So I had to phone in yesterday and say I wasn't going in into work because I had a family emergency. I was supposed to do a night shift and I didn't get any sleep in the night or day as I had to unexpectly take someone very close to me to Gatwick (I live in Essex, quite a long way from the airport) due to a serious matter.
I wouldn't have missed work if I could but impossible for me to work 10 hours with no sleep at all in more than 24 hours.
I asked my manager if I could have this day taken off as a holiday (as I still have a couple of days to take that they say I need to sort out urgently) but I was told that they don't put holidays through so close to Xmas and to call the store and follow the normal absence procedure.
It just seems stupid to me. This was a day I was gonna miss anyway and not giving it to me as a holiday means that I will anyway miss another day for sure when I am off on holiday and they're always asking for overtime, meaning that they are always short of people.
It doesn't bother me really but I think it doesn't make much sense from their point of view either.