counter again!! Because of the fear of losing my job:(

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Same here
by: Anonymous

My manager is trying to claim I did this too at my job. I have been double checking everything I do on registers and she still claims I come up short.

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I need help
by: Anonymous

I just got told by my manager that my register was $111 dollars short, and an employee that I work with his was 49$ short and I didn't take any of it I know that for sure is it cause I didn't give to much back.

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Learning Curves not dismissals.
by: Anonymous

Having worked in various jobs requiring money handling I don't think you should be fired for this action. If there other things you were doing that suggested you were pocketing cash or acting suspiciously then yes but good employers would assure you have been trained correctly, monitor your ability, explain and show how your mistake happened and follow up any other actions that may have led to inaccurate transactions or reconciliations, or review systems. These things happen but is important to correct and learn from them


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wrongfully accused
by: Tiny "T"

I work at a cafe. I was told a couple weeks ago that, I was gonna go on call until the other servers were trained. I was then told a week prior the register had been short 2.00 and then 20.00.

I couldn't believe what she was saying. I stated no, the receipt for the store run was in the register. Also, I wasn't told of a short of 20.00. The other server counted behind me. She spreads through the crew that I stole money. Why would she say that! I want to know if I have a claim. I work there to supplement my income by 400.00 a month. What can I do? Please comment.




Could you just tell me if you were fired, or put on call? Being put on call is sort of risky business for an employer if they are going to tell the unemployment department you stole money.

Since you were put on call, have you been called to work?

You can file a claim for partial benefits if you have not already, if you are employed full-time elsewhere. However, I doubt you would receive any benefits even if found eligible due to no fault of your own .. because you have to work less than fulltime to collect and earn less than benefits would be for being totally unemployed to receive a partial amount of a weekly benefit amount you might qualify for when they figure the WBA of you being totally unemployed.


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Poor girl
by: Anonymous

That is no company to work for, well now you know.
They have to have more control over the $, like you count it down before your shift and after & then you know right then and there if there's a shortage, or overage, then clear rules on steps taken to discipline if you're off or over, like strike 1-3 an so on....... Sorry they just didn't seem to care to care. You may have been the fall guy for the manger but you'll never know.

take care

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