So, I asked for time off a little over a month ago for the Friday after Thanksgiving and I was under the impression that my boss said he would cover my shift. Yesterday, I texted him to remind him and he had never heard of that agreement. I didn't talk with him about it since it was covered because I am terrified of talking about time off when things are going badly and things have been going badly since then. That was dumb of me.
Now, my boss is a very trustworthy person, and I believe him when he says he didn't write that on the board (We have a whiteboard we use for shift swap messages and requests for stuff and restocking and things like that). He's quite irritated and I was worried he thought I made the prior existence of the time off request up so I checked with some of my co-workers I remember telling me about it, and they remember this, too. He thinks someone must have put it on the board to be 'funny' or something, and is now (like, currently at time of writing) going to go stop business and figure out what happened by talking to each employee individually. I feel like this large-scale disruption of business and sudden scheduling problem is somehow my fault, though I don't know how yet. I don't have any enemies at work, that I'm aware of, so I can't think of any reason anyone would have done that, which makes me think that somehow I must have convinced my coworkers that the boss had written his name or something.
In any case, it seems to me like if I go Thanksgiving this year, I will be fired or need to quit. I am the person organizing Thanksgiving this year, and am providing transportation to two other family members and the food and basically am doing the whole thing. I have money saved up in case I am fired-- about 6,000$-- but I just don't really know how to handle this at all. Assuming this fiasco is somehow my fault, and I just don't know it yet, what do I do?
I work as a delivery driver at a pizza place in Northern California, at present.
So, I talked with my boss and the situation is now super different, but I am interested in how to handle how I felt/how things seemed at the time, rather than the new situation. I can't find any advice online for what to do when things are blowing up and emotional problems make you unable to reasonably assess what happened/what is going on, in a time-sensitive work-type problem situation.