The Pony put a hold on a route in Backroads while another carrier is on vacation. Instead of his usual day off of Tuesday, it gave him Mondays off. Like an actual weekend! Sunday and Monday, two consecutive days! In addition, the Monday holiday meant that The Pony would also be off Saturday, since his day off fell on the holiday.
Or so The Pony believed. Technically, he was correct. Of course The Universe does not always favor fair play, nor The Pony's feelings. On Friday, he was told that he would be working on Saturday.
The Pony is a good egg. A steady, dependable worker. He has been at his job for two years now. Building up good karma. It doesn't matter much to the post office, which runs on union rules and seniority. But The Universe must have a soft spot for our little Pony. I got a text on Saturday morning at 9:30...
"They were going to force me to work today on my holiday, but then for some reason when I went in they said I could leave. So NOT-HEAVEN, YEAH! I got home and made a big breakfast."
"That's definitely a big breakfast! I wonder why they let you go. Anyone else?"
"I was first on the list since I was the only one being made to go in. The others volunteered, and thus got paid less."
"I suppose more volunteered than they needed?"
"I think the usual suspects they expected to call out didn't."
"Were you first on the list to be made to work because of the hold down? And it not being your regular day off, maybe? Or because of seniority?"
"No. I was first to get off because I was the only forced one. I was forced to work because I'm the most junior, even though it was supposed to be my day off."
"Okay. So seniority."
"Yeah. Reverse seniority, technically."
"Technically, I stand corrected."
So The Pony go this 3-day weekend anyway, with only a short interlude to get showered and dressed and drive three blocks to the post office. All he lost was the delicious anticipation of that 3-day weekend on Friday evening.
But he DID gain a delicious breakfast from being up and about earlier than he would have if he'd been sleeping in on his holiday.