Some companies’ policies don’t allow overtime, as paying minimum wage employees a slightly more humane salary is just not in their budget. Despite this, managers can overrule this when holidays arrive and they are in dire need of help. In this case, OP was working at a retail store; unsurprisingly, this was the type of company that paid its employees little but expected a lot. The holidays were fast approaching, and management knew that they were way behind, thus they would need many hands on deck. So management told OP and the rest of the employees that whoever wanted to work overtime, was allowed to do so. In fact, they were allowed to work as much overtime as they wanted.
Assuming employees wouldn’t work that much more anyway, the managers thought corporate wouldn’t blink an eye. To their surprise, employees milked that opportunity to the maximum extent. Whoever said people don’t want to work nowadays? In this case, such people are sorely mistaken. OP worked 42 hours of overtime that month, leading to a big fat salary that he wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.
As he wasn’t the only one, corporate caught on and got involved, as corporations do. Scroll down to read what happened next. For more, here is an employee who refused to attend an unpaid weekend vacation with their company; their boss was less than thrilled, and called them unprofessional.