This is not me, but I was at the hairdressers yesterday, and my friend works there.
She has an illness, which is contagious and not very nice. She is sick and miserable, but will be better in about three-four days with medication. She came into work on Wednesday when she first got sick even though she felt terrible, because she thought it was the right thing to do, and not leave them in the lurch.
Yesterday, however, she was very sick and physically could not make it to work. This is fine with her boss, her boss is not insane. Boss was calling customers (inc me) to see if appointments could be changed, or if they were okay with another hairdresser performing the work. I was cool with the other girl and went in a bit earlier to help out.
Other Girl tells me that in calling the customers they encountered a Very Special Person. She refused to change the appointment, but would not let OG work on her. Carried on like a pork chop and refused all offers. Sick Friend must come in Friday to do her hair! And if VSP gets sick, she will be very angry!
I told SF to tell VSP it wasn't possible, but Boss doesn't not want to lose customers in this economy, and SF is worried that VSP will go somewhere else. So SF is coming in today to do VSP's hair, even though she is contagiously sick! And magically will not get VSP sick.
I tried to say that VSP's business can't be worth sick days for everyone for a week, if SF gets all the staff sick too, but no backbone emerged.