I worked for a company for almost four years before leaving to pursue other paths. I was asked during the pandemic to return as no one wanted to go back to work out of fear of the virus; employees admitted to me in confidence crying over how scared they were. I agreed to return to the store. A new manager was put in place to replace our former, who was switching positions, and was made clear on my position; I was to simply work the floors and enforce the new Covid-19 government regulations to ensure safety for everyone in the store, work at the door asking the safety questions and disinfecting baskets, and doing cash as I had before. Not one day into my return I was being asked to put stuff away, cut at the designated stations, help the employees doing the job I was terrible at doing (yes I had tried to do it before and could not handle it), all things I was uncomfortable doing and voiced I was against doing at the beginning. Reluctantly the assistant manager stopped forcing me to do such tasks, however constantly degraded my tasks as being useless (“you just twiddle you’re thumbs all day you do nothing” while customers were glued to them and invading personal space/social distancing without masks). The new manager had never had me work cash during this employment period, although I did it for almost four years exclusively and knew everything on how to do it and what to do as well as accompanying tasks; except one day where she poorly scheduled me to do both door check in and cash register at once: each a challenging task that required one person at each station. The assistant manager that day abandoned her post multiple times and left the cash and door completely un-attended to go in the back of the store and put stuff away, to which customers snuck in without disinfecting hands or following protocol and a long line formed at the cash. Another employee noticed the line at the cash and after months or even over a year of not doing cash register assumed the position of passing clients until I returned from my break. When confronted with situations that required this assistant manager’s decision, she simply shrugged and said “well I am not a doctor; they lie all the time let them in.” Quickly I was reassigned to doing tasks I was not willing to do but did so to avoid conflict such as re-labelling with new prices and putting away stock. Again not what I was told I would return for, yet I swallowed my disagreement and continued to avoid confrontation. I did as much as I could to avoid unpleasant situations. As a result of my ignorance of my other tasks due to my being forced to do other stuff, Covid-19 regulations slipped rapidly and customers became rude and offensive going so far as to try and spit on me and rubbing the stores hand sanitizer on another employee. People were becoming more and more incompetent and I was not being given permission to enforce what I was hired to do, being told it was un-needed and up to the client to obey on their own. Where we used to have one or two, perhaps three customers a day being rude, we now had one in ever five or ten. Not one manager ever came to our aid; they hid in the back and we had no means of contacting them for assistance before the customer either left the store after de-humanizing and humiliating us, or storming off into the store, to which we were told to just “leave it be and if they caused trouble they would handle it” (which they never did even after multiple crying sessions on the part of the employees serving them.) I requested a”NO HARASSMENT WILL BE TOLERATED” sign multiple times to protect us, however was informed that head office refused such a thing and would never allow us to put up any form of protection warning signs. I voiced my concern at a meeting with the whole store staff present, stating it felt unsafe and the new manager told me and everyone that she cared for our safety however my view would have to be discussed in private, which I had to initiate. On the day I asked to meet with her she let me explain all of my concerns, debunked them or if needed explain how to respond (useless as it was all repetitive of what she’d stated before but never allowed.) She let all of this conversation go along before ending with “by the way, we do not have enough hours to give you so you are going to have to be let go.” This was after she had just hired two new employees. I was told I was being let go because of lack of hours due to the full time cashier returning to the store full time, where management was under the assumption she would not and therefore was the reason I was asked back (not the case I was asked back because no one wanted to return and the store was short staffed.) These new employees were trained to do the same thing as me: cash register. She was letting me go after hiring two new trainees to do the same job I was capable of doing then said they took all the hours and therefore I was unneeded. I went quietly and politely. I was told my last pay cheque was at the store and I could pick it up on Thursday, however due to an unforeseen personal emergency I had to reschedule to the following day. I arrived to pick up my pay only to be told the new manager (who very happily came over to inform me herself) not to worry that she had my pay mailed that day, knowing full well I was coming in person to pick it up myself. They never mailed my last pay to me when I left the first time, this was unexpected and I was not told. Not one of my old coworkers spoke to me when I came to visit, as though they all knew a secret I did not and had to shun me. So it solidified my suspicions that I was not just let go but my manager simply did not like me and had me leave to avoid my continued employment. I, my family, and friends have requested no one shop at that store ever again as they do not care for their employees, very often made clear however never so abruptly as this. It is a niche store; our products are not sold everywhere and right now they are in high demand, however I refuse to shop there ever again and will pay triple the prices they charge just so I never have to go on their website, drop even a penny on their products, or step into their store again.