Bullies Rob Your Self-Esteem Unless You Trust Yourself
by Dawn Morningstar
After my divorce I left Colorado and lived temporarily in Texas near my mother where I worked at JCPenney. I soon became the target of three young hairstylists.
I kept being polite to them but they were telling the Manager I picked fights with them when she was away. I was reprimanded even though I had witnesses to the contrary.
I was sprayed with a water-bottle by one stylist and I playfully sprayed her back whereby I was reprimanded for that.
Several women told me that the young girls were jealous of my 12yrs experience and the "daring" to charge higher prices. $45/haircut in CO but, lowered my price to the high end of JCPenney's $20-$25/haircut in Texas.
Then one day the Manager came and asked me into a room with a female police officer. I was told to sign a paper to resign or be fired and asked to empty out my chair/desk. 11 women stood with me outside and waited for my Mother to pick me up. They said they were trying to show solidarity for what they thought was unfair mistreatment. I was very appreciative for their friendship and support.
Then, it happened again in Illinois after I returned to college at SIUC but that is another story.