I worked at a bookstore for several months. Everything was going well and I had no problems or issues.
One day I was working the cash register and the manager came in and said he was conducting interviews most of the day in the back. He said not to bother him unless it was an emergency. A man came into the store and told me he was interviewing for a position and I directed him to the back. I later saw him come out of the back and start shopping for books. The next interview came in and I directed him to the back. The first interviewee came up to the register to purchase a lot of books. He bought around $200 worth of books and paid on his credit card. I took the payment and put the company copy of the receipt in the register and closed it. It was at that point he asked for change for $1. I knew the manager was in an interview, but I couldn't open the register. I rang up a sale for $0.01, took his dollar and gave him four quarters. Later the manager came out after his last interview to check on things. I told him what happened, and asked him to void the sale. He had no issues doing this. Then he went back to doing more interviews.
A few hours pass by and he comes out and walks up to me and says he has to fire me. I was shocked and asked why. He said it was for opening the register without a sale. This was against company policy. He also said that my till was short by over $5 multiple times.
As to the first part, I was never told of this policy. If the policy is true, I did technically violate it, but unknowingly. If I knew it was against policy and could get fired for it, I would have never done it. Voiding sales was not common, but not uncommon. You might void a sale after ringing it up, but the customer changes their minds and leaves. There were other reasons to void a sale as well. I was just looking to help a customer out who literally spent over $200 in books. To me this was good customer service.
The second reason is - pardon my French - pure bullshit. In the hundred or so times my drawer was counted, I was off maybe two or three times. And in those two or three times, I was only off by a single coin. I know this as after the end of every shift as a cashier, you take your drawer to the back and count it up yourself and write the total in the log. Then a manager counts it up and writes the total in the log. Then you both sign the log. Therefore I know being over $5 off multiple times is completely false.
I was to shocked to say anything, so I left.
What are my options?
This is in the US.