Ok, here is the situation(and I will be as impartial as possible telling only the honest facts): I work at a store and I enjoy the co-workers, the store, the customers, and even my boss who is the store owner. I work there part time, and have been there for the past two and a half years. Over the past year or maybe just a bit longer my hours have slowly been getting cut so that other workers may have increased hours(a previous employee who was full time came back and they gave her the bulk of my hours because she really had some bills to pay - I kid you not, this is what my manager told me). I explained that I would like additional hours and they promised that on the next schedule they would put in a few more hours. This has been going on for a while now, and they hired in another person(brother to the returning employee) because they said they needed someone as a 'fill in' person when others asked for time off. Which made me a little upset because I was cut back to MAYBE 10 hours a week - on a good week; usually it was more like 5. I asked for, and was granted, the privilege of purchasing items at wholesale; even though that was normally a privilege for full time employees. To accommodate the new employee they hired, my time was further cut to 3 hours a week. Always with promises that they would have more hours available on the next schedule when one of the other employees went on vacation; except it never materialized. This past weekend I was scheduled to work 3 hours, but we had an important event to attend and I had forgotten to ask for the day off(it was on Friday), so since it was me who messed up I was just going to work my shift and then go on to the event, even though I would be late. However, my husband absolutely refused and said the event was planned and we were going to go for the full day - he called in for me because I said I would not, if he wanted me to take the day then he needed to call in. He was polite about it, and explained the situation, but said I would not be in that day. Later, I received an email from the boss/owner stating how disappointed they were in me and how I would no longer receive the wholesale pricing and how it was a good thing I had stocked up the day previous. I understand their disappointment, but I have been a faithful, dependable, hard working employee for the few(disappointing) hours they schedule me. I also understand that there was not a guarantee of a certain number of hours and they were, and are, within their rights. I am not questioning that portion; my question is what would you do if you were in such a situation? If you were being disciplined because you could not come in to work for one day? As a side note, no one can survive on 3 hours a week - so I obviously wasn't working because I was in dire need of the job... hey, maybe if I had bills to pay I would have gotten more hours?!! Anyway, any one want to chime in with what they would do?