Everybody likes getting raises and promotions when they work hard for a company, right? Jeff Sherwood is no different and he was really looking forward to getting his first check that would include the raise he got when he was promoted to Shift Leader on November 3, 2014 at his job at Petro’s Chili and Chips in Knoxville, TN. The problem occurred on November 21 when Jeff received his check but his raise was not included on it. He was told at that point that the area manager would take care of it; however, when the next paycheck came two weeks later, he still did not receive the money for his raise. When he finally received a check from Petro’s nearly 6 weeks later on December 29, it was for the wrong amount. At that point Jeff had had enough and decided to create a video teaching the upper management at Petro’s how to calculate a paycheck.
Jeff told zoomdune.com that the check he received on Dec. 29 was $12.19 short of what he was supposed to receive. Instead of receiving $110.42 he received a check for $98.23. “After trying for so long to even get them (Petro’s) to give me a check for the amount they owed me, I feel like it’s the principle of the matter at this point,” Jeff told Examiner. He said, “I know a lot of people probably think $12.19 is a petty amount of money to argue about and maybe the video I created was a little bit extreme for $12.19, but the way I look at it, that is about an hour and a half of my time that I would be giving up for free.” Needless to say, Jeff did not cash the check that was sent but instead sent it back to Petro’s and explained to them that they did not give him the right amount and requested a new check. What happened next is what made him create the video.
“I was told by the owner of Petro’s that it wasn’t his problem but rather was the area manger’s problem. So in other words he was passing off responsibility to the person who messed up to begin with. At that point I figured I should intervene and teach the area manager basic math, because he seemed to be struggling to figure out how I got to the number that I got to,” Jeff said. In the video Mr. Sherwood walks upper management at Petro’s through each step that is needed to calculate his paycheck including telling them to take out a calculator and then showing them what a calculator looks like.
In the video Jeff asks a very important question, “Could this embarrassing math lesson be avoided?” and according to him it could have if they would have given him the money they owed him 6 weeks ago. Instead Petro’s chose to slow roll him and unfortunately for them it created bad publicity that was very unnecessary. Jeff told Examiner, “When I was first hired by Petro’s I heard stories about these kinds of things happening but didn’t believe that they would happen to me. Boy was I wrong!”
According to Jeff, he is not the only Shift Leader who has had this type of problem with Petro’s. He was told by a fellow shift leader while working there that she had the same problem, but she took matters into her own hands and did what is known by the company as a “paid out” where she could pay herself the money she was owed out of the money the store had on hand. Also, a shift leader at another location who was supposed to get her raise on December 1 did not receive her raise on her check either. What is even worse is the last check before Christmas was supposed to be the one with her raise on it and the company pretty much told her, “Tough luck, we’ll get it straightened out.” Meanwhile she was not able to buy her husband a gift for Christmas because her check was much smaller than she had anticipated.
The video created by Jeff Sherwood was posted to his YouTube channel on December 31, 2014 and can be seen on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyx5oZHvCsA. Was the video a little too much or did Jeff teach Petro’s a lesson? Sound off with your comments in the section below.