I have calmed down now and am no longer fuming, but I think I probably should be. First of all, I'm not convinced that company policy says that all employees who touched the till have to chip in to fix it. I have a feeling that the manager or whoever's in charge is 'responsible' but even so, I don't think they should have to pay it back, either.
At previous places I've worked (hello Dome: in hindsight, I love you and all of your stupidly detailed systems and policies!), if you're the supervisor/manager/person in charge, then if the till is down, you try your best to find out why.
You talk to staff, you count everything three times and if it's still wrong, you tick the box on the computer that says "counted everything three times and cannot find reason" (Yep, that's actually what it said).
You take note of it, and if money keeps going missing, you look for the common factor and hopefully find out who is stealing or lacking in basic maths skills.
At no point in this equation do the employees put money in the till. That is just dumb; it leaves you with some resentful employees who might as well start stealing from the till, because at least that way they're not losing money by coming to work.
Screw that place. I'm going to start looking for something else. And then I'm going to call in sick every day on my last week, so that they can't take any more of my hard earned money/time.
Phew. Let's try not to end on that note, shall we? We are going to have a high tea on Sunday as a very belated birthday celebration for me! I don't know how 'high' it'll actually be - I'm fairly sure we'll dress up and cut the crusts off some sandwiches, but let's face it, we'll still be in Walthamstow.
This is from afternoon tea that I had in Perth with some very lovely ladies.
Oh how I miss you, sunshine and Perth friends!
And also, I have a day off tomorrow! How awesomely fun and nice - I will enjoy every second of it!