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Dollar Stores: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
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1 week ago

As a former dollar tree employee... 100% accurate. Even the parts you were joking about. I really can't stress this enough.
We were told to stack helium containers in front of the fire exit.
I threatened to call the fire marshal.
They ignored me.
I called.
They threatened to have me fired.
I got my boss investigated by OSHA, made them into a liability for the company, got them fired, then quit.

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1 week ago

I worked at a local Dollar General, and as a former employee, I approve this message.

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4 days ago

Man, the anti-union orientation/training videos brings me back to my time working at Lowe's. I laughed pretty hard at the BS scenarios. What's sad though is that a lot of people don't realize that that's propaganda. I had coworkers who genuinely believed the nonsense. Also, any time a company tells you that you're not allowed to talk about your wages with your coworkers, that means you should ABSOLUTELY talk about your wages with your coworkers.

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1 week ago

Imagine all the employees they could have hired with all the millions in fines they have had to pay.

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1 week ago

About 25 years ago I worked for a company that merchandised cards. My job was to go in and reset the card displays. I was sent into a Family Dollar that was changing some of it's layout. I noticed the employees taking laundry soap off the shelves and tossing it into bins. I asked one of them if they weren't afraid they were going to damage the product. They told me it was all going into the trash and that they had just restocked it YESTERDAY!!!! Even though they knew they were going to be moving where it went, over a month earlier. I asked about them donating it or taking it home to use since they were throwing it into the trash. They said they put a camera on the trash bins to keep the employees from doing this (even though they didn't even have a camera watching the registers!) and the trash was kept inside to keep people from taking it out of the trash to use. Now this wasn't a few things of soap. This was an ENTIRE AISLE, JUST STOCKED. When I asked why they didn't donate it the employee said she had asked corporate the same when she first started working there. The response "those people are our base customers and if we donate it, they wont come buy it".
I've never purchased anything there since.

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1 week ago

Many people in this country are working in situations that treat workers like slave labor. Meanwhile the corporations are raking in the dollars. Thanks for shining a light on one of many awful situations.

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1 week ago

I worked at Walmart for a while, and a few of my coworkers described working at Dollar General as a torture chamber. They say that WHILE working at Walmart

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6 days ago

Feeding the warehouse rat a Pringle is somehow a wholesome vibe

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1 week ago

I’m glad you covered the twisted world of Dollar stores. In our town, the fire department actually forces Dollar General to close AT LEAST once a week due to the fire hazard created by the bursting freight trolleys and cases of merchandise shoved down the aisles.

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6 days ago

my mom was an employee for 5 years, always gave the extra mile to ensure her store looked decent, staying longer hours and even sacrificing her weekends to make sure her store was staffed. There were other employees who would literally steal or come to work drunk so when my mother would send them home due to this, they complained to her manager and her manager waited for her to make a mistake and fired her for being late 10 min cause her car died on her and couldnt get a jump start from anyone in time. This place is a literally the absolute worst..... I feel bad for my poor mom.

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4 days ago

11:36 "we take prompt action"

Our ice cream freezer has been dead and empty for at least a month. We are losing sales and getting complaints.

It took me 12 minutes to cook a 5 minute meal today (i did keep track of all this as it's not the first time it happened) because the microwave kept tripping the breaker. I had to walk into the boiler room to flip it back on TWENTY SEVEN TIMES. Issue at its current severity is ongoing for months, but the first time it happened to me it was over a year ago, although it was only once. The problem has gotten so much worse, you can't even use it for a few seconds.

I complained to my manager and the first thing she told me is that she never uses the break room. Then she explains why it happens, then told me it's the landlord's problem, and that she'll talk to them. (paraphrasing here) So the issue's out of her hands. Where is our prompt action?

DG corporate does not give a single cah-cuh about the issues inside the stores. Their action is NOT AT ALL PROMPT.

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5 days ago

I work at Dollar Tree. Last winter the heating system was out and the front door would not automatically close, so it was left open when it was 14 below zero outside. I was wearing gloves at the register. Then, this summer, the Air Conditioning didnt work. The candy was melting on the shelves and we had 1 box fan that one of our employees bought at the Goodwill to keep the air moving. A few weeks ago we ran out of bags and just had to hand the customers their items back to them. We only have 2 people scheduled at a time: a cashier and a manager. The lines are always long and the back room has so much freight we cant walk back there. On top of all this, there isn't room on the shelves to put any of the products when we do have time to stock shelves. OH, and the pay is 9$ an hour, after a year of working there, I got a 25 cent raise. The security cameras only record the front door and the registers (this is to prevent the cashiers from stealing, not in case of a robbery). Last week, we found a rat in our store under the cash register! 100% of this segment is true!

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1 week ago

Love that companies always say, "A union only gets between us and our employees". I am sorry but if I am alone in the room with my abuser, I want someone to jump in between us.

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1 week ago

As a former manager of a gas station belonging to a large chain, all of this has been happening there too. This is what happens when accountants run the company

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6 days ago

Years ago, I was in a Goodwill...they get most of their merchandise for free, the CEOs are millionaires/billionaires, mark up some products more than what the same thing at the dollar stores cost yet a friendly employee told me she hadn't had a raise in 8 years. Insane. The corporate greed in out of control. I now call them GREEDYWILL.

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4 days ago

I work at Home Depot and the bird and rat problems hit close to home lol. Just today I could smell a dead one in a trap in the store. A while back a customer's terrier was going nuts trying to crawl into the shelves, and she told me "You've got rats". I'm like we know lmao. We also have to clean rat and bird piss and shit off of products instead of throwing them out, it's disgusting. Some of the shelves in garden are just full of rat shit when you take the product out and get a good look, and we don't follow proper safe cleaning procedures. It's all the seed that attracts them, I'm not sure what the solution is but the few traps scattered through the store sure aren't doing it.

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1 day ago

I live in Brooklyn and the Dollar Tree near Myrtle Ave-Broadway had giant rats parading around. I also used to work at a Dollar Tree distribution center. One thing not mentioned in this video is the brutal labor practices at those warehouses. The stores are jam packed because the other side of the equation besides cheap products is the brutal productivity standards that leads to people working until exhaustion to get so much of the cheap crappy product into the trucks and inside the stores. It was like a death camp.

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1 week ago

My sister suing dollar general, her son slipped on spilled laundry detergent and hit his head in the store. Corporate refused to even speak with her or file an incident report.

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1 week ago

Speaking as somebody who literally just quit their job at DG, this feels like the ending cutscene in a video game.

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1 week ago

One more thing. After 2.5 years as a full time employee & over 2 years as a assistant manager, I could go to any fast food joint & make more $ on day 1 than I was making while I held a entire communities store together. I did what I did for my community but finally had enough & just recently told them to shove it. #FDG

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