I know a lot of you guys work in retail, so you might be able to shed some light on a situation I may not be seeing the right side of. To make a long story short, I may be getting fired. My primary income is from SSDI, but a few days a month and when I can get extra hours I work at a drum shop (drummer primarily). As one of the perks of working there and really our only benefit, we get things at cost. One of our rules is that you don't take the last of an item in stock and for the obvious reason that we'd rather run out of an item because a customer purchased it and not an employee. This is of course just on principle, but also because we'd rather that if we run out of something, especially something common, that we make a profit on it rather than only getting back cost. I understand this.. however on Sunday I had an emergency. My band is recording and I needed a drumhead. We only had one left of what I needed, and if I didn't take it I was going to be hard off for recording. I knew this, and the employee working at the time knew this, yet for some reason we debated and figured that the head I was buying was not a big deal if I took the last. It's a common size and model yes, but not something someone was going to buy every day and most likely we'd have the new head order in by then. Well I was wrong. The owner called me, furious because a customer came in, wanted that particular head and we were out. I apologized and told him to charge me MAP for it so at least we were making some profit for my mistake. He didn't care about that, he cared of the fact that a customer wanted something and to quote him "Now I look like an ******* for not having something common in stock". I completely understand this, yet I told him that while the principle of a customer not getting something because an employee took it is understandable, it really is no different of a situation than if a customer had came in and purchased it. Yes I may have cost us business on that item, because I'm the reason it's not in stock, but the customer doesn't know why it's not in stock any more than another customer would. So again I apologized and told him I understand where he's coming from and I wish I could fix the situation but I can't. He told me he has fired someone for that before and is trying to think of a reason as to why he shouldn't fire me. He wants to talk to the other employee to figure out why he let me take the head even though he knew it was the last one in stock, and how we could debate over the rule when we knew what it was...again I acknowledged that error in judgement. I will accept whatever happens, and in a way I will be a little relieved. For various reasons, this is a difficult place to work at times because lack of communication and organization and I can only think there is a positive spin around the corner to this happening. But I just feel that if I get fired for this, it would have been an overreaction. This is my first actual "offense" and any other issues I've had have been a result of again, lack of communication or organization in the store, which the owner has always acknowledged (ie. a customer comes into the store to pick up a custom order, the owner never told me where it was, and we miss it because it was buried somewhere in back, so the customer wasted a trip). What do you guys think? I don't know if while I get all the angles here, if I'm missing something. I am a very dedicated person, and have bent over backwards without even being asked for our store, and while I had a momentary lapse in judgement, it is small compared to what I have done for the store.