Expired Donut Refund, Your Fired!
I am a prisoner at the Jameson Annex of the South Dakota State Penitentiary and I cannot believe I got fired for something as petty as asking for a refund on 3 packages of chocolate donuts that were sold to me that were one week past the sell by date.
I have been working one day a week helping hand out commissary to prisoners for about a year. I enjoyed the job and the $10 to $12.50 every month helped me out. I never got into trouble or had any problems while working so I was suprised at being fired for asking for a refund.
Earlier this week I did an informal resolution (grievance paperwork) to get a refund on the 3 packages of chocolate donuts that cost $3.57. I turned in the prison grievance and the next morning I was called to the unit coordinator's office. I went there where I was told by the unit coordinator: "I talked to commissary and they will refund the money from the expired donuts to your account." I said good. Then the unit coordinator also said that "They fired you, they don't want you to
1 over work at commissary for them anymore." When I stated this is clearly retaliation for asking for a refund for expired donuts that were stamped Sell By 07/17/2020, but I got on 7/26/2020 which tasted funny like wax and one package had mold in it, he said "You shouldn't have grievanced it."
I am in prison so there is nothing I can do about this retaliation. Being fired for simply requesting a refund for expired donuts seems like a real petty reason to take my job that I have had for about a year.
That is my story of losing my commissary job. So what do all your readers think? Do you think I should have lost my prison job earning 25 cents an hour for simply asking for a refund?
P.O. Box 5911
Siuox Falls, SD
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