First things first, I'm a 17 year old (just graduated from high school two weeks ago) who's been employed at Kmart for 21 months. Kmart was/is my first job. I work 5-6 days a week, and in the whole time I've been employed there, I've called in sick once. I'm going to college next fall, so I've never planned on having Kmart be a part of my longterm future. I've put up with what I believe to be are terrible working conditions for quite some time now. I'm a part-time worker who comes very close to working full-time hours on a weekly basis. I'm one of the best workers in the store, and I'm not trying to brag (who would brag about this kind of thing?) I'm able to work in nearly every department in the store (checkouts, self-scan, layaway, electronics, sporting goods, hardware, toys, housewares, health and beauty, pantry, garden shop, etc.), and it isn't uncommon for me to work four or five different departments in a given week. When several of the managers see that I'm working, they give me extra things to do that other part-timers like myself wouldn't be given to do. Coworkers jokingly call me "Kmart's bitch." The fact that I work so many different places makes me seem quite replaceable - if I were to cease working there, it wouldn't be hard to replace me; five different people might pick up an extra day of work per week, and that's it. There would be no gaping hole if I left. Anyway, why am I in such a hurry to get out of the place? Well, not only do I absolutely abhor going in to work these past couple of months (I used to not hate the place), but on a solid 75% of my days off, I'm asked to come in and work for people who have called in sick or requested days off after schedules have been posted. Now, when I started working at Kmart I made the mistake of saying yes most of the time they called and asked me to come in. But now, even though I routinely say no, they continue calling me. Today they've called and left messages on my machine twice, just asking me to "call back when you get this message." What's worse, sometimes I'm asked point-blank if I "have any plans" for such and such a day, and if I could work for a "few hours." After I agree to work for a "few hours," I'm told that I can come in for a full eight hour day. Yeah, okay, great. Oh, and get this: On numerous occasions where I've said that I couldn't come in on a day off, or I couldn't stay late for someone who called in (ie. I'm already scheduled 2-6, but they want me to stay until 10), the managers get mad at me! Hello, I'm not the person who called in! Most recently, after agreeing to work for a "few hours" one Friday a couple weeks ago, I've ended up doing all sorts of painting that the district manager requested be done. It's all touching up doors, walls, etc., and I've already worked three eight-hour days (that I was scheduled to have off) doing it. For some reason, my managers have come to the conclusion that it is my responsibility to get it done. (This is probably why they've already called twice today.) I understand that I'm partially to blame for not standing up to these people, but with this still being my first and only "real world" job, and still being only 17, I guess I'm still a bit afraid to stand up for myself. I really can't believe that these managers feel it's okay to pull this kind of crap. From talking to coworkers (the ones too old to call me "Kmart's bitch"), I'm not the only one who feels that I'm being taken advantage of. So, back to my question. Is it okay to walk in tonight and leave my stupid red vest in front of the personnel door? It wouldn't be the first time a worker there has quit without notice (just about a month ago four people quit or were fired in the same week), and you know, I can really see why. Kmart is a terrible place to work! I've got three grand in the bank and only $150/month car payments to make, so I've got the time to find another job... I don't know. I just really don't think I could handle another two weeks of this nonsense. Help!