Today at work I was called into the office for a conference call with one of my managers and some corporate guy I've never met before. To make a long story short, basically the call was all about accusing me of stealing from the company, most specifically by ringing up returns when nobody is at the register. Now, I don't always have customers fill out the return slip completely (one of those things we're supposed to do but nobody does), which I admitted with no problem. But I've never done a phony return and pocketed the money.
Well, that didn't stop the guy from accusing me, and he said that he had tapes of me at the register doing some sort of crime. He kept on giving me this "Just be honest and tell me now what you've done and things won't be so bad" speech, and he asked me at least 3 times to admit to doing something wrong. I didn't know what to tell the guy, and after the third time he asked me I started getting pissed off and got ****ty with the guy.
Once the whole thing was over my manager came to me and said that they do this sort of thing to everyone and that she doesn't think I'm stealing and he doesn't have any tape of me doing anything. I did see 2 other people go in for a conference call today, so I think they had to go through the same thing. She told me that she's been working in retail for a long time and seen this crap a million times. Is this really a normal thing? Do companies regularly accuse their employees of things as a way to try to scare some dirt out of them? I was so mad that I was ready to quit the job right there, but that wouldn't be much of a worthwhile effort if all companies do this.