My daughter is 18 and works at a fast food restaurant as a manager-in-training. She admitted last night that there is SO much toxicity with all associates, including management. Last night, a coworker assaulted her (again) and has a "bad temper" but won't get fired as he's related to a manager. He's pulled out his gun numerous times, yells, screams, intimidates, pushes, shoves, etc. She wants us (her parents) to stay out of this and we've implored her to quit. She wants to handle this herself, although she's putting herself in danger by simply walking through the front door. We cannot call the police nor can we force her to not go back. Of course we're terrified for her safety. She loves her "nice" coworkers and is worried about finding another job (she's still in HS and honestly does not need the $). Any advice as to what can be done here?
Update: We forced our daughter to quit. Actually, I called the franchise and laid into them. The response from this "manager" was deplorable. She couldn't even string together a cohesive, educated sentence and placed blame on my daughter, yadda. I tried to reach someone in corporate to no avail (I did unearth the CEO's email but chances of him reading it would be slim). I called the sheriff's office for ANY direction (i.e., could an officer escort her inside to return her uniform, etc.). Bottom line is no (unless charges were pressed). There's much more, but in short, we removed her from the situation and found her counseling. It's been one heck of a week and she's emotionally drained and still processing it all. This is her 3rd job in fast food and I hope it's her last. This latest, however, is hands-down the worst. As for the perp that pushed her against walls, onto the floor (and poured water on her), pushed her into the deep-frying area, pulled her outside and locked her out of the store (late at night), threatened her with his gun, verbally abused her (and others)..well, there's a special place in hell for him. It's not up to my daughter to report him to protect others - she would only do so to protect herself (she's not inclined to so). Everyone there knows what's going on, including upper management. So for HER safety, she's moving on but not until she gets the help that she needs. Why she didn't leave months ago when this escalated is lost on me, hence the dire need to get her help.
THANK YOU to everyone that commented. Truly.
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