by Barry Burch Jr.
Wow, Journeys, talk about bad publicity. When employees are willing to go as far as to walk out on the job, and leave behind a detailed reason for why, and for all customers, and at this point, the entire world to see, a company can rest assured that they have indeed gone beyond a minor slip in their human resources department, if they even have a human resources department, of course.
In a sheer sign of being fed up, tired and ready to go, several employees at Journeys footwear and apparel inside the Market Mall in Rochester, New York allegedly walked out on the job, leaving behind a handwritten note describing the reason for their absence to their manager, “Jamie.” As reported by Yahoo! Shine, the note, which hung from the shop’s security bars read:
“Dear Jamie, since you decided to say ‘Cancer is not an excuse’ and think it’s OK to swear at your employees like you do all the time, we quit. This is why you can’t keep a store manager longer than a year. You abuse your [role] and staff. Enjoy the fact that you just lost a store manager, co-manager, and key holder in the middle of Back to School. Think next time you treat people the way you do. We aren’t allowing it anymore. Niki, Jess, TJ.”
A mall employee and Reddit user posted a photo of the sign to the social networking site. The post received nearly 3,000 comments, including several former Journeys employees, willing to reflect on their experiences working for the chain.
Sinistare wrote, “I left the company simply because I couldn’t take the injustices I was a witness to, both being done to myself and unto others. Something needs to be done about the way Journeys is run and the way their employees are treated. Staff members and management need to stand up and unify against the insane amount of hours, the terrible pay, the disrespectful upper management, and the responsibilities placed upon a staff.”
Saranl wrote, “I worked for Journeys for two and a half years and it looks like I got out at just the right time . . . My mom was in the hospital after having stents put in and I was so scared of [my boss] that I broke down in tears because he wouldn’t let me leave two hours early to spend time with my mom who had just gotten out of the hospital.”
User Sabbatai: “I quit Journey’s for very similar reasons . . . they don’t care one little bit about their employees.”
And Drefxdeficit wrote, “I’ve worked at a Journeys for 5 years. I’m happy to see this.”
A former Journeys manager even chimed in. BadGnysbears expressed memories of his grueling hours for low pay and a higher-up who would scream at colleagues, according to Yahoo! Shine.
A representative for Journeys refused to provide any comments to the site; however, the company updated their website, which now showcases this statement: “We take situations like this seriously and are currently investigating this issue. Beyond this, we have no comment.”