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Sears / don't let your kids work at sears

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Do not let your kids work at sears. They take advantage of paying them minimum wage and are not a positive model of a child's first work experience. My child was accused of under ringing an item (A very minimal amount) , pulled into a room, drilled and made to fill out a form of what they preceived they did wrong, terminated and told them that nothing further would happen. Next thing is they had their law firm send a demand for payment and a large civil penalty. The kid hardly made that much while working there. The law firm could do nothing because they were following directions of sears. Made a call to the store loss prevention manager. We can't afford the penalty and lp stated they would see what they could do. Got a call back, pretty much told that there is nothing that could be done because if they did it for one they would have to do for all. I don't feel the penalty is worth that they call a crime. It's sad that such a large company gets its jollies from screwing up a kid and not giving a second chance to prove themselves. My kid is very upset on what happened and it has made for a very sad work experience. It's sad they thought my child was a great kid and a good worker. Sears just got richer - all the time my kid put in was for nothing and they benefited - because what they paid him, they are now taking back. We have shopped there for years and will never shop there again.
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Ke
  6th of Dec, 2008
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wow that is horrible. I understand where you are coming from becuase i see things like that happen all the time. i think it is just in the world of retail. These corperations mistreat theyre employees. Empoyees aren't given enought in money per hour, But the job description is So enormous they could be doing a management job and not geting paid for it. I work as a normal employee at sears but do extrodinary work. And I get deficated on every day by management and costumers becasue no one apriciates you're hard work in retail. Don't let you're child work in retail unless you are a fan of suicide or mental problems or stress.
Je
  24th of Mar, 2009
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Maybe if you're kid wasn't a thief, and maybe if it wasn't for the many other employee thiefs just like him, there wouldn't be the high shrink in retailers such as Sears half of which can be attributed to Internal dishonesty, and there would not be the need to recover the millions of dollars that these companies are investing in the prevention and detection of such malevolent acts. Believe me, these companies are not getting rich off these civil restitutions, they are merely attempting to recover a small pourcentage of the cost that would not be necessary if it were not were employees like your son. Tell him to grow a pair and stop needing his Mother to clean up after his spills, no wonder he does wrong, he knows mommy will always defend him nonetheless. This is pathetic that you consider it a reason to complain.
Ad
  24th of Aug, 2009
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I worked for Sears many years back and I can tell you that managers did things when they did not like an employee, but had no real reason to get rid of them, to set them up to be fired, including making stuff up. When others didn't go along with what those managers wanted, shortly afterwards you could count on the fact that they would find themselves canned. I also found it convienent that they often went after employees with benefits and the highest pay to fire to fill those slots at significantly lower cost. And before someone goes off on this, let me state that for those who went after Sears for the firing, they all won their cases in court, however Sears could not be forced to change the reason for the firing, which still screws them over, they just got their retirement and things of that nature back.
Li
  30th of Aug, 2009
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Maybe if your kid wasn't dishonest, then he/she wouldn't have gotten fired. If you underring an item and give an unapproved discount that is STEALING! I work in retail Loss Prevention and see kids steal everday. They need to learn the hard way if they are going to have poor judgement. It is stated at any retailers orientation that LP and managment has the right to pull an employee and discuss a situation. I have done it thousands of times and it has always resulted in termination because the associate has actually stolen in some way. Retailers loose 40% to 60% of their PROFIT (the amount they actually end up with after paying the bills) to EMPLOYEES. Your kid would have kept underring items, causing more and more of a loss. Dont gripe because you didn't teach him any better!
Fa
  30th of Aug, 2009
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Ignorance is no excuse, don't do dumb things if you don't want consequences.
Bo
  30th of Aug, 2009
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Why is your KID worth more than minimum wage? That's what minimum wage is FOR.
Ch
  25th of Oct, 2009
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He shouldn't steal or "under price " anything. Your kid made a mistake he cheated sears over. Theft is Theft. It's not sears it's your kid. Maybe he/she needs a better influence in their life.
Je
  25th of Oct, 2009
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WORKED FOR SEARS FOR 18 YEARS AND MY HUSBAND FOR 39 YEARS. WE BOTH STARTED AT THE BOTTOM AND WORKED OUR WAY UP IN MANAGEMENT AND HAD TO DO SOME TOUGH THINGS TO PEOPLE, BUT WRONG IS WRONG. I HAD TO FIRE A WORKER THAT I LIKED VERY MUCH AND HE WAS A GOOD WORKER BUT HE STOLE FROM US. BOTTOM LINE-IF YOU STEAL IT IS A CRIME REGARDLESS OF AGE. A BETTER COMPANY TO WORK FOR IS HARD TO FIND. IF YOU DO WRONG, YEAH YOU ARE GOING TO PAY FOR IT. AS FOR WAGES EVERYBODY STARTS AT MINIMUM UNLESS YOU HAVE A WORK BACKGROUND OR A COLLEGE DEGREE. AND JUMPING FROM ONE JOB TO ANOTHER TO ANOTHER IS NOT A GOOD BACKGROUND.
Jo
  30th of Nov, 2009
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All places like this start out a new employee at minimum wage idiot.
Bo
  5th of Jan, 2010
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Charlie72 and Libby858859 are as ignorant as the company; the kid rang something up wrong!! LEARN TO READ ###S.
Fr
  22nd of Dec, 2010
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Wow, none of you know how to read, the OP actually states ' My child was accused of under ringing an item'. Accused, not proved. None of you know this lad, none of you were there so you cannot assume he's guilty. ps - Isn;t taking a minor for what appears to be a criminal investigation by Sears illegal without either a parent or guardian present? Apart from the Op and others who have worked at sears and seen the behaviour first hand of the [censor] management you are all [censor]s.
Wi
  6th of May, 2011
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What is wrong with you people. This child was only accused of under-ringing. It was not proven in any way shape or form. How dare all of you sit there and call this child a theif when you were not there and you do not know the whole story behind it. I worked in management at another large retail chain for many years and I finally left there because the LP manager and another assistant manager asked me to help them set up a cashier for theft. The cashier missed several days of work because her mother was dying and she finally took FMLA as a result. While she was gone, LP and other managers decided they wanted to fire her because of her attendance but could not because of the FMLA. As a result, they accused her of stealing $7500 from registers. The sad thing is, they accused her of taking money while she was on a leave of absence. How dumb are they. I left the company when they asked me to participate in this scheme and I reported them to the Home Office, but it done no good. They sided with LP and said that they would never do something like this. The girl was arrested on the night she went back to work and embarassed in front of everyone. She has an attorney to help her, but just as in the case of this child with Sears, naive people want to believe what they hear and read rather than know the facts of a case. This girl was innocent and this child who worked at Sears is more than likely innocent as well. Don't Judge Someone Until You Walk A Mile In Their Shoes.
Un
  4th of Aug, 2011
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SEARS TAKES ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE DO TO THE FACT THAT MANY ARE UNEMPLOYED...
THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR WEL-BEING BUT THEIR BOTTONLINE ( CREDIT, MPA, THEIR BANK ACCOUNT) THE CEOs MAKING IN A HOUR WHAT THE ASSOCIATES MAKE IN 2YEARS, VERY SAD STORY...
PEOPLE WORKED SO HARD FOR THEM WHEN TIME COMES FOR PROMOTION, THEY MANAGER WILL PUT UP SOMEONE THEY LIKE FOR THAT..
THINK TWICE..
MY ADVICE TO YOU IS GO TO WORK, DO EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK, WORRY ABOUT YOUR POCKET AND GO HOME.
Yo
  21st of Sep, 2011
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get a life...what a bunch of whiners!!!
Yo
  21st of Sep, 2011
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overbreeders with no life except polluting everyone with your crotchfruit! please!
Pa
  15th of Jun, 2015
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Kmart is under the same corporation as sears and they do the same thing!! the managers seem to need to find a way to cover loss that they have problems managing. they have no problem pointing the finger at the smallest thing knowing they can collect hundreds of dollars in "civil penalties" from menial laborers.
Te
  3rd of Jun, 2016
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Sears - Don't let them steal from you
Sears
United States

After placing a large 12 week layaway at sears, the store abruptly cancelled my agreement. No explanation given. Payments were made according to terms of the agreement. At the time of cancellation employee checked computer and informed me they “still had items in stock”. Agreement clearly states that, “layaways which are delinquent by more then 14 days may be cancelled by sears”. I went into store immediately after due date to make payment which was due on January 20th and was informed that day a check had supposedly been mailed on the 22nd.WHERE IS MY MONEY! I have yet to receive a check 2+ weeks later.

All they can say is “it was mailed”. THEY REFUSE TO PLACE A STOP PAYMENT! THEY REFUSE TO ISSUE ANOTHER CHECK TO CORRECT ADDRESS! THEY REFUSE TO REFUND FEES FOR SETUP AND THEIR ERRONEOUS CANCELLATION! THEY REFUSE TO REINSTATE MY LAYAWAY! Here’s what they will do. Assign a case manager, then days later inform you, “he will be out of the office for an extended period of time”. Then, assign a replacement case manager who won’t ISSUE A STOP PAYMENT, WON’T ISSUE ANOTHER CHECK, WON”T REFUND FEES, WON”T REINSTATE LAYAWAY. But he will inform you that he also “will be out of the office for an extended period of time”.

All calls to corporate are abruptly ignored once they see your account has a case manager. Now I check online sears and of course items I already paid 800+ dollars on are showing out of stock as listed “unavailable”. Of course they won’t reinstate my layaway! Why would they want to honor the Black Friday prices, I had supposedly locked in with this layaway? They can see this supposed check hasn’t been cashed. I told them they have the wrong address. They won’t even ask for the correct address. WHAT A JOKE! DON”T USE SEARS LAYAWAY, DON”T LET THEM STEAL FROM YOU TOO! PLEASSSE avoid them next Black Friday and don’t fall for their Layaway Scam!

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