Back off, mom!
If you don’t know what a helicopter parent is… It’s the mom who texts every morning to make sure you brushed your teeth or the dad who calls your school to make sure your grades are high enough. If you’re not a victim of helicopter parenting, you probably don’t know what it’s like, but these stories will make you realize just how bad it can be.
First Job Blues
I managed, scheduled, and hired for “a fast food place” in a good neighborhood. Kid comes in for an interview in a button up and tie, I am liking him, want to know if he has extra curriculars so I can make sure neither of us are wasting our time. I hire him on the spot.
Comes in on his first day, looks like Mom dropped him off. Ok fair enough first job whatever. She sits down without ordering and watches him walk to the back to do computer BS. I go back to the front to work and she is still there. I go check the lobby about 30 minutes later. Still there. I get off, a couple hours later I get a call from my co worker asking about the new kid. I figure it was about his timecard or something. No. Woman is still there, manager wanted to know if the kid is special or something (he was not, wouldn’t have mattered anyway besides accommodating him.)
Get to work the next day, answer the phone. Woman wants his schedule. I say I can’t give it out he needs to ask for it or come to the store. She argues with me for a couple of minutes I absolutely refuse to give out his schedule.
He comes in about an hour later to get his hours, I had to pencil him in so I have the entire schedule book for the week out. She tried to take it from me. I snatched it and tossed it on the (employee) counter and tell her in the most “I’m being polite but F**k you” voice that she is not allowed to look at our schedules because she’s not an employee and that it is protected communications. She huffs, I give the kid his schedule. Don’t see her for a while, great.
About two months later she calls the store to tell me to cut his hours (?) because he’s “too busy” now. I called him into the office while I wrote schedules for the next week and asked HIM if he wanted his hours cut. He had no idea why I would ask to cut his hours. I explained his mom called, he looked at me with a 1000 yard stare and said “I just turned 18. Schedule me 40 hours a week PLEASE. I get out of school at 11:00, I can be here at 11:30.”
I scheduled him 38 hours, Mom calls and tries to yell at me. I explain that a) I am not her child, or a child at all, and will not be yelled at. b) her adult child asked for full time work. c) I do not under and circumstance owe her any explanation for how I do MY job. She calls two rungs up the ladder and speaks to the franchise supervisor. He told her if she’s so concerned about his work life to fill out an application.
Three and a half years later, I am not there, kid is a manager, Mom is still ridiculous.
TL;DR- hire an adult worker, Mom tries to make me cut his hours, he asks for more, Mom tries to get me fired by going above my boss to his boss, gets told to fill out an application (polite way of being told to f**k off) (Muhryzzle)
Growing up my next door neighbors told my parents that they needed to have my brother and I go to bed at seven o’clock because their kids could see our bedroom lights on after they had to go to bed and it made them jealous. (duckbuttercornpone)
Mommy Knows Best
know a kid whose mom never thought whatever school he was in was good enough. He could never make friends because he’d change schools two times a year and was never allowed to follow anything that he enjoyed, everything he did had to be something that would put him on track for an ivy league school.
Gets into an ivy league school and finally gets some freedom away from her, joins a band a discovers singing and apparently was really fuckin good at it. When he graduated he wanted to stay with the band and perform on weekends but the mom kept berating him for it and called him childish. He now works am upscale job in corporate America that his mom chose for him(through connections) that he hates.
After graduation his dad snapped and left his mom, literally just woke up one morning, got into his car, and drove off. (MountTuchanka)