I started a part-time job just yesterday at an upscale women's boutique-type store, which is inhabited by all, somewhat older female workers, but dominated, I feel, by one young, male manager. I get the feeling they all tiptoe around him, as there seems to be no camaraderie amongst them. That I can deal with (I think), but what really bothered me was that, at the end of my training shift, it was explained that all the female employees have to open their purses and empty their coat pockets before leaving the store in order to ensure no theft(s) has taken place during their shifts. This "routine check" happens in front of the customers! I find this demeaning and degrading, and do not want to go back. I was so upset I didn't sleep all night. I do not want to work in an environment of mistrust. I cannot fathom how a woman can work hard on the floor for hours and then be "checked" for theft! I thought that's what a background check was for, and we've all been through one, so I don't get it. And I can't help but wonder if the manager has to empty HIS pockets before leaving. Somehow, I doubt it. There are plenty of part-time jobs out there and I just want to be happy in whichever one I choose. Any advice?