After a three week probationary period at JC Penny, a looong time ago, in a gloomy department that took credit payments and returns….
My supervisor said I was doing well… BUT she’d heard me giggling, and once even laughing with a customer (gasp!), when I was behind the cash register.
I was “too cheerful” (!!) and she wanted me to promise to “act more serious” in order to continue my employment.
When I said I had no desire to promise, she said….
“If you refuse to comply, I’ll have to release you from your obligation to work for JC Penny.”
I asked whether I was being terminated.
She said no…. but wished me well in the many exciting opportunities that lay ahead for me now that I was not obligated to JC Penny.
She became completely flustered when I laughed.