I was recently let go from work via text message under the guise of "reallocation of labor hours." I had never been written up or anything of that sort. That being said, I was entrusted with a key to the store (it is a small business) over a year ago and the whole thing was prompted by the store manager text messaging me asking me for my key back randomly, which led to the "reallocation of labor hours" excuse.
I had already been in contact with the owner of said store stating that I will return the key when I can find the time to make it into the store as my office chair that I brought from home is there. The store manager messages me out of nowhere a week later threatening that if I do not return the key within a week, that they will be forced to buy new locks and I will be liable for billing of said process. For further painting of this picture, I was handed this key a year ago without ever signing anything and a policy does not exist in regards to this in what is loosely referred to as an employee manual. Harassment and poor management aside, am I liable to have to pay for the changed locks if I, for whatever reason, do not return said key? While this is not my intention, I am curious to know what my rights are.