Okay. I work the cutting counter at JoAnn Fabrics. I get to work at 7:00 AM, and am off at 12:00. Corporate decides how many hours my managers can give out, which is why I only work five hours. Noon happens to be when things get busy. So we had a lot of people waiting, and it's already almost five minutes after noon. If I stay too long, I get CHEWED OUT. In Washington state, after five hours, you are required BY LAW to take a lunch, or clock out. This is for hourly people. So I had to leave. For the past ten minutes I had been calling for a back up cutter. Calling and calling, and the only backup says really loudly "I'm ringing at the register, I'll be there as soon as I can!!!" So everyone waiting can hear it. I finish with my customer, and clean up my area. Meanwhile, a lady comes and stands in front of me. She probably has the next number. I smile and say "I'm sorry, someone will be here soon." NOTE. There is another cutter besides me, I was leaving her by herself, the manager would have made it two people cutting. So for the record, I was NOT leaving the counter empty. I go to clock out, and the lady says some things under her breath that I can't even repeat on here. I was not shocked, as this happens sometimes. It was just amazing, because she had heard me trying to get someone there to take my place. I can't do anything more. Yes, I understand that the line is long. I have waited in lines myself. I know that it's horrible especially at the PO when you're waiting, and you're next, and the teller closes. Trust me, I've been in these situations before. But I, as an employee, was as courteous as possible. What she said was in no way appropriate. It's amazing how people waiting practically have a group mentality. If one person happily asks another what project they're working on, the other person will be more than happy to chat. Soon they're so deep in conversation that I can barely get their attention when I'm ready to cut for one. BUT on the other hand, if one starts to complain about how horrible the wait is, everyone else will immediately agree and start murmuring angrily. It's really weird to watch. Thanks for anyone that read this whole thing. I'm not one of those rude employees. I'm not disgruntled. I like my job. I try so hard, and always have a smile on my face. If the wait is long, I apologize. I help with patterns, and colors, and measurements. Most of the time, my job is fun. But no matter what, I dread my time to clock out.