An unfortunate situation has arisen at work. I originally had my shift covered for Oct. 6; when that fell through I went to my supervisor. After talking to him and the other breakfast server, who also happens to be my best friend, I still can't get the shift covered. I e-mailed the general manager to see if she could help me work out something. I explained to her that I have a test that day that I can't miss (it's the LSAT, if you're wondering; yes, it is more important to me than my job at this point) and offered what I thought was a possible solution.
Her first e-mail back to me felt like it had dismissed everything I had said. Just before I was going to reply to it, I got another e-mail from her saying she was trying to work on it and asking me if I was available at all that day. I replied yes, I will be able to make my bartender shift, just not the breakfast server one. The next e-mail asked if I could even cover a little bit of my morning shift; I replied no, because I can't.
I have a feeling that she won't find anyone to be able to cover it, but what I pretty much am going to have to tell her is (but will put much nicer when I say it) is, "Well, I'm still not going to be there." I realize that will probably get me written up (as a no-show) and/or leave me with no good references if I put in my 2 weeks and still don't show up if I'm scheduled that day. I fully understand the consequences of my actions. What I don't know how to do is tell this to general manager.
I was thinking something like this:
I am sorry this situation has happened and even more sorry that I am going to put any of you in a bind, but as I mentioned, I cannot miss this test. I know you worked hard to try to get that shift covered and I am sorry you weren't able to find anyone who could fill in. However, I still will not be able to be at work that day. I will turn in my two weeks notice immediately so that Supervisor can get the ball rolling on hiring someone else in hopes of getting that shift covered. Again, I am sorry I am putting any of you in this position.