My birthday was on a Friday this year.. I requested it off SIX MONTHS in advance (the entire weekend) because you only turn 21 once. I mean, I didn't expect to be pregnant by the time my birthday came up, but what can you do?
However... Knowing I had HUGE plans for the weekend (including reservations at a nice restaurant, and a day planned at Six Flags,) they scheduled me without asking me to work. LAST MINUTE, because the other lady that did the same shift called to take the weekend off. There was ONE other person who could have worked, and they didn't even ask him... I was so upset!
If I'm scheduled beforehand because I forgot to request it off, no big deal. If it's during the weekdays, I really don't care, I'll take the weekend off. (Even though I'm a summer baby, so I had all the free time in the world.) I actually prefer my birthday to come on a payday week, lol, otherwise I wait to celebrate it normally. I just HATE when they do stuff like turn around and schedule you after you've been promised the day off for MONTHS!